When the noise and bustle of the city streets becomes too much, head to Grand Central Station and take the train two hours north to DIA:Beacon in the Hudson Valley. Housed in a vast former box-printing factory, it’s an airy modern art gallery that sprawls over several floors. The large permanent collection spans from the 1960s to the present, with pieces by heavyweight American artists such as Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Andy Warhol and Bruce Nauman.
Taking in the ride to and from the city, you’ll need to set aside the best part of a day. Try to visit when the sun is shining when you’ll also get to enjoy views of the Hudson River on the walk from the station.