New York City is often first, second, and third in places to travel to when you’re looking for an abundance of fun things to take part in. For those of us more familiar with the city though, sometimes a temporary escape to calmer, slower-paced pastures can be a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. If you’re in need of a break from the Big Apple, then consider any of these day trips from New York City!    


Cold Spring, NY

This tiny Putnam Country village is perfect for outdoorsy travelers in search of fall foliage! Cold Spring is only a 70-minute Metro-North ride away from the city and is home to old ruins, steep climbs, and lush landscapes like the Hudson Highlands. The surrounding town also offers ample dining and retail options. 

Sleepy Hollow, NY

Less than an hour away on the Metra North, Sleepy Hollow is known as “one of the most haunted places in the world,” and is perfect for those looking for a dose of Halloween frights this fall. Take a tour of the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and learn about Washington Irving’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow and the Legend of Headless Horseman.


A must-visit for history lovers, the Philipsburg Manor is a stark reminder that the country’s legacy with the trans-Atlantic Slave trade is not confined to the southern states. Participating in guided tours takes visitors to the Living History Museum, a hands-on exhibit reminiscent of a mid-18th century farm and mill. 


Woodstock, NY

Famous for lending its name to the 1969 music and art festival, Woodstock is a haven for artists, retired hippies, and nature lovers looking for some space away from urban life for a moment. Woodstock is also notable for being in the same area as Overlook Mountain in addition to picturesque local shops providing healthy options to local residents. 

Philadelphia, PA

Easily reachable by bus, train, or car, taking a day trip to Philadelphia means being spoiled for choice in terms of activities. The Museum of Art, Liberty Bell Center, Independence Hall, and Reading Terminal Market give everyone something to do. Be sure to schedule in time to visit any of the city's numerous parks to enjoy the changing of the leaves.


Atlantic City, NJ  

Although noted for being a casino town, Atlantic City offers more to do besides gambling! Take a stroll across the boardwalk and grab some old-fashioned saltwater taffy from Fralinger’s; then head on over to Absecon Lighthouse, the tallest in New Jersey. Visitors can climb the 228-step spiral staircase to the top of the tower and take in the sights below for a small fee.