6 Amazing Places You Can Visit from NYC in a Day

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6 Amazing Places You Can Visit from NYC in a Day
Great New York day trips
Ready for an adventure? There’s so many amazing places you can visit from NYC in just a day…

1. Niagara Falls


Niagara Falls Day Trip


Did you know, that you can visit Niagara Falls from NYC in just a day? If the incredible falls are something you’ve always wanted to see, or you just fancy ticking it off your bucket list, we’d recommend booking a hassle-free Niagara Falls day trip. You’ll be picked up from your Manhattan hotel, before a short flight to upstate New York where you’ll meet an expert tour guide.

First, you’ll visit the American side of Niagara, before crossing the border into Canada for an even closer view of the stunning landmark. Depending on the time of year, you’ll either take a boat ride right up to the falls, or venture deep inside the scenic tunnels instead. Your experience will also include a delicious buffet lunch at a restaurant that boasts panoramic views of Niagara Falls!

Highlights- being up close to one of the most famous landmarks in the world.


2. Coney Island


Coney Island New York


Coney Island is the closest place you can visit on our list, as it’s only about an hour away from Times Square on the subway. You’ll get there even quicker if you’re travelling by car, but this could be quite a costly option if you choose to get one of the city’s famous yellow taxis.

If you’re visiting with the family or little ones, Coney Island is a great day out. It has a sandy beach, an amusement park and some of the city’s most famous hot dogs- Nathans. Luna Park has plenty of exciting attractions that will provide hours of fun. Make sure you ride the iconic Wonder Wheel while you’re there, as you can take in spectacular views of the city from 150-feet in the air. The impressive wheel has been a star attraction at the park since 1920 and has been enjoyed by over 40 million people!

Highlights- The fun attractions at Luna Park.


3. Washington DC


Washington DC Day trip


Washington DC is famous for many things, including being the capital of the United States and home to the White House. If you’d love to visit, but aren’t sure where to start, a guided tour from NYC is a great choice. You won’t have to worry about planning and organising your day, and can take in all of the city’s highlights.

Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of New York City and soak up the rich history and beauty of Washington. You’re tour guide will tell you all about the history of the colonies, American Revolution and Civil War, before visiting some of the most famous buildings in the world. Of course, a visit to Washington wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the home of the President. Make sure you’ve got your camera handy, as there will plenty of time to take some pictures outside the White House.

Highlights- the White House, Capitol Hill, Iwo Jima and Vietnam Memorial, Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum.


4. Boston


Boston day trip from New York


Once you’ve seen New York City’s top attractions you might want to venture a bit further. A day trip to Boston gives you the chance to discover another amazing city during your holiday. A guided tour is the best way to make sure you fit all the city’s top sights into one day. Your first stop will be at one of the most prestigious universities in the world- Harvard. You’ll spend some time walking through the grounds and will get to see the famous statue of John Harvard. Make sure you rub his shoe for good luck!

You’ll also get the chance to visit the centre of Boston, where you’ll enjoy a walk on the Freedom Trail. The popular 2.5-mile path leads you to 16 historical sites including the Boston Common, the Old State House, Paul Revere’s house, the site of the Boston Massacre, and Old North Church. Lunch time will give you the opportunity to try some Boston classics like clam chowder, and tasty lobster rolls.

Highlights- the Freedom Trail.  


5. Woodbury Common


Woodbury Common shopping New York


While this one isn’t exactly a sightseeing tour, if you’ve come to New York for the shopping you won’t want to miss the opportunity to visit Woodbury Common. If you’re not familiar with it, Woodbury Common is a premium shopping outlet, where you can get some incredible bargains. All you serious shoppers will be in your element with discounts of up to 65% on big name brands! There’s over 240 shops to explore including, Adidas, Barneys, Calvin Klein, Coach, Disney, Gap, Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren to name a few.

Highlights- Woodbury Common is the most popular outlet mall in New York and the discounts from 25-65% are sure to put a smile on your face.


6. Philadelphia


Philadelphia day trip

A guided tour of Philadelphia also includes a visit to Lancaster City- the home of the Amish community. There’s plenty to see and your day will be filled from start to finish. In Philadelphia, you’ll get to visit Chinatown, where you can sample the mouth-watering cuisine and unique bubble tea. You’ll also get up close to the Liberty Bell (the most famous bell in the world!) Independence Hall and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Before you move on, you’ll get to visit the “Rocky Steps” and relive that classic scene.

Afterwards, you’ll get an insight into the lives of the Amish community, where you’ll see how they live without the benefits of modern technology, no electricity and no running water. You’ll be able to experience something completely different and will be amazed at the contrast between New York City.

Highlights- Experience the first capital of the United States, get up close to the Liberty Bell and run up the “Rocky steps”. 


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