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Take an audio-guided tour of Grand Central Terminal

In this photo provided by the New York

In this photo provided by the New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority, two men push a cart through a deserted Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. (Aug. 27, 2011) Photo Credit: AP/ NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Marjorie Anders

Perhaps too often taken for granted by locals as simply the roof over your walk from the train to the street, New York City’s Grand Central Terminal is one of the city’s history-filled and unique structures.

First opened in 1913, it is used by millions of people and is home to dozens of train platforms and tracks -- as well as numerous shops and restaurants. Grand Central Terminal, however, is also a vast demonstration of architectural grandeur and art, featuring marble archways, a massive ceiling mural (in the main concourse) and much more.

Those interested in its long story can first download, then take the guided tour, conceived via a joint venture between the MTA’s Metro-North Railroad and the Orpheo USA audio tour company. It costs $6 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under.

The trip also comes with a map and a downloadable MP3 of what’s what -- just head to myorpheo.com and make the audio purchase (usable in personal players, iPhones and smartphones). Available in English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Italian and German, the audio tour is ready to buy 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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