While the U.N. does get to boast some of the ugliest buildings ever seen, it also gets to boast the most fascinating tour. Tours are in 17 languages, there's great artwork, and technically, if you are on U.N. soil you are on international soil, which is really cool, for some reason. Of course, visits cannot be conducted when the General Assembly is in session, but since that ever useful body only tends to meet once a year for a month, or something like that, scheduling around it is safe.
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You wish you could go places, but you're stuck here in the city. You're broke, and Orbitz isn't going to help. Maybe it's time to step into "the house where the world meets," and check out the UNITED NATIONS. The UN isn't technically in New York, but rather on international territory shared by all 189 member countries. So while your artsy crew is headed upstate to Beacon, you can run off to Croatia, Morocco, wherever. The UN tour is, in fact, a fantastic ride through some 1960s Technicolor... More »