Updated: Sep 5, 2022
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As soon as it's mentioned, people all over the world know the significance of September 11, 2001, when two planes crashed into the World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon, and one into a field to kill 2,996 total people. Though it seems like forever ago, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City keeps the event preserved in history.
The Memorial is Beautiful
The twin waterfalls are built in the same spot the Twin Towers once stood, and are meant to symbolize "absence made visible," according to the 9/11 memorial website. Surrounding each pool is the names of people whose lives were lost in the horrendous attack. Among the names are people who were in the buildings, first responders, and people on the hijacked planes.
The Museum is Tear Jerking
Inside the museum, you will find pieces of the buildings, remains of fire trucks, and recordings of voicemails left from loved ones. One that I think about often is of a man who called his mom. He informed her not to worry, because the North Tower was hit, and he was in the South Tower. The call was made only minutes before United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower.
Throughout the museum, TVs display news clips from the day the towers were hit. The New York channels are especially eerie, as you can see the shock on their face when they hear what happened. The shock deepened when the second tower was hit, because it was then evident that the events were not accidental. There are also TVs displaying the fateful time when George Bush was told of the attack.
Accommodations are Plentiful
If you're looking for a hotel near The World Trade Center, I have three suggestions depending on your budget. For economy travelers, I recommend New World Hotel, which is the most affordable but the furthest away. A nice mid-tier hotel is the Holiday Inn Wall Street. This option is only a five minute walk from the memorial. If you're looking for luxury, check out W New York in the financial district. This high class hotel is near many must-see sights.
The World Trade Center Museum is a must for those who want to pay respect and learn more about the attacks. If it's your first time in the city, I recommend reading our tips for visiting New York City.