One thing about New Yorkers, we love a weekend getaway. Sure, the city is excellent, and you always have things to do but occasionally, we like to trade the hustle and bustle for some peace and quiet.
Train travel is the perfect opportunity to do this. In recent years many New Yorkers have abandoned traditional air travel for a more scenic and affordable option with Amtrak. Traveling by train allows you to embrace the sweeping nature views across various states and at a third of the price. Amtrak also provides the most environmentally friendly choice by being 34% more energy efficient than domestic air travel. It is also super-efficient as New York City is a hub for railroad travel providing travelers with multiple travel options from the center of the city. If you need some ideas on where to visit during your time in New York here are five places to add to your list.
NYC to Philadelphia, PA: 1 hour 20 minutes
Perfect for a day trip, Philadelphia is just an hour and 20 minutes outside the city. This UNESCO World Heritage City is an ideal walkable city. You can walk around old city significant in American history and then make your way over to a dozen other American landmarks such as the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall all in one neighborhood. While you’re there make sure to visit Reading Terminal Market for a taste of the local cuisine and try an authentic Philly cheesesteak.
NYC to Hudson, NY: 2 Hours
Just two hours outside of the city you have the small city of Hudson, NY which is as picturesque as a movie. The streets are lined with tiny boutiques, antique shops, unique museums, and quaint restaurants. If you are tired of the concrete jungle and want a more nature-filled small-town feel this is the perfect place for you. Hudson also provides a historic view of the U.S., as it was once a hub for whalers in the 18th century now considered the Brooklyn of upstate New York. Once you’re there, consider checking out Warren Street, the main street that runs throughout the city, and take some time to hike the multiple trails.
NYC to Montauk, NY: 3 hours
Amtrak isn't the only option for a great train trip. The Long Island Railroad which you can catch in various places throughout the city including Penn Station is perfect for your next beach getaway to Montauk, New York. Along the coast, you'll enjoy idyllic beaches and small-town vibes. While you’re there take time to visit the Montauk Point Lighthouse, walk along Ditch Plains Beach, and set out on a horseback ride with Deep Hollow Ranch, the first established cattle ranch in the U.S.
NYC to Washington, DC: 3 Hours 30 Minutes
Washington DC is the perfect midsize city that is not too quiet or too overwhelming. The train only takes three and a half hours passing through Philadelphia and Baltimore where you can take in some cityscape views mixed in with some greenery. If you stay downtown, you are within walking distance of many historic and cultural sites such as the Washington monument, reflecting pools, and of course The White House. All throughout Washington DC are electric scooters and bikes which makes it easy to travel longer distances without having a car. They also have a great subway system to get around for more exploring.
NYC to Boston, MA: 3 Hours 30 Minutes
Another great midsize city is Boston, Massachusetts. The trip will take three and a half hours passing through scenic countryside views. Boston is a very walkable city making it easy to explore the many historical sites such as The Freedom Trail, Paul Revere House, and visiting the Institute of Contemporary Art. They also have various seasonal activities to enjoy. If you are there during baseball season, make sure to catch a game at the iconic Fenway Park. Going on a whale-watching cruise between April and October is also a must!