Take a tour of Ellis Island in New York City – part of the World’s Greatest Attractions series by GeoBeats. Situated next to Liberty Island, in New York Harbor, is the once bustling immigration port of Ellis Island. Largely created with landfill this national treasure now has an area of over 27 acres. An incredible number of United States citizens, nearly half according to some sources, can follow their family history back to Ellis Island. Beaux-arts architecture, popular in the late 19th century, was the inspiration behind the creation of this stunning structure. Visitors can take the journey of our ancestors through the grand hallways of the present day Immigration Museum. The history and magnificence of Ellis Island make it one of America’s most coveted landmarks.