• I man sits cross-legged on a cliff and looks at the water in New York State

    Day Trip Itineraries in New York State

Unearth New York State's hidden gems on unforgettable day trips from the Adirondacks to the Hamptons. Nature, history, and culture await!

The city that never sleeps is known for its diverse culture, iconic landmarks and museums, and boundless energy. Beyond the city, New York State boasts a diverse and captivating natural beauty that expands far beyond the bustling streets of Manhattan. Extend your stay at The James NoMad and embrace the adventures upstate New York offers. If you’re eager to break free from the rhythm of the city, consider these day trips that will introduce you to a new facet of New York.

An Adirondack Adventure: Lake Placid & Mirror Lake

Escape the city’s hustle and bustle and venture into the picturesque Adirondack Mountains. This area of upstate is majestic and idyllic to visit no matter the time of year, although it is breathtaking during the fall and perfect for hikes during the summer. A day trip to Lake Placid and Mirror Lake promises mesmerizing vistas, tranquil waters, and abundant recreational activities. Explore the charming village of Lake Placid, visit the Olympic Center, and savor the peace and serenity of Mirror Lake as you paddle its pristine waters. The Adirondacks are a beautiful place to visit if you’re an avid hiker and nature lover. There are countless trails and mountains throughout the 6-million-acre that make up Adirondack National Park. Hikes vary from short and easy to steep and strenuous, but they all promise beautiful moments in Nature. 

A Cultural Retreat in the Hudson Valley

If you drive a little over two hours upstate in New York, you can step back in time with a day trip to the enchanting Hudson Valley. This region is steeped in history and boasts numerous charming towns, stately mansions, and artistic havens. You can take a scenic cruise along the Hudson River, which offers a unique way of the surrounding landscapes and historical sites. Speaking of historical sites, visit the Franklin D. Roosevelt Home and Presidential Library and the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site for a glimpse into the opulent Gilded Age homes that still stand in this valley. 

In recent years, the Hudson Valley has seen a rise in popularity amongst artistic and contemporary crowds. Towns like Hudson and Cold Spring are known for their quaint antique shops filled with timeless pieces, trendy bars, and farm-to-table eclectic restaurants like Lil’ Deb’s Oasis and Cafe Mutton. For artistic inspiration combined with nature, visit Storm King Art Center, where you can meander through an open-air museum that is perhaps the most extensive collection of contemporary outdoor sculptures in the United States. The Hudson Valley is a perfect day destination for a refreshing take on New York. 

The Gorge-ous Letchworth State Park

Often referred to as the “Grand Canyon of the East,” Letchworth State Park is a nature lover’s paradise. Marvel at the sheer cliffs, deep gorges, and cascading waterfalls as you hike the various trails or opt for a hot air balloon ride to experience the park’s splendor from a different perspective. Yes, you heard that right: You can take a hot air balloon ride at one of the most picturesque locations within Letchworth State Park for an unforgettable nature experience. 

A hot air balloon flies over waterfalls in Letchworth State Park in New York State

A Taste of Wine Country – Finger Lakes

The Finger Lakes region offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural delights, and award-winning vineyards and wineries. Watkins Glen State Park is a must-visit for nature enthusiasts, thanks to its meandering trails and picture-perfect waterfalls.  An almost two-mile hike will take you past 19 waterfalls and up over 800 stone steps. You can discover the art of glassmaking at the Corning Museums of Glass or embark on wine tours and tastings. Three Finger Lakes wine trails provide an easily navigable way to travel through the area while letting you taste what each has to offer: The Keuka Lake Wine Trail, the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, and the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail take you around the lakes that give them their respective names. 

A boardwalk on. a sunny day in the Finger Lakes region of New York State

The Hamptons Escape: Beaches and Luxury with The James NoMad 

Few things sound as glamorous as saying, ‘I’m off to the Hamptons for the day!’ Thankfully, with The James NoMad, you can experience the ultimate luxury getaway with our exclusive day trip itinerary to the Hamptons. Your journey begins at The James. After a restful night’s sleep in one of our Jimmy Suites, savor a delicious breakfast at Scarpetta’s café, setting the perfect tone for the day ahead. Our partnership with BLADE allows you to be whisked away in a 40-minute helicopter flight to East Hampton; aerial views of the city and upstate New York will leave you mesmerized. 

Upon landing, a private car service will whisk you away to one of East Hampton’s finest locations, handpicked by Hamptons Picnic Co. Sink your toes into the sandy shores as you enjoy a bespoke tablescape with a locally sourced three-course picnic lunch, featuring the freshest flavors of the region. As the day nears its end, take home the essence of the Hamptons with two bottles of locally crafted rosé from Wölffer Estate, a perfect memento of your coastal escapade. Wave goodbye to the Hamptons as you embark on a sunset BLADE flight back home, just in time to experience the vibrant nightlife of The Seville.

A beautiful elaborate picnic on a beach near the water in New York State

We love New York State

New York State has many day trip options to satisfy every adventurer’s appetite, from the tranquil lakes and soaring peaks of the Adirondacks to the charming style of the Hudson Valley and the coastal glamour of the Hamptons. These day trips offer a glimpse into the diverse wonders that this state has to offer. 

Book your stay with us today and embark on a journey that seamlessly blends the allure of Upstate New York’s natural wonders with the excitement of the Big Apple’s endless possibilities. Unleash the explorer within you and create lasting memories at The James Nomad — your gateway to an extraordinary New York experience. 

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