If you live in, or are visiting New York City, and want to escape the hustle and bustle, you’ll need to try one of these day trips from NYC. Whether you have a few hours, or a few days to explore, these day trips from the city will keep you inspired and give you a fun new place to explore.
- The Hudson River Valley. A short, two hour train ride or drive away from New York City, the Hudson River Valley is a beautiful place to visit. If you’re looking for wide open green space, friendly locals and yummy organic foods, the Hudson Valley is an ideal day trip. Visit one of the local Wineries for a tasting, or visit one of the many orchards to pick fresh apples and pears. If you’re an outdoors enthusiast, you’ll want to rent some bikes or kayaks and get in touch with nature.
- Cape May, New Jersey. Cape May is a short three hour drive away from New York City by car. While in this scenic ocean town, you need to visit at least one of the many beaches. Sunset Beach is the perfect place to look for for Cape May’s famous quartz “diamonds”. If you’re at Sunset Beach around dusk you won’t want to miss the patriotic sunset flag ceremony. If you’re looking for a sandy beach, “The Cove” is ideal for sun, surfing and picnics.
- The United States Military Academy at West Point. Anyone with an interest in United States history, or military education will find this school and historical spot intriguing. Just, 50 miles North of the City, West Point is an ideal day trip from New York City. While you’re at West Point, sign up for a guided tour of the campus. Also consider visiting Constitution Island, an Island with significant history dating back to the American Revolutionary War.
- The Hamptons. Found on the very tip of Long Island, and just a short train ride away from Manhattan, the Hamptons are a great day trip to take from New York City. The summer colony of the rich and famous, the villages that make up the Hamptons have a large number of shops, restaurants and galleries. Spend the day soaking up the sun on one of the many exclusive beaches, then the night dancing at a posh nightclub.
- Hoboken, NJ. A fifteen minute train ride from Manhattan, Hoboken is an adorable little town with a lot of fun history. The birthplace of baseball and Frank Sinatra, Hoboken is a one mile long town, filled with unique bars, restaurants and shops. Walk along the public promenade on the river and take in the beautiful view of Manhattan, or visit the famous, Carlo’s Bakery of TLC, “Cake Boss” fame. Hoboken is well known for its festivals, parades, and fairs. Check out the city's website for more information on events.