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Day Trips: Tour These Historic Places in Downstate New York

To make choosing a day trip easier, we’ve created the above map of Path Through History spots across Suffolk, Nassau, Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, and Orange Counties, as well as New York City.

Let’s face it: We’re all a little stir crazy right now given the endless barrage of winter storms we’ve faced so far. But before you sink deeper into your winter cocoons, consider a few day trips to historic places acres the region.

Have you been to Gracie Mansion? The New York Botanical Garden? The Parrish Museum? Have you compared the castle-like estates of Sands Point and Lyndhurst? The New York State Department if Economic Development – the I ‘Heart’ NY folks – has labeled dozens of attractions as part of its Path Through History program, hoping to drive visitors to a host of historic and cultural centers across the state.

To make choosing a day trip easier, we’ve created the above map of Path Through History spots across Suffolk, Nassau, Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, and Orange Counties, as well as New York City.

Click through the list to see photos and descriptions of each landmark.

Enjoy your trip.
Tommy Noble February 12, 2014 at 04:36 PM
Put 'er in four-wheel drive, wrap some chains around those tires and take a freaking day trip to a winery in the snow!
Christopher Wendt February 12, 2014 at 08:12 PM
Hop aboard the LIRR and visit the Met or MOMA. You can easily spend an entire day at either of them. Another good trip in nice weather if Fort Tryon and the Cloisters, with lunch or dinner at the New Leaf Restaurant in Fort Tryon Park. Or go downtown, take a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge. Or check out Battery Park, or rent a bicycle and ride up from the Battery to the GW Bridge along the Hudson River, turn around and pedal to Central Park, drop off the bike, take the subway to Penn and the LIRR. The last one we did was the 911 Memorial, Trinity Church & Cemetery, the NYSE, the Federal Building (where Washington was sworn-in as President and where the Bill of Rights was written; cap off this trip with a meal at Fraunces Tavern.

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