New York’s 20 Coolest Out-of-town Spots

Posted on Jun 19 2016 - 5:54pm by Neha Singh

New York’s 20 Coolest Out-of-town Spots

If you are coming to the city of New York, you will  not only enjoy the city, but also a number of out-of-town spots. These spots are the best places for sightseeing and offer means of fun and enjoyment. Below are the 20 of such places which you should never miss if you are coming to NYC with your USA visit visa.


  1. Catskill Animal Sanctuary

Far from the maddening crowd of the city, you can find yourself amidst the company of cute, innocent and more humanly animals at Catskill Animal Sanctuary. This property spreads over an area of 110 acres. Since its starting from 2001, the firm has rehabilitated about 2,000 neglected and farm animals abandoned by their owners. This is where visitors  can have a mute interaction with more than 300 goats, sheep, pigs and different kinds of barnyard beauties.  If you have an interest in fondling animals, you can reach the spot within 2 hours by car, 2 hours 10 minutes by  bus to Kingston and finally a 10 minutes’ drive by cab to 316 Old Stage Road, Saugerties. For more information, please contact at 845 336 8447 or visit

Yaddo Gardens

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  1. Yaddo Gardens

If you have an aesthetic bent of mind, you will enjoy visiting this spot which is an artists’ community in Saratoga Springs that spreads over an area of 400 verdant acres. You can go round the Tudor mansion covered with rose garden grown in Italian style. The Gardens are best for their idyllic pools and ghost tour. It takes 3 hours by car to reach to 312 Union Avenue. Contact at 518 584 0746 or visit for more information.

Alamo Draft house

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  1. Alamo Draft house

Since 1997, this destination has been dominated by dinner and movie revolution, in Austin. But, you have to accommodate yourself to the no-talking and texting policy practiced here. You can find this spot most enjoyable for a movie and dinner. You will have to travel 45 minutes by car. The spot is located in 2548 Central Park Avenue that can be reached by contacting 914 226 3082 or for a charge of $12.25 and above.

  1. Seneca Lake Wine Trail

This spot is dotted with 35 wineries, for many miles around the Lake Seneca in the Finger Lakes region. It has the record of producing vino since the late 1800 and has been getting national awards for producing varieties that include Pinot Gris, Mead, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling. You can reach 2 North Franklin Street, 320 Watkins Glen by contacting 607 535 8080 or

Mohonk Mountain House

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  1. Mohonk Mountain House

This spot is perched on a bluff above a glacial lake and is built in a Victorian-style mansion attached with spa and restaurants as its main attractions for cool-admiring visitors. It is best to visit for an adventure through the rock scramble supported by the complicated maze of boulders. The area surrounding the building is best to indulge in old-time grandiosity. The Mohonk Mountain House is located at 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz, NY. Call 855 883 3798 for a double occupancy room that costs around $336 to $700.

  1. Blue Hill at Stone Barns

This is Dan Barber’s restaurant spread over bucolic farmland of 80 acres. The food here is a bit  expensive  and will cost $198 along with a pairing of wine for $138. Touring round the manicured grounds will be a sensational experience, watching the pigs, chickens and critters moving freely around the spectacular greenhouse. Reaching this location at 630 Bedford Road, Tarrytown, NY, will take 1 hour by car, or by Metro-North to Tarrytown and then in a cab in 10 minutes.


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  1. Howe Caverns

You will have to descend 156 feet below the earth’s surface for viewing a strange formation of an underground lake and giant boulders. If you have the real spirit of adventure, you will enjoy crawling through the tight spaces. It is located at 255 Discovery Dr. Howe’s Cave, NY and can be contacted through 518 296 8900 or You have to drive 3 hours by air or 3 hours 45 minutes by bus to Schenectady, plus 30 minutes shuttle.

Hudson Supermarket

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  1. Hudson Supermarket

This 250 years old riverside town is flooded with about 50 antique shops dealing in furniture, art, lighting and many more. You can get a host of antiques if you visit the Hudson Valley during the warmer months, including the treasures of vintage. You can reach this place in 2 hours and 15 minutes by car.

  1. Bear Mountain State Park

Lying on the west side of Hudson, it is a short trip from NYC. If you have an interest in hiking, you can venture to ascend the 1,300 feet to hit the Appalachian trail. It is a good site for picnicking along the river side. The location is 55 Hessian Dr. Bear Mountain NY. Contact 845 786 270 or for more information.

Historic Huguenot Street

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  1. Historic Huguenot Street

Constructed 300 years back, you can find several stone houses and a church and will be marveled at the architecture and furnishing of the residences.  It is located at 81 Huguenot Street, New Paltz, NY. You can contact 845 255 1660 or You have to travel 1 hour 35 minutes by car to reach there.

    11. Xavier’s X20 on the Hudson:

This exclusive restaurant sits on the water and offers 245 feet vaulted ceiling and 3 walls of glass frame. Guests coming down for lunch and dinner can expect menus from classic French to Spanish influences. Check out the Dylan Lounge, which is always on high tempo and plays sophisticated track lists.

    12. Green Lakes State Park-

Green Lakes State Park, Syracuse, Town of Mailius. This scenic park gives a peaceful ambiance so apt for a family picnic. There are two small lakes – Green Lake and Round Lake and both are completely blue in color. Spread over more than 1000 acres of land, the park witnesses more than 800,000 visitors every year. One can find different types of plantations like sugar maple, basswood, white cedars, etc.

    13. Dia: Beacon:

The place is known for a museum named Dia Art Foundations having art collections from the 1960s to present. Opened in the year 2003, this is among the coolest spots out of NYC. With the US visit visa, you can enjoy visiting this location with family. There are some exclusive collections of art designed by Robert Irwin, Alan Koch, Lyn Rice, Galia Solomonoff and Linda Taalman. Apart from the arts, the gallery also undertakes community free days, art talks and other such events.

The Capitol Theatre

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    14. The Capitol Theatre:

This is the most renowned theater in New York and is located at 1645 Broadway. It can occupy more than 4000 people at one time. This iconic auditorium has been a host to the world premiere of several Hollywood  movies. It is also known for The Capitol Theater Family Show which was played in 1922.

    15. Storm King Art Center:

The Storm King Art Center is also known as Storm King and is an open-air museum located in Mountain Ville, New York. It has the largest collection of outdoor sculptures and was founded by Ralph E. Ogden as a museum for Hudson River School. Some of the collections include masters from Alexander Calder, David Smith, Henry Moore, Richard Serra and other masters. The museum attracts millions of visitors, especially art lovers to explore the art.

   16. The Surf Lodge:

Built in 1967, this is the iconic lodge and sought out destination for local and international travelers. One can enjoy relaxing, wellness, sunshine and unparalleled view. The lodge is near the virgin coastline and the ultimate surf for family destination. The architects have paid attention to detail in terms of ambiance and service for guests. For the travelers, this is place offers a great experience.

The Midnight Ramble

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   17. The Midnight Ramble:

If you love music and other such acts, then visit midnight rambles where one can enjoy the best music. There are different band members who come up with new music. Moreover, you can even check out the plays which take place regularly. You can book tickets and find more information at the official site, so the individual can book tickets in advance for the event

Hudson Valley

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   18. Hudson Valley:

If you love photography, then this is the best location to go to. It witnesses a large number of visitors to enjoy sweeping rivers and majestic valleys. The location offers some amazing spots to explore and each place has its own history to explore. The traditional hospitality and view makes this place worth visiting.

  19. Capital – Saratoga:

Saratoga is a historic location and has some beautiful parks and music halls. It is the only location where a single day will feel like you’re going back to the days of yore. From National Museum of Racing to the world-class polo matches, one can enjoy the best time with family. If you’re looking for a wide range of sports adventures, then this is the right place to enjoy with family during a short trip.


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  20. Adirondacks-

Located at the foothills of Lake George, this adventurous place offers a beautiful skyline. It expansive thousands of miles of waterways provides endless adventures. It is best for kayaking, surfing, sailing and other activities. You can even engage yourself in shopping around the village. Enjoy camping at the Adirondack Coast Wine Trail and sleep under the heavenly sky. The Adirondack Museum at the Blue Mountain Lake is another attraction.

With having so many options to explore, travelers and tourist can enjoy the best time in NYC. You can get all the advice from a tour management company or visa service provider about a valid USA visit visa, which is important during the trip.

Neha Singh
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A postgraduate in Mass Communications, who loves everything about life. Traveling is extremely close to her heart and writing came to her naturally. An avid trekker & explorer, who often takes off some time from her busy life for mountaineering. She loves meeting new people & gets attached to their culture very easily. Her ambition is to explore as many places as she can in her life. She strongly believes in Gandhian principle – “simple living high thinking”.