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Tired of the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, New York? Here are four ways to experience the beauty and excitement that lie just outside the city.

New York City is a place unlike any other, and it knows it. It boasts its innumerable assets -- from its cool hideaway bars to the bright lights of Broadway -- with a proud swagger. But sometimes, this great city closes in; the lack of open vistas becomes oppressive, and cloud-skimming buildings elbow out the sun, leaving a dark, cold canyon beneath them.

Not to worry: Relief is close at hand. There’s a wide range of activities within easy reach of the city, thanks to public transportation, which is affordable and convenient. Here are four ways to breathe glorious fresh air, enjoy the natural charms of the northeastern region, and return to the city refreshed in time for a show or dinner.