Many of you write to us for advice for short trips out of town from New York City (remember in this regard that for this type of request there is a private group on Facebook www.facebook.com/groups/288129894992673/ , do not write us a mail because we can not answer).
When you are lucky enough to visit the city for more than 5-6 days, it is normal that you feel the need to see something more ” provincial “.
Let’s be clear, New York does not represent the United States , it is a real world apart and having the chance to get an idea about the American province can be very interesting and allows you to capture some aspects of the country that can remain hidden in the chaotic rhythms of New York.
The most popular trips are those directed to the Niagara Falls , always very popular combination although they are not very close, and those that lead to discover another of the great metropolis of Northeastern USA. Many opt for the nearest, Philadelphia , others prefer Boston or Washington DC . Combining another big city with a visit to New York is easy to organize thanks to the many train and bus connections.
- 1 Hoboken
- 2 Fire Island
- 3 Breakneck Ridge
- 4 Woodstock
Today, however, I would like to analyze some destinations near New York a little less traveled by tourism , small corners of America more or less close that can give an authentic experience.
This can not be considered a real trip, also because it is reached in a few minutes of PATH (Port Authority Trans Hudson) from Manhattan. But it has the merit of giving you another perspective on the city of New York and to let you know the life of a suburb that, despite being crushed by the beauty and fame of what lies beyond the Hudson, can have its own soul well distinct.
We are in another state, New Jersey , and the city clearly shows signs of a strong immigration of our compatriots. Among the reasons that push so many people to cross the river for a trip to this town there is the pastry shop managed by Buddy Valastro Jr., the so-called Boss of the Torte that own Hoboken’s workshop and store. Carlo’s Bakery is located at 95 Washington Street.
One of the most famous Italian-Americans in the world, Frank Sinatra , was born in Hoboken. If you walk up to 415 Monroe Street , home to one of the greatest voices in history, you’ll find a star very similar to Hollywood Boulevard in California.
After this walk through the streets of the town, I have been there in the morning so as to organize a breakfast + tour of Hoboken, it is time to move along the banks of the river to enjoy the wonderful skyline of Manhattan .
Along the Sinatra Drive you will find many point views where to stop for a relaxing break and to take some picture postcard.
Very popular trip among New Yorkers, especially on summer weekends when it is filled with people ready to party in many clubs and also welcomes a large part of the gay community of NYC.
The ideal time to visit is definitely the end of summer – early autumn or late spring, maybe not during a weekend, when even taking a ferry can be complicated.
Taken outside the noisy summer weekends, the island is really pleasant and offers wonderful moments of relaxation as a break from the noise of the metropolis.
Fire Island is a narrow strip of land that is located south of Long Island (another super tour of which today we will not speak) and that in summer can also be reached by the Long Island Rail Road that leaves from Penn Station, Manhattan to which a shuttle is paired to reach the Fire Island Ferry. For information see http://www.fireislandferries.com/
Since it is protected under federal law, the Fire Island National Seashore, for the most part, can not be traveled by car.
If you are looking for some wild nature not too far from the NYC, you might think of a trip to Breakneck Ridge . You can reach the place either by Metro North train or by rental car. Organize the trip well, I have been there in the context of an on the road, if you go by train, get very well informed.
The Breakneck Ridge Trail is very interesting, a bit ‘challenging and able to give wonderful views of the Hudson River. Here you will find a video to get an idea of the trail and here some information
Who has never heard of the most incredible festival in history? But you must know that the Woodstock festival was not held exactly here but in Bethel , a town about 60km away. But Woodstock has much more to offer and over time has married very well the hippy spirit that made it famous in the world: today you will find a pleasant town with extravagant shops and clubs.
Reaching it is very simple and practical if you have a rental car (which would allow you to easily visit the surroundings, Bethel and Saugerties). If you can not really hire a vehicle, you will have to rely on a train or bus. The second one is more practical because it leaves from the Porth Authority Bus Terminal and leaves right at Woodstock while the Amtrak train goes down to Rhinecliff and then you have to take a taxi. Both are not cheap, for a / r we start at $ 60 per person.
Walking through Woodstock is really much more interesting than expected, and on Saturday and Sunday the city hosts an interesting antiques market, the Saturday and Sunday Flea Market .