Visiting the September 11 Memorial, which is located in lower Manhattan.
The Memorial is a national tribute of remembrance and honor to the 2,983 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, and February 26, 1993. It’s free to visit, and you no longer need advance reservations (which means lines can be long at peak hours). An adult ticket to the adjacent 9/11 Memorial Museum costs $24 (more info on pricing here).
I wasn’t expecting the memorial to be so beautiful. They really did an incredible job on the design. There are twin reflecting pools that are each nearly an acre in size and feature the largest man-made waterfalls in North America. The pools sit exactly where the Twin Towers once stood.
To locate a loved one’s name, you can use the 9/11 Memorial mobile app or website. It makes it much easier since they are not listed alphabetically. Also, not too many people know that you can ask one of the staff members for a free remembrance kit, which is four pieces of cloth paper and a black crayon so you can trace your loved one’s name.
Here’s my Travel Channel video of visiting the museum while it was still under construction.
NYC Tip: Did you know the most difficult time to get a taxi in New York City is between 4 and 5 p.m.? That’s when the shift changes and only 10 percent of cabbies are working.
I was there on 9/11 some blocks away but saw the planes hit. Told to RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN. I have a whole story about it. Our daughter worked down in that area and we had no contact from her for 24 hours. All communications were out. She was rescued by a stranger and carried to a safe building. Next day I met a man on the street and talked with him asking where he was when the towers fell. He said he picked up a young woman who was walking near the building and carried her to safety. I grabbed him and kissed him because as I said: “You may not have been the man who saved my daughter, but I am going to believe you were.”