With a population of more than 8 million, much of it densely packed into the skyscrapers of Manhattan and the brownstones of Brooklyn, New York City is a place you could quite literally spend your whole life exploring. It might seem counterintuitive to plan day excursions on your next trip to NYC, knowing all there is to discover within the five boroughs, but once you see some of these places, you won’t be able to resist.
The Wineries of Warwick, NY
You won’t have a problem finding excellent wine bars in the heart of New York City, but did you know that world-class wineries are only a short drive away? In as little as 90 minutes – how little depends on the severity of NYC’s infamous traffic, of course! – you could be relaxing in the vineyards of the picturesque Warwick Valley, located along the border with Pennsylvania just south of West Point.
Here, you’ll find Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery, where “delicious” is the word du jour. Whether you’re enjoying flights of red and white with panoramic views of the green hillsides around you, picking apples or enjoying light meals at the on-site Pané Bakery Cafe, you’ll be able to get back to the city in time for your favorite Broadway show.
Hair-Rising Adventures in Hunter, NY
New York City proper is exciting in its own ways, but city dwellers would be hard-pressed to find the sort of adventures on offer in Hunter, located just two hours from Manhattan by car in the heavily wooded mountains of upstate New York.
Once you’re there, get in contact with New York Zipline Canopy Tours, which offers several zip line packages, from thrilling courses more than 500 feet above the ground, to more relaxed tours that focus on ambiance, rather than adrenaline. With rates as low as $89 for entry-level tours, Warwick’s zip lines are as affordable as they are accessible.
An Idyllic Beach Escape on Fire Island
You’re always surrounded by water in New York City, but the last thing you probably think is to swim in any of it. That changes the moment you arrive on Fire Island, located about 90 minutes from Manhattan via a combination of the Long Island Railroad and public ferry. Idyllic scenes of sea-oat crowned sand dunes and lighthouses make you feel much further afield in New England – the big city is but a mere memory!
Fire Island has gained particular notoriety as an escape for members of New York’s LGBT community, but visitors of all walks of life are welcome. To be sure, Fire Island is easy to do as a day trip, but if you can give up your swanky New York City hotel room for just one night, it makes a relaxing place to stay, whether you camp on the beach or stay in a cabin.
Depending on how long you stay in the New York area, you could easily do all three of these day trips – or even more! No matter how many or how few you do, however, you’ll leave even more convinced of what you already knew: There’s no place in the world like New York City.
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