The Statue of Liberty serves as a national symbol of freedom for more than 100 years. Of course, some Americans and international folks have the bucket list goal to climb up to the crown. Well, it turns out a lot of people want to do that. I learned that the hard way—crown reservations are usually booked months in advance. After moving to New York, I decided to make that reservation as soon as I arrived.
Three months later, I stepped on the ferry that took us to Liberty Island. I’ve been on the same ferry to go to Ellis Island before. But, my friends and I set out to see the Statue of Liberty on a very cold day. The island, of course, ended up being filled with tourists taking many pictures and I joined them, of course. Walking up the steps turned out to be a bit of a challenge and here are some basic facts about the statue to see why:
- The Statue of Liberty is 305 feet and 6 inches tall.
- She has a 35-foot waistline and weighs 450,000 pounds.
- There are 377 steps from the main lobby to the crown platform.
Making up the climb actually wasn’t that bad (I just avoided looking down), and the view certainly makes the climb up worth it. If it ended up being nicer out, we would have spent more time walking around the small island. I recommend to make it to the island at least once. There’s really a lot of amazing views, and climbing up to the crown makes it even more delightful. Check out these photos to see it for yourself.
Photo Diary: Statue of Liberty
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Author: Katina Beniaris
Born in Chicago, Katina has always been drawn to cities. She spent her college years in the heart of Chicago studying journalism and she travels to various cities every year for new experiences. When she’s not blogging, you can find her catching up on the latest pop culture sensation on Netflix.