A common question on Tripadvisor’s NYC forum is what location is best combined with a trip to New York. The answer, of course, depends on your interests. Based on a lifetime spent traveling around the NYC area, I’ve come up with some suggestions. This list just scratches the surface and reflects my interests, so don’t expect any entries on golf, sporty pursuits or hiking other than on city streets!
The Obvious Choices:
Washington, DC – A little over 3 hours from NYC by train, this is probably the #1 combo for overseas visitors. You can fly, but Amtrak is a lot more civilized, as long as it is on time. If you’re on a budget and your schedule is a little more flexible, consider Bolt or Mega Bus. The monuments, Smithsonian, Spy Museum (reserve in advance) are some of the major attractions. The Monaco, a Kimpton Hotel, and others often have great weekend deals.
Philadelphia – a good option for history and art lovers. Home to Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and other major locations pertinent to American history. One of the best art museums in the country and that is before the Barnes Foundation’s Philadelphia branch opens in May. Reading Terminal Market for moderate food options; anything Jose Garces for special meals. The original Buddakan is here too. The well located Loews Hotel often has specials. Book Amtrak early for the best fares, or Bolt or Mega buses are fine for the relatively short trip, depending on traffic. The NJ Transit to Septa is less expensive than Amtrak but can take up to 3 hours for the 1.5 hour trip.