What can you say when you near the Statue of Liberty for the first time? To know what it meant (and still does) to so many people around the world leaves you a little awestruck, like seeing the Eiffel Tower or the Golden Gate Bridge or any other nation's symbol or monument.
I caught one of the first boats of the day from Liberty State Park in New Jersey. We sailed for Ellis Island with maybe 20 people on board. After walking the grounds and museum at Ellis Island, I board the boat to the statue. It took all of ten minutes to reach.
I bought my ticket online in advance of my trip. The ticket cost $18 USD to visit both Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, as well as entrance to the base of the statue. To go into the crown of the statue costs a little extra (possibly worth it) but was sold out well in advance, so check online before you go.
My ticket was for the base of the statue, just below the statue itself. You could walk outside and see Manhattan in the distance, as well as Ellis Island (below) and Jersey City. I wondered what it was to be an immigrant quarantined on the island, so close to America, but not yet there, left wondering if you would pass the inspections of medical and immigration officers and be admitted to the United States after crossing the Atlantic by ship.
The cornerstone lies at the northeastern corner of the statue.
Lower Manhattan as seen from the Statue of Liberty.