At the end of a long work week—or smack in the middle of one—if you’re in need of a city break, the platform at Grand Central or Penn Station is always a good place to start.

Whether the trip is spontaneous or scheduled, these six destinations make for an easy car-free escape near (but not too near) New York City.

1. Southport, Connecticut | 70 minutes

2. Cold Spring, New York | 1 hour and 15 minutes

3. Amagansett, New York | 2.5 hours

4. Baltimore, Maryland | Less than 3 hours

5. Saratoga Springs, New York | 3.5 hours

6. Brookline, Massachusetts3 hours and 40 minutes

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