The Best Day Trips From New York City

There is so much for visitors to do in New York City, including a surprising number of opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers, from the perfect picnic spots in NYC to stunning urban parks.

Whether you’re looking for an addition to your New York Itinerary or are a New Yorker looking for a quick city getaway, there’s a day trip from NYC for everyone.

Cold Spring, Hudson Valley Day Trips from NYC

Hike through the short but challenging Breakneck Ridge Loop for superb views over the Hudson.

Beacon NY

A charming city in Dutchess County on the Hudson River, the historic town of Beacon dishes up a surprisingly exciting food and arts scene.

Storm King Art Center, Cornwall, NY

One of the US’s largest outdoor museums and art exhibitions. It features over 100 pieces of art and outdoor sculptures set among 500 acres of lush green meadows and forests.


Visit Congress Hall, the Benjamin Franklin Museum, the Betsy Roth House, and the Museum of the American Revolution.

Washington DC

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.

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.

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