Early in the morning, before selfie sticks and commuters storm the Brooklyn Bridge like the elephants that once tested its weight, you can still enjoy an iconic walk between the boroughs. Since 1883, the first steel wire suspension bridge has remained a New York City treasure, worthy of being named the “eighth wonder of the world.”
Adirondack Mountain region
The largest National Historic Landmark in the United States comprises 2.6 million acres of state land within the Adirondack Park. The Preserve’s remote backcountry woos campers and hikers year-round along its 1,800 miles of trails, and is an outdoor playground for mountain bikers, rock climbers, and fishermen.
Although the block-long, Renaissance Revival-styled Federal Reserve Bank is something to behold, it’s what’s inside, on the basement floor, that’s worth a visit. Book a free Museum & Gold Vault Tour, which will have you seeing gold stars for the rest of the day. Opened in 1914, the bank began storing gold during World War II, and still remains the world’s largest known depository of monetary gold, with about 508,000 gold bars in its 122 blue cages.