10 Day Trips From New York City to Add to Your List

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Whether you live in the city or are looking for a new adventure for your next visit, consider one of the many amazing day trips from New York City. 

Of course there are endless ways to fill your time in the hustle and bustle of the city, and every borough offers its own unique experiences and specialties. There is a reason why New York City is one of the most popular cities in the entire world. However, there are even more spectacular sites to see that are easily accessible within a day’s travel from the Big Apple. 

Here are 10 different day trips from New York City that are guaranteed to offer a memorable time for anyone. You’ll want to start making a list to make sure you explore all of them. 

1. Warwick, NY

Only 55 miles outside of New York City, Warwick, NY, is a gem nestled in the Hudson Valley next to the Appalachian Mountains. Warwick is actually the largest of the three different villages that Warwick generally encompasses, but the entire area is full of gorgeous historic sites preserved by the Warwick Historical Society and estates that have centuries of history to explore. 

If you love food made from quality ingredients fresh from the farm and picked right for your table, there is no better place to be. Warwick is one of the main hubs of the farm-to-table, or locavore, movement and is home to a myriad of different restaurants tackling the challenges of locally-sourced, sustainable food made for conscious foodies and friends. 

Run away from the city for a day, or a few more, and take in the beautiful vistas around Warwick while picking apples from the many orchards and farms, tasting various local wines and ciders, or experiencing the small-town charm of local attractions with a dynamic history.  This is the perfect destination for  peaceful escape from the chaos while enjoying the spectacular community life that thrives in Warwick, NY. 

2. Niagara Falls

Horseshoe Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and American Falls are all part of the natural wonder that is Niagara Falls. More than 30 million people visit one of these three waterfalls at Niagara Falls every year, and just one visit will show you why.  

At the border of New York State and Ontario, Canada, Niagara Falls is home to miles of beautiful trails, preserved historical sites, exciting activities, and many modern comforts to ensure your visit is everything you could dream of. You can ride the Maid of the Mist, wander through Georgian properties like McFarland House, enjoy a delicious meal overlooking the falls, and end the night with the stunning light show at the falls. 

3. Washington, DC

You could easily spend an entire vacation at our nation’s capital, but even a quick day trip can provide opportunities that can’t be found anywhere else. 

Something that stands out to many tourists is the amount of activities and venues open to the public for free. There are some that require a reservation before you visit, but all 19 of the Smithsonian Museums, the National Archives, the National Gallery of Art, and dozens of memorials around the National Mall are all free to visit.

4. Philadelphia. PA

Similar to Washington, DC, Philadelphia, PA, is a hotbed of American history. You can take a picture with the significant crack in the Liberty Bell or tour Independence Hall, the hallowed halls in which both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed. 

If pop culture is more like your cup of tea, be sure to recreate the iconic run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the timeless movie Rocky and take a picture with the stature at the bottom that immortalizes Sylvester Stalone’s best character. A more modern photo-op that captures the feeling of brotherly love is available near the LOVE sculpture in John F. Kennedy Plaza. 

But the one thing you don’t want to miss is the chance to indulge in an authentic Philly Cheeseteak, and maybe even do your own taste tests of the shops that boast the best cheesesteaks in the world. 

5. Boston, MA

The last big city on our list of day trips from New York is the beantown itself, Boston, MA. Did you know that 20% of the population of Boston and the surrounding metropolitan area is made up of college students from around the world?  Boston, MA, is home to Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of of Technology, and over 50 other colleges and universities, many of which offer tours to the public. 

Taking a break from the books, you can visit Fenway Park and catch a Boston Red Sox game at the oldest Ballpark in America or take a stroll in the first public park that was established in the U.S. called Boston Commons. 

6. The Hamptons

On the east end of Long Island, there are many smaller towns and villages that together are called the Hamptons and have become a popular destination for New Yorkers and other East Coast inhabitants. Featuring many seaside attractions, the Hamptons range from upscale resorts and celebrity homes, to more accessible areas with less affluence and popular beaches. 

At the east end of the Hamptons, you can find Montauk Village and the Montauk State Park, where you can tour the lighthouse and the keeper’s house as well as historical documents signed by various Founding Fathers. 

Fire Island at the southern shore of Long Island is also home to a classic lighthouse. The Fire Island Light was an important landmark for sailors traveling across the Atlantic to New York Harbor. Many immigrant from Europe saw this lighthouse as the first sign of America.

7. Atlantic City

Just a two hour drive over to New Jersey is Atlantic City. Along with beautiful beaches, Atlantic City is known for it’s 4-mile long Boardwalk with countless shops, restaurants, and carnival-style attractions. For kids and kids-at-heart, take a trip to Storybook Land and explore many beloved children’s stories at this family amusement park. 

Atlantic City is also known for it’s many glamorous casinos and world-class entertainment. Visit one of the many resorts for a spa service or round of golf and then end the day with a gourmet meal from one of the many restaurants inspired by big name chefs. 

8. Mohonk Preserve

Hiking, biking, climbing, skiing, and horseback riding are just some of the amazing things you can do when you visit the Mohonk Preserve. It takes less than two hours to escape the big city chaos and arrive at the Mohonk Preserve to reconnect with nature. You can explore over 85 miles of the Shawangunk Ridge all year around, including holidays. 

9. Sleepy Hollow, NY

No matter which time of year you visit, Sleepy Hollow, NY, is a town that boasts 200 years of spooky stories. It all started with “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving. The story of the Headless Horseman has been adapted many times over the past two centuries, but the connection to the small town of Sleepy Hollow is still stronger than ever.

Halloween is especially a popular time to visit. You can test your courage out at the Headless Horseman Bridge or comb the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery for famous figures including tycoons Willam Rockafeller and Andrew Carnegie. 

10. Woodstock, NY

Another small town in New York State that is well-worth the visit is Woodstock, NY. The concert from the 60s was intended to be held in this town, but was actually held two hours away in Bethel, NY. However, the name stuck, and Woodstock has continued to be a community celebrating music and art to this day. 

Nearby, the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, a Buddhist Monastery offers guided tours on the weekends and meditation classes are open to the public.

Peach Grove House is the Perfect Place to Stay

The great thing about these day trips from New York City is that many can be day trips from any of these locations. So if you are excited about a trip to Warwick, NY, but want to explore other areas of upstate New York, you can easily stay at the Peach Grove House in Warwick and travel to the other exciting locations for a day and still hit up New York City for a Broadway show. 

With beautiful rooms and sophisticated social areas, Peach Grove House is a charming and historic estate that offers the ideal setting for your next event or getaway. But don’t just take our word for it. Plan a visit today to see how wonderful Peach Grove House truly is.

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