Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, the one day each year when the whole world seems to turn shades of red and pink. Unless of course your Valentine fails to extend even the slightest romantic gesture, which tends to leave a person feeling a little more blue than red. Fall into this category when the hearts begin to appear every February 14th? Fear not dear readers, at Scenic we believe the best cure for any kind of blues is a vacation. And with the long President’s Day weekend quickly approaching, it’s a fantastic time to plan a fun little getaway with the one that you love. So this week, we’re focusing on the most romantic spots to visit in 2011.
First up…New York City! Sure we extolled the virtues of the city that never sleeps over Memorial Day 2010, and truly, anytime is a good time to visit the Empire State, but there’s just something a little extra special about NYC at Valentine’s Day. Maybe we’re just suckers for old movies, but that scene toward the end of “An Affair to Remember,” when Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr are supposed to meet at the top of the Empire State Building to declare their love, it gets us every time. (And if you’re wondering about the reprise in Sleepless in Seattle…we’re reaching for the Kleenex then, too). The Empire State Building is possibly one of the most iconic images associated with NYC, and as an extra treat it the lights of the building burn red, pink and white on February 14 to commemorate the holiday, a public Valentine to everyone who glances in the skyscraper’s direction. Completed in 1931, the building took just over a year to construct – an impressive feat for 102 floors stretching 1,454 feet into the sky. Referred to by many as the “8th wonder of the world,” the Empire State Building remained as the tallest building in the world until the construction of the World Trade Center in 1972.
The Empire State Building is located at 350 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10118. The nearest subways are 6 to 33rd Street; A/C/E, B/D/F, Q, or 1/2/3 to 34th Street (courtesy About.com). The building is open from 8am to 2am daily with the final elevator ascent at 1:15am. Admission fees vary depending on visitor age and whether you prefer to go just to the 86th floor observation deck, to the 102 floor deck or to take the express route for a quick trip to the 86th floor. Basic admission is $21 for adults 12-61, $19 for seniors (62+) and military with ID and $15 for children 6-11. Children under five are free with purchase of an adult admission as are military in uniform. Tickets can be purchased in person or online.
Though anyone can visit the Empire State Building on Valentine’s Day and drink in the stunning views of the surrounding city, every year a few lucky couples get to tie the knot surrounded by the splendor of the City. Sponsored by TheKnot.com, 14 couples from around the U.S. will tie the proverbial knot on February 14th during the 17th annual wedding event. This is the only day weddings are held at the building and competition for a coveted spot begins in the fall. So if Valentine’s 2011 brings an engagement ring from your beloved, you’d better get on the ball if you hope to participate in the the 2012 ESB wedding event.
Looking for more to do while you’re in the Big Apple? Check out Scenic’s Top 10 Things to do in NYC. And of course Scenic has plenty of awesome by owner vacation rentals perfect for a romantic interlude in the Big Apple over Valentines, President’s Day or any time you get the itch. Visit our New York destination page for the best deals in New York area vacation rentals.
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