The Best Day Trips to Take from New York City

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The Best Day Trips to Take from New York City

One of the world's liveliest and most unique cities, New York City makes for the perfect city holiday. No matter how many times you've been, there's always something exciting going on to check out in the most populous city in the US. Along with neighboring cities along the coast and upstate New York, there's plenty of things to do outside of the city limits too.

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The Best Day Trips to Take from New York City

Breakneck Ridge

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With stunning views across over the mighty Hudson River and the valleys surrounding it, Breakneck Ridge is the ideal spot for taking a journey into the natural environment surrounding the city. A world away from the busy streets of Manhattan, this hiking route can be a little challenging, but is well worth the effort for the beautiful scenery you'll find along the way. For those who might find both the trail and the name 'Breakneck' a little intimidating, there are plenty of other hiking routes around here such as the Cornish Estate Trail Loop near Cold Spring that's much easier without any steep climbs.

If you don't have a car, don't fret, the trail is reachable by train too along the MTA Metro-North Railroad which goes from Central Station to Breakneck Ridge Station or Cold Spring Station for the Cornish Estate Trail Loop.

Long Island

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If you're visiting during the summer months, there's no better escape than the beaches on Long Island. Just a short drive or train journey from bustling Manhattan will get you to beautiful golden beaches full of activities to try out. While they've long been a city getaway for residents of New York, tourists in the Big Apple tend to ignore this summer respite.

For a quick stop before your flight, Long Beach is a short 25 minute drive from JFK, or head to the far-stretching beaches of Fire Island if you've more time to explore.

Sleepy Hollow

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A picturesque town further up the bank of the Hudson River, Sleepy Holly is known in particular for being one of the most haunted places in the United States, popularized by 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' and its headless horseman. Aside from the scare factor, the town has preserved much of its historical charm and is home to several popular points of interest that make walking around the town a wonderful day trip. The village is best visited during the autumn, not just for the beautiful fall foliage but the town gets decorated all over for Halloween.

Philadelphia, PA

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At just an hour and a half by train or car from the Big Apple, the historic city of Philadelphia is easily doable as a day trip from New York City. For the history buffs, 'Philly' is a must-see, as the birthplace of American independence. The city's historic sites can easily be explored by walking. Head to the Independence Visitor Center first to scope out the city and pick up tickets for Independence Hall and then walk around at your own pace. Make sure to indulge in a 'Philly cheesesteak' for lunch at one of the many famous joints in the city such as Geno's Steaks.


While most people tend to get tied trying to cram as many things to do in New York City as they can, it's recommended to take a couple of days out to explore the surrounding towns and nature while you're here, to see a side of New York most people don't bother to visit. The scenery of NY state and its surroundings are particularly beautiful during the fall season, when the leaves change to all kinds of shades of orange, yellow and red.