A melting pot if ever there was one, New York City is home to a truly astonishing variety of arts organizations and cultural associations. Its massive museums devoted to art and natural history are world-renowned, but the city's smaller museums have their own appeal, often featuring a narrower collection or an esoteric focus, like crafts, design and photography. Despite the constant construction of new buildings around town (some of which are architecturally significant), there are still a number of fascinating historic structures. And even with the never-ending hustle and bustle, it's quite possible to find serene retreats among New York City's zoos, parks and gardens. Guided tours, whether on foot, by double-decker bus or via boat, are a great way to get a solid overview of the city.
Kim Goodin has traveled extensively throughout the US and Europe, stopping for a year or two in places such as London and Denver. Aside from road trips, she enjoys animals and books, and has many of both. She will read almost anything, but particularly enjoys biographies, Southern gothic fiction, mysteries, classic British novels, and cookbooks. When her... Read more »