See the Icons of America for Less

by , SmarterTravel Staff - July 14, 2008 See all photo galleries
New York City, NY - Statue of Liberty by Moonlight

The Statue of Liberty, New York

It's a testament to "free"dom that many of our country's most iconic attractions cost little or absolutely nothing to visit. Our photo gallery highlights some of the country's greatest values, both from a patriotic and financial perspective. And sure, freedom isn't always free—you may have to wait in long lines, undergo security clearance, and/or take a citizenship quiz (okay, I'm kidding on that last one), but seeing such landmarks live and in person is an unforgettable experience.

Ah, Lady Liberty. Gift from France, beacon of democracy and hope. Take a tour of Liberty Island, browse the on-site museum, or take in the views of the New York skyline and harbor from atop the pedestal (sadly, you can't make the trek up to the crown nowadays). There's no charge to visit the Statue, but you will have to pay for the ferry to get you there. Rates are $12 for adults, and ferries pick up from Liberty State Park in Jersey City or Battery Park in New York. Statue Cruises, the ferry company, provides Monument Passes that provide access to the monument and grounds.

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