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Bright lights in the big city: Warrington & Vale Royal College students visit the concrete jungle!

During half-term, travel & tourism and business students jetted off to ‘The Big Apple’, fully immersing themselves into the iconic landmarks, art and culture in one of the world’s most bucket-list destinations. The fast-paced, vibrant city of New York is a once-in-a-lifetime trip for many, home to an array of historic, must-see attractions, and students definitely wasted no time in exploring the city that never sleeps.

Students at The Statue of Liberty
Students at The Statue of Liberty

The group had an early start to their trip, taking a 7:30am flight from Manchester Airport. Once they hit the ground, they headed straight to Times Square to experience one of the world’s busiest pedestrian locations and admire the neon lights of some of the most well-known brands. No New York Trip is complete without a visit to the top of the Rockefeller Center, where students enjoyed views across the city and a beautiful sunset.

New York skyline at sunset
View from 'Top of the Rock'
Group of students in Times Square
Students at Times Square

After unpacking their bags, catching a late-night bite to eat and some well-deserved sleep, students got straight into another busy day of sightseeing. They spent the day visiting the famous Grand Central Station, appreciating the spectacular views of The Empire State Building, and strolling around the trendy district of Soho, before finishing the jam-packed day with some delicious food in Little Italy. Level 3 Travel & Tourism student, Sofia Parr, said: “I really enjoyed the authentic Italian food and quirky shops in Little Italy and I loved seeing how different people live in the city.”

Students posing for a selfie in Little Italy
Students exploring Little Italy
Grand Central Station
Grand Central Station

The next day, students explored Lower Manhattan and got to live like a true ‘New Yorker’ by catching the subway to Battery Park, before they boarded a ferry to the Statue of Liberty. This special experience inspired a lot of students, in particular Sarah Rigby, who said: “Seeing the city from different locations, landmarks and viewpoints was so amazing, especially from Lady Liberty.” Then, after also admiring the views from Brooklyn Bridge, students strolled across to the famous financial district of Wall Street to experience its lively atmosphere and witness some of the titans on the New York Stock Exchange. They later visited Ground Zero, the memorial for the September 11 attacks to the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre, and learned how this disaster changed not just American, but world history.

Wall Street
Wall Street

To round up their trip, the group stopped by the quaint and charming residential village of Greenwich in Manhattan, before taking the subway to 4th Street and people-watching at Washington Square Fountain. After a relaxed morning, they spent the afternoon in the iconic Central Park area, home to thousands of movies and TV show cameos, before enjoying some tasty food in a true American diner and catching their flight back to the UK.

Students returned to college buzzing to share memories with friends and bring their new experiences back to the classroom. The college is already planning next year’s trip and can’t wait to take its future students on more exciting adventures!

To find out more about our business and travel & tourism courses, click here.