The Best Tours and Excursions From New York City

It's possible to visit the majestic Niagara Falls on a day trip from New York City
It's possible to visit the majestic Niagara Falls on a day trip from New York City | © Laura Ragsdale / Getty Images
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.
ToursPhiladelphia and Amish Country Day Trip from New York City
From $169 per person
11 to 13 hours
4.6 (10)

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.

ToursHighlights of New Jersey Day Trip from New York City
From $65 per person
4 hours
4.5 (6)

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.

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ToursNiagara Falls One Day Tour from New York City
From $199 per person
20 hours
5 (1)

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.

ToursNew York City Hamptons, Sag Harbor, and Outlet Shopping Day Trip
From $169 per person
11 to 13 hours
4.2 (10)

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.

ToursWine Country Tour with Wine and Food Tasting
From $109 per person
8 hours
5 (2)

From manic Midtown Manhattan to New York’s resplendent wine country, this tour shows off the best of the city’s artisan fare. Depending on which day you book, you’ll head to either the Hudson Valley or Long Island and visit two local wineries. Your drinks will be paired with delectable nibbles and snacks, such as fresh cheeses and olives, and you’ll hear about the backstory of each winery as well as the production methods used to go from grape to bottle. Get dropped back in Manhattan after a satisfying day of sipping and snacking.