Easy and Local: October Break Destinations

With the first midterm season coming to an end, there’s nothing you’d rather do than enjoy your October Break and leave Yale for a few days. For those whose homes are far away, don’t fear! You can get away from campus even if you’re not planning on going home for the break. Here are five local destinations you can visit by train or bus.

1. New York City

Travel time

Train: approx. 1.5 hours

Bus: approx. 2.5 hours



Let your inner hipster out while shopping the streets of Soho and admiring the area’s wall art! You can easily spend an entire day exploring Soho and you’ll be sure to get some insta-worthy pictures.

Central Park

Spend the day biking while admiring the city’s skyline or channeling your inner Blair Waldorf while strolling around the park!


Stop by the Museum of Modern Art to see art by iconic artists, such as Andy Warhol, Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo and Picasso!


NYC is known for its many “foodie” spots: from unusual forms of ice cream to sushi burritos, it’s difficult not to come across some delicious food creation.

Black Tap Craft Burgers and Beer


Levain Bakery


Whether from the top of the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Tower, Brooklyn Bridge, or the High Line, New York City is filled with stunning views that are hard to match elsewhere.

2. Providence, Rhode Island

Travel time

Train: approx. 1.5 hours

Bus: approx. 3 hours


Roger Williams Park Botanical Center

Spend some time meditating in the beautiful botanical center! It’s a great place for anyone looking for some relaxing scenery.

Downtown Providence

Spend the day shopping in Downtown Providence while admiring the city!

3. Boston, Massachusetts

Travel Time

Train: approx. 2.5 hours

Bus: approx. 3.5 hours


Newbury Street

Newbury street is filled with cute boutiques and dining, and can also be a great place to admire Boston’s architecture.

Quincy Market

Quincy Market is a great place where you can grab lunch, buy souvenirs, or listen to street performers! With hundreds of different shops within the market, there’s something for everyone.

Boston Common

Boston Common is a historic park that is great for a picnic lunch or to simply admire the view and relax.

4. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Travel Time

Train: approx. 3 hours

Bus: approx. 5 hours


Reading Terminal Market

Buy some flowers or baked goods while you explore one of America’s oldest food markets! This indoor market is an alternative to the outdoor markets we’re used to in New Haven.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has a wide variety in its artwork, from Monet and Van Gogh to or spend the day sitting on the museum’s magnificent steps.

Schuylkill River

You can spend your day biking or strolling around the river with a view. There’s no better way to take a break from campus than near nature!

Independence Hall

If your looking to explore the historic areas of the east coast, definitely check out Independence Hall – and don’t forget to snap a pic with the liberty bell!

5. Washington, D.C.

Travel Time

Train: approx. 5.5 hours

Plane: approx. 3 hours (including layover)


Washington Monument

The Washington Monument can be admired from many points in D.C. and is the perfect place to unwind while taking in some of America’s history.

National Gallery of Art

You don’t need to be an Art History major to appreciate the Da Vinci, Monet, and Van Gogh paintings in the museum – and if you’re not into the historic art, the gallery has modern art too!

The White House

You can’t go to Washington D.C. and not stop by the White House!



Wherever you decide to spend it, make sure to relax and enjoy your time off! Happy fall break!