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National park tips: How to get into the Statue of Liberty’s crown

Like a Manhattanite hailing a cab, the State of Liberty towers over a New York Water Taxi.
Like a Manhattanite hailing a cab, the State of Liberty towers over a New York Water Taxi.
(Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

First of all, give thanks for your good luck. The stairs to Lady Liberty’s crown seem to close every few years because of safety or budget issues, but they’ve been open since October 2013. It’s 377 steps from the lobby to the crown. You can cover some distance by elevator, but there’s no avoiding the last 146 steps on the spiral staircase to the crown.

You’ll need an advance reservation ($21 per adult, the cruise to the island is included) and photo ID. Kids have to be at least 4 feet tall. Also, there are no restrooms at the top. And nobody gets to go up to the torch anymore.

In honor of this year’s National Park Service centennial, the Travel section is posting 100 park travel ideas and tips based on trips staff travel writer Christopher Reynolds has taken, along with photo-op advice from Times photographer Mark Boster. We’ll post one per day through Dec. 31.

Follow Reynolds on Twitter: @MrCSReynolds

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