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America's most patriotic national parks

By: Josh Lew on July 2, 2012, 5:48 p.m.
Ellis Island

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Ellis Island

The Statue of Liberty captures most tourists' imaginations, but the nearby Ellis Island National Monument, which houses the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, is of equal significance. The museum tells the story of the millions of immigrants who passed through the immigration offices on the island on their way to the United States, and the three-floor exhibit space is available for both self-guided and ranger-led tours. Aside from its historical significance (many current U.S. citizens had ancestors who were first processed for immigration on the island), Ellis is also a great place to see New York Harbor and the skyline of the Big Apple.