The California Bucket List: Your daily guide to the best adventures and experiences in the Golden State

1. Castle Clinton, N.Y.

Before Ellis Island, which in 1892 became the nation's main immigration portal, more than 8 million immigrants passed through Castle Garden. The fort, originally a defense fort built for the War of 1812, is named after New York's former mayor and governor, DeWitt Clinton. After it closed as an immigration station in 1890, it reopened as the popular New York City Aquarium. It is now a museum with ranger-guided tours and a ticket office for the Statue of Liberty ferry. Castle Clinton is in Battery Park on the southern tip of Manhattan. Visitors in 2009: 4.08 million More info:
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