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Easy Escapes from New York City

Whether you're a resident or visiting New York City sometimes you just need to get away. Here are some ideas for day trips and short getaways from the city, including Washington, DC, Niagara Falls, Atlantic City and nearby shopping outlets.

Visiting Niagara Falls from New York City
Although it's an ambitious day-trip from New York City, a visit to Niagara Falls is on many people's bucket list. We explore several options for visiting Niagara Falls from New York City, including multi-day excursions and one day trips.

Visiting Washington, DC from NYC
If you're traveling to New York City from far away, a day trip (or longer side trip) to Washington, DC can be a great add-on to your vacation. The capital of the United States, Washington, DC has a wide variety of excellent attractions for visitors.

Getting From New York City to Atlantic City
Atlantic City is well-known for its casinos, beach boardwalk and outlet shops. Learn about your travel options from NYC to Atlantic City here.

Woodbury Common Premium Outlets from New York City
Shoppers will love taking a day-trip to Woodbury Commons to get their outlet fix while visiting NYC. Just 50 miles from Manhattan, it's easy to get to (whether on your own or with a group) and over 200 stores await.

Visiting Boston from NYC
Boston is an ambitious, but do-able day trip from New York City. You might want to consider spending at least one night there to make the travel worthwhile and enable yourself to really get a taste of Boston.

Visiting Philadelphia from New York City
If you've traveled far to get to New York City, you might want to include a side trip to Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love. Learn about transportation options and things to do in Philadelphia with our helpful guide.

Belmont Park
Live horse racing Wednesdays through Sundays at Belmont Park, which is easily accessible by the Long Island Railroad from Penn Station in Manhattan. For races in the Spring/Summer Meeting, as well as the Fall Meeting admission to Belmont Park is just $2.

Monmouth Park Racetrack
Located on the New Jersey Shore, Monmouth Park Racetrack is easily accessible from New York City by ferry and by train. Enjoy a day at the races conveniently from Manhattan at Monmouth Park Racetrack.

Bear Mountain State Park
Miles of all-season hiking trails, boating, picnicking, swimming; cross-country skiing, sledding, and ice skating in the winter; animal refuge and overnight lodging in the Bear Mountain Inn. Check out the Christmas tree lighting!

Brotherhood Winery
America's oldest winery, established in 1839. They offer a variety of tours and special holiday events.

Cape May
Cape May has gingerbread houses and candlelight tours. The homes are a fascinating group of old-time sea-captain residences, gently restored to their former beauty. Whale watches are also available nearby.

Catskill Mountains
The Catskills are an incredibly diverse area filled with everything from campgrounds to luxury hotels. It's a region for all seasons with enough hiking, cross-country skiing, fly-fishing, and leaf peeping to keep you coming back.

Duck Walk Vineyards
Tastings and free tours of the vineyards are available at this Southampton Vineyard. If you can't make it out there, you can take a tour online or order wine to be shipped home for you.

Historic Hudson Valley
The Historic Hudson Valley's mansions, situated up and down the Hudson River, offer an extensive array of activities for all ages. Find out about tours and buy tickets online.

Montauk Point Lighthouse
The oldest lighthouse in New York State, Montauk Point Lighthouse is a popular place to get married.

Palmer Vineyards
This vineyard is located on Long Island about 45 minutes outside of New York City.

Pindar Vineyards
Another vineyard located on Long Island. They offer a number of events, including free live music in the summer!

The New York Rennaissance Faire
This medieval faire located just 35 miles northwest of New York City offers amusement for all ages. From mistrels and maidents to storytellers and swordswallowers, the crafts and performances at this faire make a great day away from the city.

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