New York City Travel Guide: Sightseeing

New York City Travel Guide: Sightseeing
New York City has been a major tourist destination for years and with good reason. "The City," as New Yorkers refer to their home, teems with sightseeing opportunities. Whether you're seeking details about the nation's colonial past or simply pursuing leisure activities in an urban environment, New York City will meet your needs.

Unicycles and Tombs

Explore General Grant National Memorial while perfecting your unicycle skills. There might be better ways to explore the largest tomb in North America but not many are as much fun. Twice a month, members of the New York Unicycle Club swarm the tomb site to practice their skills. Watch in awe as men and women one-wheel their way around each other as if practicing for a circus. Club members encourage visitors to show up with their own unicycles--or use one of theirs. Beginners are welcome. The final resting place of the former president and Civil War general is perched on a rise above Riverside Park. The tomb is only a few blocks from the stately campus of Columbia University, which makes for an interesting side trip.

New York Unicycle Club
http://www.newyorkunicycle.com/blog/

General Grant National Memorial
http://www.nps.gov/GEGR/index.htm

Urban Golf

Practice your golf swing at Chelsea Piers. With the Manhattan skyline behind and New Jersey across the Hudson River ahead, golfers can get to work on the driving range while river traffic motors by. Guests need not worry about toting a bucket of balls; the range uses an automatic tee-up system. By simply inserting a prepaid ball card in the assigned lane's card reader, balls begin to immediately pop-up. Card rates start at $25, and clubs are rented individually at $4 and sets for $12. For $45 more, guests can practice on the simulator, which offers 51 championship courses.

Chelsea Piers
Golf Club
Pier 59

23rd Street at the Hudson River

New York, New York 10011

(212) 336-6400
http://www.chelseapiers.com/gc01.htm

Colonial Walks

If bus tours leave you feeling claustrophobic, take a walking tour to explore Revolutionary Manhattan. Patriot Tours offers a highly informative Revolutionary tour of the downtown area. Clocking in at just over 2.5 hours, these tours combine gripping stories of colonial times along with visits to many monuments. Discover what the city was like when the British imposed martial law or what life was like in colonial New York City. Monuments on the tour include St. Paul's Chapel, a national historic landmark; and General George Washington's headquarters at Bowling Green. Tours are limited to 10 to 15 people, depending on the day, so that licensed guides can better educate the group.

Patriot Tours
(917) 716-4908
http://patriottoursnyc.com/index.html

Article Written By Mike Biscoe

Mike Biscoe has been writing since 2009. Focusing on travel, sports and entertainment topics, he has credits in various online publications including LIVESTRONG.COM and Trails. He often writes articles covering uncommon travel destinations from firsthand experience. Biscoe holds a Certificate of Completion in acting from the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts.

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