It’s a short ride, but the five-mile hop from the tip of lower Manhattan over to Staten Island, the fifth and often-forgotten borough, packs in some big views. The ferry cruises by the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, and also offers a look back at the most famous city skyline in the world. Best of all, it’s free.
Board on the Manhattan side at the Whitehall (or South Ferry) terminal, and on the Staten Island side, you can disembark, circle around, and climb on board again. The round trip takes about an hour.