Short trips from New York City: readers’ tips

Readers share their favourite jaunts from the Big Apple, many to upstate New York, but also to New Jersey and beyond

A few hours by bus (from Penn station) or car is Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. Rugged, verdant hills and a river of gentle tranquillity hide an impressive industrial past. There’s the town named after athlete Jim Thorpe, a splendid museum in one of the great small stately homes of America (Trout Hall in Allentown), excellent food and boutique B&Bs. It’s spectacular in summer and winter, and hiking, biking and canoeing are all readily available.

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