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5 Best Day Trips From New York City

5 Best Day Trips From New York City

There is an endless array of things to do in New York City. A person could spend a lifetime in the Big Apple and still not tire. But that doesn’t stop at the city limits. There are so many attractions and destinations within a few hours’ drive. From the nation’s capital to nature reserves so quiet they feel like a different planet to NYC. Here are some of the best day trips from New York City.

Washington DC

It shouldn’t take too much convincing for people to visit the nation’s capital. Washington DC is a four-hour drive from New York City so you’d have to set off early in the car. Failing that, trains would trim some journey time and provide an opportunity for extra sleep on the way.

Once there, Washington DC has plenty for tourists on a time budget. The Washington Monument and US Capitol Building are both must-visits. Or, with a bit of luck, you could get a behind-the-scenes look at US political history with a White House tour. The Congress Library, Lincoln Monument, and US Supreme Court buildings should also be on the itinerary.

But Washington DC isn’t just for political scientists. Regular scientists can get their fill at the famed Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. The National Gallery of Art is another attraction which will attract some. All that tourism will work up an appetite. Ben’s Chilli Bowl is a legendary half-smoke eatery in the city. However, many argue that Meats & Foods is better and a lot quieter.

Breakneck Ridge

It’s a 90-minute drive from New York City to Breakneck Ridge but it feels like much further away. There could not be a bigger contrast between the two locations comparing traffic noise and skyscrapers to woodlands and a meandering river.

This is why so many New Yorkers embark on the journey to Breakneck Ridge. The rocky mountain lies within Hudson Highland State Park. It’s a hugely popular site for local hikers who choose to trek the 1,260 feet to reach the mountain’s peak. From there, the fit and healthy are rewarded with wondrous sweeping views of the local countryside. With a brisk pace you can reach the top within 30 minutes. That will leave plenty of time to enjoy the view.

Atlantic City

It’s a long way to Las Vegas which is why many on the East Coast head instead to Atlantic City. The coastal city and its famed pier are a popular tourist destination all year around. Local tourist spots include Ripley’s Believe It Or Not and the Absecon Lighthouse, one of the largest in the United States.

But most people who visit Atlantic City have other attractions in mind. Since the legalisation of gambling in the 1970s, the city has become a hotspot for bettors from across the country. There are some impressive casinos in Atlantic City like the Tropicana and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Once there, you can take part in slot games, blackjack, or whatever your preferred game is. Just be sure to brush up on your skills at an online casino such as Betwaybeforehand. And who knows, you may even win enough money to pay off your trip.

Woodbury Common

You can shop until you drop in New York City with its luxury boutiques and designer stores. But not everyone wants to hit up Macy’s or Tiffany’s. Woodbury Common is a 90-minute drive from the city, an outlet mall with over 200 stores. Brands like Adidas, Burberry, and Kate Spade have stakes in the massive site.

Woodbury Common is open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm so you can certainly make a day of it. All that shopping will make anyone hungry but thankfully, Woodbury Common has that covered. The food court has almost two dozen options from burgers and subs to salads and ramen.


A single day isn’t long enough to take in all of Philadelphia but it’s better than nothing. The City of Brotherly Love has numerous landmarks and tourist spots which need to be ticked off the list. The Liberty Bell tops them all, but Independence Hall, the Museum of Art, and Eastern State Penitentiary aren’t far behind.

But there is plenty more in Philly to sink your teeth into – both literally and metaphorically. Times Square has its own mouthwatering selection of cuisine but so does Philadelphia. Everyone knows about the Philly cheesesteak but nobody seems to agree on the best place to get one. However, Tony Luke’s, Joe’s, Jim’s, and Steve’s usually come close to the top of the list. There is far more to do in Philadelphia than sample the local history and a cheesesteak, but there are worse ways to spend a day.

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