If you thought it was too far to visit Niagara Falls by car from New York, you’d be absolutely…right. At 6 and a half hours each way without traffic, you’d have to get up very early to enjoy much time at the Falls, and you probably wouldn’t get to explore it from both sides of the border. So why are we including it in this list? Because you don’t need to drive! It takes just 60 minutes to reach Niagara Falls by air from New York City Airport, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the stunning sight of one of the world’s best natural beauty spots. Niagara Falls is made up of three separate waterfalls straddling the US-Canadian border and is visited by over 20,000,000 people each year so we’re pretty sure it’s worth the journey! If you decide to visit by air on this organised tour, you’ll get to experience the Maid of the Mist boat tour which has been taking passengers below the falls since 1846 and has since become a Niagara institution and a must-do on your trip. Crossing the border into Canada for a few hours, you can also enjoy the view from one of the best vantage points of the falls – so don’t forget to bring your passport! To find out more about this trip, click here.
If you’re familiar with the Sleepy Hollow films, you may not actually want to visit this spooky little village on the outskirts of New York. If you’re feeling brave though, Sleepy Hollow is just 30 miles north of the city and can be reached by train in under an hour. Take a tour of the haunted cemetery or visit the headless horseman bridge if you really feel like getting spooked out! Even if you don’t believe in all that, Sleepy Hollow is a cute little village to explore and unwind.
For all the delicious food you’ll find in New York, you can’t beat Boston when it comes to fresh seafood dishes - local specialities like ‘sacred cod’ and thick, creamy chowder dominate the Boston foodie scene. Even if people come to Boston for a taste of the fresh steamed lobster, they stay for the craft beer culture, the history and, of course, the sport. You can enjoy all of this and more in a 1 day trip from New York if you’re prepared to make an early start! It takes 4 hours to reach Boston from New York, during which time you can relax or catch a forty winks on the comfortable, air conditioned coach and still arrive with time to spare before lunch. There’s plenty of history and culture to be enjoyed, including the site of the historical ‘Tea Party’ and the Navy shop, USS Constitution. You’ll have around 9 hours to enjoy this beautiful city, including free time for a lunch break where you can run off and enjoy some of that world-famous seafood I mentioned earlier! To find out more about the tour, click here.
If you’ve ever wanted to take in the view of the magnificent White House or to see the home of the US Congress but thought you didn’t have the time, a day trip from New York to Washington DC could be perfect for you. At just under a 4 hour coach ride, it could be a long day, but we’ve taken the stress out of the trip for you as you travel in a luxury air conditioned coach with no need to think about how you’re going to get there. Use the trip there and back to catch a few Zzz’s or plan for the best photo ops in Washington DC (The White House or Abraham Lincoln’s statue might be a good place to start!). DC is a city steeped in political history with landmarks significant to the development of the modern United States on every corner so make the most of it on this whirlwind tour. To find out more about what you can see in Washington DC, click here.
Philadelphia and Amish Country
At under 2 hours’ drive away from New York City, beautiful cobbled-lined Philadelphia makes a perfect day trip from New York. Philadelphia is a city infused with history, with some of the best preserved old American-style buildings in the US. It also presents an unmissable opportunity to learn more about the fascinating Amish community, who live a simple lifestyle in Pennsylvania rejecting the influences of the modern world. The first part of the tour takes you to the Independence Hall and Liberty Bell in Philadelphia before you leave the modern comforts behind and head out into Lancaster County. You’ll take a buggy ride around some traditional Amish farms, learning about the people who live and work there, and who have maintained the same simple lifestyle since they emigrated from the Netherlands in the 17th century. The Amish communities reject electricity, cars and influences from non-Amish communities with whom live harmoniously side by side, yet separately from. This tour offers a unique experience to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city and see a way of life so different from our own. To find out more about this tour, click here.
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