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The Northeastern United States is historically and culturally one of the most significant areas of the United States. Encompassing New England and part of the Mid-Atlantic, the Northeast was the site of the original 13 states that formed the United States after the War of Independence.
The Northeastern United States is bounded to the north by Canada, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the American South, and to the west by the American Midwest. The region occupies a total area of 469,630 km2.
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The Adirondacks refers to the park and mountains located in this area. The Adirondack Park is both the largest and the first government-protected park in the contiguous United States. It covers a vast expanse - bigger than New Hampshire - of rugged, thickly wooded, mountainous terrain in northeast New York State. The Adirondacks are a popular destination for all lovers of outdoor activities, from hiking and skiing to ice and rock climbing.
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, also known as the Appalachian Trail or the A.T., is a 2,175 miles (3,500 kilometre) long hiking trail that has one of its terminus points in Maine and the other in Georgia. This trail attracts countless thru hikers, people that do the hike in one trip, and section hikers, people that hike different parts of the trail at different times in order to do the whole trail, every year. This trail goes into some of the best preserved wilderness in all of the East Coast.
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One the most famous statues in the world is the statue of liberty. It's not only an icon for New York but also for the entire country. The statue was a gift of the French people to celibrate the centennial of the Independence of the United States. The statue was constructed in France, and after completion shipped to the USA, where it was stored for 11 months, to await the completion of the pedestal, the 46-metre-high statue could finally be unveiled in November 1886.
Liberty Island was closed after the attacks of 9-11, and only reopened in 2004. The crown can be visited again since July 2009, but only by a few people a day. Two smaller statues predates the statue that is placed in New York. One stands in Paris in the Jardin de Luxembourg, and a second stands in front of the city hall in Maceió, in Brazil. After the success of these statues, it was decided to go huge. Nowadays there are several copies of the statue of liberty to be found all over the world.
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Close to the Statue of Liberty and actualy a part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument, Ellis Island is the place were millions of new Americans entered the country. Between 1892 and 1954 around 12 immigrants passed the Ellis Island Immigration Station, of 2% were denied access to the United States. 1907 was the bussiest year at Ellis Island with over a million people arriving that year. Some of the notable names that started their new lives in the USA here were: writer Isaac Asimov, gangster Lucky Luciano, actor Rudolph Valentino, Olympic swimming champion and actor Johnny Weissmüller (Tarzan) and comedian Bob Hope, after who the library of Ellis Island has been named. Nowadays the island is home to the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, which is visited by millions of people, usualy in combination with a visit to the statue of liberty.
To reach Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty you need to take the boat service with the Circle Line, which is the only company that has services to the Islands. The ferry leaves from Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey and from the southern tip of Manhattan in New York City.
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The Empire State Building is with 381 metres (or 448,7 metres if you include the antenna) the highest building in New York City at the junction of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street. Built in a typical art deco style, that was in fashion before World War II, it was the heighest in the world from the opening in 1932 until it was surpassed by the North Tower of the World Trade Center in 1972. After the terrorist attacks at September 11, 2001, it again became the tallest building in the New York skyline. Visitors primarily come to the tower to have a look at the panorama over New York at the observation deck, which is located at the 86th floor. Most tourists tend to forget that in the building around a thousand offices are located, employing around 21.000 people. The building has been the sight of many films, most notable is King Kong, and maybe the least know is the film Empire by Andy Warhol, which is a 8 hours and 5 minutes long film showing the Empire State building from July 25-26, 1964 from 8:06pm to 2:42am (the difference in the time, is because of the speed at which the film is projected.)
The northeast of the US has somewhat less extreme weather compared to for example the midwest or southeast where extreme cold or hot weather occurs. That said, temperatures can hit 40 °C in summer here as well and during relatively brief winter periods temperatures can plummit to around 40 °C below in the extreme northeastern hilly and mountainous areas. In general though, summers from June to September are nice and warm, between 25 °C and 30 °C during the day and between 15 °C and 20 °C at night.
Winters last from December to March with average daytime temperatures mostly around zero or slightly above, though more inland to the north temperatures are lower. Nights are well below zero during this time, even along most of the coastline where conditions are milder. In general, the further north you go it is a bit cooler, both during summer as well as winter, while inland conditions are somewhat warmer during summer and colder during winter. Precipitation is quite evenly distributed throughout the year, with sometimes very heavy snowfall in winter. During summer, heavy showers can occur, especially after periods of hot weather.
The main airports are:
There are quite a few bus companies offering services including Greyhound.
Many international rental companies have a wide selection of rental cars and these include Hertz, Avis, Dollar, Thrifty, Enterprise, Budget and Alamo/National. Most companies will require you are at least 25 years of age, although younger people might be able to rent cars at slightly higher rates and with some insurance differences as well. A national driver's license is usually enough, but an additional international one is recommended. Also note that it usually costs more to include lots of other extra things. For example extra drivers, GPS, the first full tank, SLI (Supplemental Liability Insurance), PAI (Personal Accident Insurance, usually covered already at home), road assistance/service plan, and drop-off costs for one-way rentals.
If you want to book a car, it is recommended that you book your car before arriving in the USA. This is almost always (much) cheaper compared to just showing up. Also, try and book with a so-called 'broker', which usually works together with a few or many car rental companies and can offer the best deal. Some examples include Holidayautos, Holidaycars and Sunny Cars. Some of the cheapest deals to book from Europe, includes Drive-USA, which also has a German version.
For more information and tips about renting cars and campers, additional costs, insurance, traffic rules, scenic routes and getting maps and fuel it is advised to check the USA Getting Around section.
There are dozens of hotel and motel chains, ranging from budget to top end. Allthough they are not the most charming accommodations, they usually have a very decent midrange service with good rooms and are generally good value. At least you know what to expect and in some cases they are either the only or the best option in the area. Some of them include:
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