World Trade Center
Incredible to finally see the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center. One, it's awe-inspiring to see the inside of the site after so many years. Even if you have few personal memories of the towers, the two mammoth pools, said to be the largest in North America, help visitors visualize what once stood there. As you stand on the edge where the names of the nearly 3,000 people who died on 9/11 are inscribed (the memorial also honors those who were killed on United 93 and at the Pentagon), your eyes drop to the visual focus: the dark, foreboding square pits at the bottom of both pools. Aerial views don't show how the sightline obscures the bottom of the pits; the effect is dramatic, maybe even a little bit bleak, but also rather poignant. If you know of someone who perished, computer kiosks are available to help locate a name along with a map printout showing where to go. Tickets are hard to come by right now (we've heard that there's a waiting list of over a month) but put your name in as soon as you can to see it for yourself.