Excursions are a fun activity and yet super easy to make true. Even though traveling seems to be one of the most natural things to do in our days, it has not always been that way. Tourism is an industry that has been around us for just a while. Particularly, the evolution of technology and transportation is responsible for the increase in travel. Airplanes have made moving a matter of a few hours and destinations that used to be considered as dreams that would never occur in real life are now feasible. In this article, we have gathered some of the best places to go for a day trip if you are in some of the largest cities in the United States. New York, L.A., San Francisco, and Miami are only some of the very frequented cities in the States. Let’s see what you may do if you are around there.
- From New York: Fire Island is only an hour and a half away from the city and is the perfect opportunity for you to find yourself near the beach relaxing and enjoying the sun for a moment. Away from the sound of the city and closer to nature, you can visit Fire Island by LIRR and ferry.
There is also the Sunken Forest Reserve where you can take a walk and hear the sounds of birds talking to each other. A little further, but accessible via car is Kerhonkson. Here you can enjoy nature and add some adventure to your trip. The place offers an opportunity for mountain biking and climbing rocks. Again, trails for walking are available for those who are not that much into sports. The Delaware River is another magnificent scenery for people who want to escape from the city. Take a canoe or a tubing ring and go along with the waters of the river. Trust us worths a visit.
- Form Los Angeles: Los Angeles is also located in the south part of the United States and has warmer weather. Whatever time of the year you happen to be in L.A. don’t forget to go to Palm Springs. There are day trips organized for less than $ 150 offering guides, transportation, and stunning aerial tram ride. Through the trams, you can gaze at the desert from above and get closer to the mountains. Santa Barbara is another relaxing opportunity for you and your friends.
It is less than two hours by car and easy to go. We love Los Angeles but let’s be honest it is overcrowded, even when you want to go to the beach. Santa Barbara has places that can assure you have some privacy, such as the Butterfly Beach that especially in the wintertime is a paradise on earth. If you are looking for an organized activity and you have some hours to spend you can also go to Santa Barbara Zoo, especially if you have little ones in your company.
- From San Francisco: Yosemite National Park has been mentioned in the past in our articles, and this is only because it is a true gem. Whoever has visited the park has been excited and wants to go again. Many agencies offer day trips from San Francisco to the park and some of them include meals and beverages. However, if you don’t want to mix with other people during Covid-19 you can drive to the park and enjoy the ride. El Capitan and Half Dome are the must-sees of the park, so don’t skip them. If you’d rather step on a boat there is always the option of Alcatraz Island. The island has been the host of the most dangerous criminals in the past and is known for its prison. There are guided tours that can walk you through the inner part of the prison and excite you with stories and tales of the years when the prison was working.
- From Miami: Miami is probably a place that it is most possible to be around if you are a tourist. Still, it is a very big city and people working in the tourist section may also want to take a day trip to relax somewhere outside. The Everglades is the famous ecosystem located in the south-west of Miami. At the Alligator Park, you can see educational shows, while a private tour with an expert guide on an airboat would be rather fascinating if your pocket can afford it.
Another treasure is Bimini in the Bahamas. We seem to force you to jump on a boat, but trust us it worths the effort. Take the high-speed ferry from Miami and go to Bimini for white sand beaches and some privacy compared to Miami. The fact that you have to take sea transport to get there makes it less popular and therefore less crowded, especially some times of the year when tourism is not that high.
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