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Romantic day trips from NYC

Instead of buying the usual flowers and chocolates, take your sweetheart on one of these romantic day trips

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The usual lovey-dovey gestures—flowers, chocolates, candlelit dinners—can be so cliché. For a truly memorable celebration, surprise your significant other with one of these romantic day trips. Willing to splurge? Head out of the city for a weekend-long romantic getaway in NY state or book a suite in one of the most romantic hotels in NYC. If you really have to stay local, try out one of these unique date ideas or cuddle up in one of the coziest restaurants and bars in NYC.

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Romantic day trips near NYC

Hunter Mountain

Hunter Mountain

Just two hours outside of the city, Hunter Mountain is a convenient place to get your skiing or snowboarding fix. Its 56 trails offer something for everyone: bunny hills, steep downhill runs, moguls, jumps, boxes and rails. There’s even a nine-lane snow tubing park! Take advantage of this all-inclusive deal to get transportation to and from the mountain, your ski or snowboard rental, a lift ticket and a cup of hot cocoa without dropping a ton of cash. $119 per person

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.

What’s more romantic than civic engagement? We don’t usually recommend talking politics on a date, but you can at least admire some of the most iconic D.C. landmarks together on this tour of our nation’s capitol. Get up early to catch the 7am bus, then snooze until you arrive at Arlington National Cemetery, the first stop of the day. You’ll also hit the Capitol, White House, Lincoln Memorial and Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum before heading back to New York City. If you book a trip for this spring, you might just be lucky enough to witness the blooming cherry blossoms! $169 per person

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The Hamptons and Sag Harbor

The Hamptons and Sag Harbor

Explore New Yorkers’ favorite summer getaway on this daylong tour of Long Island. The first stop is in Southampton, where you’ll stroll down the picturesque main street lined with gift shops and boutiques. Then, you’ll wander through Sag Harbor, where you’ll stop for lunch after admiring the yachts bobbing in the marina. There’s even enough time to make a pit stop at the outlets on the way home, in case you need to get some shopping in. $169 per person

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Philadelphia and Amish Country

Philadelphia and Amish Country

Fall deeper in love while walking the streets of the City of Brotherly Love. It’s a mere 100 miles from NYC, and it’s full of history. You’ll visit the Liberty Bell, Constitution Square and Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest inhabited street in the country. The next stop is Lancaster County, home to America’s oldest Amish settlement. Take a ride in a buggy as you tour farms and learn about the Amish lifestyle: no electricity, cell phones, internet or modern conveniences of any kind. $169 per person

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Seven Lakes Tour

Seven Lakes Tour

Don’t want to travel so far? Try this tour of Seven Lakes Drive. First, you’ll stop across the Hudson River in Weehawken for a view of Manhattan that most tourists never see. Once you’ve snapped a few photos, it’s on towards scenic Palisades Parkway and breathtaking views of the lakes of Harriman State Park. $326 per person

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Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

It’s okay to go chasing waterfalls when the falls in question are the most powerful in North America. Fly to upstate New York to tour both the Canadian and American side of Niagara Falls. (Don’t forget your passport!) During the warmer months, you can take a boat tour to get up close and personal with the falls. In winter, you’ll want to opt for the Journey Behind the Falls experience instead—it’s a lot drier. $320 per person

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Boston

Boston

No need to “pahk the cah in Hahvahd Yahd”—you’re taking an hourlong flight to make this day trip to Boston more doable. Once you’ve arrived in Beantown, walk part of the Freedom Trail and visit the Bunker Hill Monument, Old South Church and other historic sites from the Revolutionary War. You can’t leave without sampling authentic New England clam chowder, either. $629 per person

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