1. Cold Spring, NY
54 miles from NYC
For New Yorkers, it’s hard to imagine the city’s western boundary, the Hudson, in the context of a small town. But Cold Spring is just that—a riverside hamlet with an almost gratuitously all-American sensibility. (It’s where Don McLean wrote the song “American Pie,” so yeah, it’s fairly patriotic.) There are also antique shops, a trolley and a country store to boot.
Necessary pit stop: RiverMarket Bar and Kitchen (127 W Main St, Tarrytown, NY; 914-631-3100) serves locally sourced food right on the river.