A visit to the electric streets of New York City is a must for any avid explorer. But, not too far from the city center are plenty more enchanting spots which are well worth a look. Whether you want to experience the Amish way of life in Pennsylvania, or dip a toe into A-list living in the affluent Hamptons, these tours are all within driving distance of the Big Apple.
Hop on an air-conditioned mini-van or coach and head southwest to the electric city of Philadelphia, before experiencing the minimalism of rural Pennsylvania. See the oldest, continuously inhabited residential street in America, before stopping at some of Philadelphia’s most important landmarks such as the Liberty Bell and the famed city hall. Next up is an important lesson on how the Amish live in rural Pennsylvania; swap the subway for a horse-drawn carriage and immerse yourself in the simplicity of this welcoming, and often misunderstood, culture.
Frank Sinatra fans, head to the state of New Jersey on this day tour, where high-tech headquarters are juxtaposed with pine tree forests and rolling landscapes. Admire the Statue of Liberty in all her glory from across the Hudson River, and ogle at Manhattan skyscrapers from afar. See the local sights and pay your respects at the War Memorial in Hoboken, before hitting up Frank Sinatra’s childhood home. If you’ve got a sweet tooth (or a reality TV habit), you’ll appreciate the port of call: indulge in sweet treats at a local bakery, owned by Cake Boss star Buddy Valastro Jr, before getting dropped off back in the Big Apple.
Get up close with one of the greatest wonders of the world, Niagara Falls, on this easy tour from the city. Transportation on an overnight bus is included, which means you won’t waste valuable time in transit and can make the most of your time admiring this spectacular natural landmark. You’ll arrive around dawn, so you can beat the crowds and watch the waterfall light up with rainbows as the sun rises. You’ll also have free time to explore, with the option to hop aboard the Maid of Mist boat ride to get up close to the pounding water, before heading up to Terrapin Point to marvel at the sheer scale of the falls with sweeping views.
This star-studded Hamptons tour will give you a taste of the finer side of life. Get picked up in an air-conditioned minivan and head east to the land of the rich and the famous. Passing through Manhattan and Queens you can take in the city sights before reaching the quaint Hamptons town of Southampton, home to the likes of Paris Hilton and David Letterman. Ogle at the marina at Sag Harbor – jam-packed with million-dollar yachts – and stop for lunch in its affluent setting. Finish up with a trip to Tanger Outlets, a sprawling complex where you can splurge on discounted high-end brands.