Pretty much everyone knows the Statue of Liberty was a gift from France to the United States, but did you know there’s a version of our statue still in Paris, positioned on the Seine River? That statue has her arm raised as if she’s waving hello to her twin in America, who happens to be facing her, also with an arm raised (yes, they are both holding a torch, but I can’t help but think they’d be waving non-stop if they could see each other across the ocean and beyond). I’ve now had the honor of seeing both firsthand and truly believe every American should find a way to get up close and personal with the USA Lady Liberty, sitting next to Ellis Island off New York City, at least once in his or her life. There are quick boat tours and special trips offered to get you over to Liberty Island (I personally recommend the Circle Line cruise, which is what I took with a friend on a recent sunny afternoon). You’ll be impressed with her massive size–and, if you work it out to stop at Liberty Island, you can even go inside the statue and climb to the crown area, just as you would a lighthouse.