Looking to escape the stress of the city for awhile? If so, take a peek at our list of the best day trips away from New York City!

The Catskills


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The Catskills is definitely at the top of this list, as it’s only two and a half hours away from New York City and flaunts some of the state’s most picturesque mountain views and charming small towns.

The Catskill Mountains were created and shaped by its waterways, which are used today for water sports like kayaking, rafting, and canoeing. If water sports aren’t your thing, enjoy ziplining 600 feet above the ground at about 50 miles an hour on the longest and highest zipline canopy tour in all of North America or mountain biking through some of the best tracks the country has to offer.

For more information, check out the Catskills’ official website.

Atlantic City, New Jersey


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If you’re looking for more flash in a day trip, look no further than Atlantic City, New Jersey, which is about a two and a half hour drive from Manhattan.

Enjoy a low-key day on the beach and boardwalk, or test your luck at one of the countless casinos. Atlantic City is also home to some of the best lounges and dance clubs, perfect for those looking to leave all their stress behind in the city.

Visit the Atlantic City website for more information.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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History buffs will love this day trip. Situated a little over two hours from the center of New York City, Philadelphia is filled with a rich history and unique tourist attractions.

Snap a photo in front of the famous Liberty Bell, tour the Independence Hall, and round out your trip with an authentic Philly Cheesesteak sandwich.

Visit the official website to find out more about the various attractions on offer in Philadelphia.

Cape May, New Jersey


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Only about a three hour drive from Manhattan, Cape May is the ideal getaway for those looking for something low key and relaxing.

Enjoy time by the water or sip on some of the best wine at Hawk Haven Vineyard, which is situated on over 100 acres of farmland.

Alternatively, pamper yourself at the Cape May Day Spa, where you’ll be treated to state-of-the-art services and experience total tranquility and comfort.

You can learn more about Cape May here.

Freeport, Long Island


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Freeport is a great choice for those looking for a quick day trip, as it’s only an hour drive from the city.

Visitors should check out the Nautical Mile, which is located on Woodcleft Avenue. This waterfront strip is home to a number of unique restaurants, bars, and stores.

Be sure to check out local favorite, EB Elliot’s, an upscale waterfront steakhouse with fresh seafood and the best cuts of beef.