No car? No problem! You don’t need planes, trains, or automobiles to escape New York City for these day trip destinations. So sit back, relax, and let someone else take the wheel as you leave NYC in your rear view mirror.

Sunset over Manhattan Bridge, day trip from New York City
Leaving New York City behind for a day trip Image by Andre Benz from Unsplash

1. Enjoy a wine tour day trip to Long Island

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A day trip away from New York City to wine tasting overlooking the vineyard Image by Kym Ellis from Unsplash

Just a few hours east of New York City, the North Fork area of Long Island is full of scenic vineyards.

Many tour companies offer transportation to and from New York City’s surrounding wine country. Tours usually include wine tastings at a few vineyards and a delicious lunch overlooking the vines. Day trips can be customized for either a large group or small private tour. Sourced Adventures and New York Wine Events are two highly rated tour operators on TripAdvisor.

Day Trip Tip: Long Island vineyards are known for the Bordeaux varieties, so be sure to taste a Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, or Merlot – or all three!

2. Cruise the Hudson River to a hike at Bear Mountain

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Tomkins Cove at Bear Mountain State Park is an easy day trip from New York City Image by Ricky Kharawala from Unsplash

Take a cruise on the Circle Line along the Hudson River for a day trip to Bear Mountain State Park. You’ll sail two and a half hours each way from New York City while enjoying scenic views of the Palisades, Grant’s Tomb, the George Washington Bridge and the Cloisters. Spend three hours enjoying Bear Mountain State Park and take one of the suggested hikes on the easy Hessian Lake Loop or the more challenging Perkins Memorial Tower.

Day Trip Tip: Enjoy German beer and food at the Onboard Oktoberfest with live music on Saturdays and Sundays.

3. Take a Lyft to New Jersey’s American Dream

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Shopping day trip from New York City to American Dream
Image by Becca McHaffie from Unsplash

American Dream is a new retail and entertainment complex that’s an easy day trip from New York City to East Rutherford, New Jersey. In addition to shopping at the luxury fashion retail stores, you can also have fun at the indoor ski and snowboard park. Lyft is the Official Rideshare Partner of American Dream. Request a Lyft driver from your location and then select the exclusive pickup or drop-off zone at American Dream.

Day Trip Tip: Book your Big SNOW package ahead of time cause it’s a very popular day trip and fills up quickly.