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The Best Day Trips From Manhattan

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Updated: 28 June 2017
Everyone needs a break from the concrete jungle of New York City, but sometimes you don’t want to go far to get it. Whether you’ve got work on Monday or you’re only in town for a few days, there isn’t often time to travel far and wide. But luckily, there are plenty of ways to escape the crowds and find peace and quiet just a few minutes outside of Manhattan. Whether you’re looking for art, nature, recreation, or just something different, you won’t have to travel far to find it.

Warwick Valley Wine and Distillery

Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery is about a two-hour drive from Manhattan, but it feels like a world away. Enjoy tastes of their wines, ciders, gins, and liqueurs, all overlooking a view of The Hudson Valley. There’s also a café, free live music on weekends, and all the ingredients you need to make it a perfect day away from the city.

Warwick Valley Wine and Distillery, 114 Little York Road, Warwick, NY, USA

Sometimes the sunsets here are crazy. #NotPhotoshopped #nofilter #lastnight #WarwickWinery #FarmSunsets #PinkClouds #BlueSkies #Wine #Cider

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Storm King Art Center

Storm King is a mere hour outside New York City, and it should definitely be at the top of your day trip list. It’s become known as one of the world’s leading sculpture parks, and it’s the perfect destination for those who love an art museum but are tired of the crowds in Manhattan. More than 100 sculptures by some of the world’s most renowned artists are situated on the 500-acre plot of land, and the place is open for exploration. For an art lover or a nature lover, Storm King is the place to go.

Storm King Art Center, 1 Museum Rd, New Windsor, NY, USA, +1 845 534 3115 


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

If you’re not necessarily looking to get out of the city, head down to Philadelphia – just about an hour away. Spend the day as a tourist here, check out the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall (where the Declaration of Independence was signed), and grab a cheesesteak at one of the infamous spots like Pat’s or Geno’s.

Philadelphia, PA, USA

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Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

You don’t have to go far to escape the madness of Manhattan, and the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens are the perfect example. They’re open every day, and it costs $12 for adults to enter, but it’s truly worth the price. The gardens are beautiful; there’s endless greenery to get lost in, and you’ll never believe that you’re just a few subway stops outside Manhattan.

A refreshing spot in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden on a hot day. Stay cool this weekend, friends! 😎 📷: @severinghaus

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Glass House

The iconic Glass House, designed by architect Philip Johnson, is only a 75-minute train ride from Grand Central Station. The Glass House was built between 1949 and 1955 and sits on 49 acres of landscape containing (along with the Glass House), 14 other structures as well a collection of 20th-century art. It’s a gorgeous place to spend a day – either taking a tour or getting lost on the grounds.

Glass House, 199 Elm Street, New Canaan, 06840, +1 203 594 9884



Cold Spring, New York

The 19th-century town of Cold Spring, New York, is the perfect oasis from NYC, and it’s just 50 miles north of Manhattan (about 75 minutes by train from Grand Central). Go for a hike (Breakneck Ride is the most popular) or a kayak ride, explore the shops on Main Street (grab supplies for a picnic at the Cold Spring General Store), and simply enjoy life at a slower pace for the day.

Main St, Cold Spring, NY, USA


Bear Mountain, New York

There are hiking options for everyone in Bear Mountain State Park. You can opt for a leisurely walk, or trek up to the Perkins Memorial Tower for sweeping views of four different states (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania). In any case, it’s the perfect place to go if you’re in need of a dose of nature.

Bear Mountain State Park, 3006 Seven Lakes Dr, Tomkins Cove, NY, USA, +1 845 786 2701