The Statue of Liberty has meant a lot to my family, from my grandparents who viewed it in New York Harbor as immigrants arriving in the US over a hundred years ago, to my father who wrote a book about Lady Liberty for her centennial, to the visits we made when I was a young boy, when we’d climb that cramped copper interior all the way to her crown.

Since 9/11, you haven’t been able to go up inside the Statue of Liberty to see the view, because of security concerns. That changes this weekend, when the Department of Homeland Security reopens the venue to tours. If you can’t get there, USA Today has a 360-degree panoramic view from the exterior, inside the stairway, and from the top.