The Best Day Trips From New York City

New York City is known for its skyscrapers, gridlocked traffic, and frenetic pace. Conversely, the Big Apple also has exceptional green spaces in and around the city.

The inner city and surrounding areas offer loads of opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers, from the perfect picnic spots in NYC to stunning urban parks.

Beacon NY

Beyond the classic Americana charm of red-brick architecture along the main drag, the town has a fresh vibe with locally owned boutiques, galleries, cafes, and restaurants.

Storm King Art Center’s vision and mission are to support artists and provide space to produce some of the most creative and ambitious works.

Storm King Art Center, Cornwall, NY


One of the most historic cities in the US, the “City of Brotherly Love” is only 90 minutes by train from NYC.

There is so much to see and do in Philly, you can plan a jam-packed day of diverse experiences and be back in New York for dinner.

A day trip of epic proportions, Washing DC dishes up an equal number of impressive sites as NYC. While quite a distance from NYC, a day trip is possible.

Washington DC

Bear Mountain State Park

It is undoubtedly one of the best day trips from NYC for nature lovers, thanks mainly to the sheer number of activities and facilities in the park.

Visitors to the state park can enjoy a network of hiking and biking trails and cross-country skiing trails. The park also has picnic spots, a large outdoor pool, the Trailside Museums & Zoo.

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