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.
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
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.