Get Outta Here: All the Trips by Train from New York (That I Could Think of)

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Take a car-free vacation! Use New York’s impressive train access to visit a body of water, discover a new city, or spend a weekend away. Trains have more accessibility, more luggage storage (without fees!) and unmatched views.

Try a new city: The Accela line from New York to Boston is a gorgeous coastal route with beautiful views of the Connecticut Sound. Plus, Boston is at its best in the summer. Explore the city, see the harbor, and take a tour of this historic city. Read our Shoes On guide to Boston.

Explore the capital: Anyone living in the U.S. can benefit from a visit to the nation’s capital. See the impressive Capitol Building or the White House, plus everything else Washington, D.C. has to offer. All of the museums are free, government buildings offer tours, and there are many trains daily, making it an easy (and affordable!) trip. Read our Shoes On guide to Washington, D.C. Or, take the same train line (the Northeast Regional) and stop in Philadelphia or Baltimore.

Get your French on: For an easy trip to a different country, take the train to Montreal, Quebec, the most “European” city in North America. With a mix of French and English everywhere, it feels a world away from New York. The train is 12 hours long, but the seats are incredibly comfortable and the views are spectacular. Read our Shoes On guide to Montreal.

Have a beach day: NYC has no shortage of beaches. Catch the MTA’s A train to the Rockaways or the F to Coney Island, take the LIRR out to any of Long Island’s beaches, or use NJ Transit’s North Jersey Coast Line to visit the (in)famous Jersey Shore.

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Go to the lake: Need a bit more of a weekend away? Take the Ethan Allen Express up to Burlington, Vermont. Enjoy Lake Champlain and Burlington’s laid-back, outdoorsy culture and microbreweries. Or, for something a bit quieter, try Ticonderoga, NY. The Amtrak Adirondack train takes you right there, and our Shoes On guide includes a relaxing four-day itinerary.

Catch the game or see a concert: Take a break one afternoon and find some fun at any of the NYC-area stadiums and arenas. Check out our Shoes On guide for transit-friendly ways to have a night out

Take a hike: Take a “forest bath” and soak up the benefits of being in nature in Harriman State Park. The Port Jervis train line makes it easy to spend an afternoon in the woods, where hikers of all levels will find trails to enjoy. Read our Shoes On guide to Harriman State Park.

Go farther: Amtrak, when combined with other regional train service providers can get you almost anywhere in North America. You can take a train from New York to Los Angeles. It might take you a few days, but it’d be an unforgettable experience. See the map of Amtrak’s routes.


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Michaela Keil
Michaela Keil
Michaela Keil is the Editor of Bluedot Living Brooklyn, and the Managing Editor, Special Projects, for the Brooklyn Eagle. When she's not writing, you can either find her outside — in the rain, shine, snow, or cold — or inside baking bread. Find her on twitter @mkeil16.
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