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Daytrips Outside of NYC

Caroline Rosado
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Concierge, New York Hilton Midtown
Caroline Rosado
Concierge, New York Hilton Midtown
1335 Avenue of the Americas
212.586.7000

Sometimes it’s nice to get out of town—even if just for a day—and there are several great places to visit in close proximity to the Empire State. Caroline Rosado, concierge at New York Hilton Midtown, shares her top three. In Vernon, New Jersey, Mountain Creek, a resort just 47 miles from New York City, “is a great place to go skiing and snow tubing,” Rosado says. “You can go snow tubing for as low as $25 a person—reservation recommended—or skiing with an instructor for $51.99, you can bet that,” she continues. To get there from Manhattan, take the bus that leaves from Port Authority Bus Terminal’s Gate No. 326. The buses depart at 7:30 a.m. “The ride there is about an hour and 45 minutes, with great views on the way there,” Rosado says. Atlantic City is another of her New Jersey favorites. “[You can]  spend the day shopping, playing the slots and enjoy one of the many new gourmet restaurants,” she says. Plus, for the slow season, budget-conscious travelers can spend the night at one of the area’s nice hotels for anywhere from $65 dollars and up. To get there, take the Greyhound Lucky Streak® buses or the Academy Bus. “Each departure goes to a different casino, so consult for the schedule,” Rosado advises. “The casinos each give you back different amounts of money, but most give you at least the $20 you spent on the bus ticket, plus coupons for food—you can't beat that!” In Pennsylvania, Rosado says Philadelphia is another great place to spend the day. “You can see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, run up the stairs of the art museum, eat a Philly cheese steak for lunch—‘yummy’—and go shopping on South Street,” Rosado suggests. To get a look around the city, Rosado also says taking a trolley tour is another worthwhile activity. To get to Philadelphia, take an Amtrak train in the morning from Penn Station. “If you’re on a budget, you can use New Jersey Transit to Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) to Philly’s 30th Street station,” Rosado says. “If you take the direct train, it is an hour and 40 minutes.”