I never used to be a huge fan of New York City.
I think it’s more of living there than anything. That’s probably more like what I wasn’t a fan of. Growing up in upstate New York, but close enough where getting to the city wasn’t hard, it never truly interested me.
In more recent years, that’s changed.
I’m still not sure how much I’d want to live there. If I did, I know the few places I wouldn’t mind being at. But one thing I’ve loved is taking a day trip or two during the year. It’s fun to catch up with friends, walk around, see things and take photos.
It really is a remarkable city.
There is so much to do. It’s the city that never sleeps. Times Square is always a thrill for me, especially at night. I love seeing some other places, like skating at Bryant Park. Or going when it’s the holiday season and seeing the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. There’s always good food, too, even if it’s just a dirty dog on the street.
The beauty of the city, in my eyes, is it’s easy for me to get to and it’s easy for me to get out of there. Even if I drive, it’s only a few hours. But when you drive, there are so many more things to worry about.
The biggest thing is I like to often make it a one-day trip. Head down early in the morning and come back later at night. If you’re driving, it makes for a long day. And if you park on the outskirts of the city, you need to get into and out of the city and watch the schedules and all that good stuff.
Who needs that when you are heading to the city for some fun and whatever else?
More recently, I’ve been taking a train whenever I go down. I drive about an hour to an hour and a half from met and grab a train. It ends up being much cheaper as you can avoid parking in the city. That’s worth the price all alone. The only bad thing is not wanting to carry much, whether when you go into the city or when you are walking around.
The days are always fun, too.
But when the day is over, I’ve already purchased my ticket when I am riding Amtrak. It’s the last train, too, as that allows me to milk the amount of time I have in the city. When it’s done, I bid my goodbyes to friends, head into New York’s Penn Station and am off to upstate. It’s usually quite peaceful on the train as there aren’t many people.
One time, I even upgraded to business class. The seats were bigger and more comfortable. And nobody was in the car with me. When we were about 10 minutes from my stop, the lady working the train even came back and lightly shook me to wake me up. Top notch.
I do take the Metro North sometimes, too. That’s not the last train as it runs pretty late. It’s also usually nosier, brighter and less comfortable. But it’s cheaper than Amtrak. And if you are with somebody else, it’s pretty nice in that regard. You can just chat it up.
So I guess it depends what you look for. I think the Amtrak deal is better because it’s more comfy. Plus, it’s closer to home in regard to driving. Therefore, I can be thankful to have a shorter drive. But it’s more expensive.
I like that last train. I’m sure I’ll do it again.
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