Whether you’re a visitor or a local, one of the best things to do in your city is to escape for a while. Sometimes all you need is a day to recharge yourself, which is exactly why we’ve selected some outstanding locations for you. It will only take you an hour or two to reach these locations from major cities. So get ready to catch a train or hop in a car to welcome a change in scenery.

Here is our list of some charming locations that you can visit on a day trip:

Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow

Some people may have heard of Sleepy Hollow the (short story) but there is quite a lot more to the town of the same name. Fans of Washington Irving’s stories can go ahead and visit his home in Sunnyside or visit the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery where the fictional character Ichabod Crane was chased by the Headless Horseman.

If you’re looking for something a little less spooky, then you can carve out some time to visit the historic mansions in the area such as the Rockefeller Estate or Tarrytown’s Lyndhurst which was once owned by a railroad baron. Follow this up with a meal at the Blue Hill of Stone Barns which is a well-renowned restaurant situated on a working farm.

Starved Rock State Park

You can beat Chicago’s heat by visiting this location which is just two hours from the southwest of the city. This park was once home to Native Americans and is now a historic landmark with fascinating sandstone bluffs, waterfall, and canyons. It also provides a magnificent view of the Illinois River. Visitors can even spend some of their days exploring the 13-mile hiking trail here. Once they’ve worked up an appetite, they can stop for lunch at the Starved Rock Lodge. In the winter, this place is a great location to spot some bald eagles.


Outdoorsmen, fans of literature, and history buffs will all love visiting Concord. This small town is quite famous for the role it played during the American Revolution as Paul Revere rode through here to warn the militia about the British approach. This makes the town of Concord a town of revolutionary heroes. American literary giants like Hawthorne, Alcott, Thoreau, and Emerson all lived here once and visitors can even stop by their houses.

Other than this, visitors can visit the Walden Pond where Thoreau had spent almost two years of his life. Then, visitors can go for an afternoon of canoeing and hiking before stopping at Bondir Concord for a farm-to-table meal.

Wilmington, Delaware

This town is known especially for its abundance of museums, beautiful architecture and for being a family-friendly area. Visitors can head on over to the Brandywine Zoo or spend some time at the Delaware Children’s Museum which would appeal to inquisitive preteens and toddlers. If you’re looking for a taste of some gilded life, then you can visit the Nemours Mansion and Gardens – which is a Du Pont family home that spreads over around 300 acres of essential and reservations lands.

While we highly recommend these places for a day trip, there are some other options that you may want to look up if you live in States in the Northeast near these cities and towns.  More suggestions to follow in the future.