Our Favorite Places to Sleep Under the Stars Around Penn Station, NYC

Penn Station. At this dynamic hub of New York City and all of its action, there seems to be nothing you can’t find nearby. The events and activities don’t stop year-round, with so much to do and see. So whether you’re a visiting tourist, staying with family for a while or a curious local, read on for some of our favorite places to take pictures here around Penn Station.

Gateway National Recreation Area

For those travelers who want to get lost in a green world and habitat spanning a number of diverse islands, trails, and campsites, look no further than Gateway National Recreation Area, right here in New York’s backyard! With a number of beaches, educational areas, campsites, and access to the Belt Parkway and John F. Kennedy International Airport, this is an easy addition to any itinerary.

Norvin Green State Forest

Visitors that can make the trip a bit further out of the Penn Station area will enjoy the wide expanses of Norvin Green State Forest, a beautiful combination of forests, winding trails, lakes, streams, and views of the diverse scenes over the Tri-State area. Here, aside from camping, hiking, boating, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, animal watching, and stargazing, the highest hills also provide for a great view to end or start your day. From some of the highest hills at around 1,300 feet high, travelers can enjoy views of the New York skyline, New Jersey wilderness, and unobstructed views of the skies.

The Edge

And finally, one of Instagram’s most famed locations, The Edge! This is a jaw-dropping glass lookout over New York City’s skyline, a backdrop that is truly hard to beat and a cityscape photographer’s dream. Aside from the amazing views over the city, at this height, visitors will find themselves that much closer to the stars, a different, yet unique point to enjoy the stars over New York. This is a memorable and impressive way to mark your time in New York, suitable for both large groups and solo visitors. Come to The Edge for a different perspective of New York, high and low. 

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park occupies the tranquil yet centered setting of Roosevelt Island, providing unobstructed views of the skies over New York and of the Manhattan and Queens skyline. This is a great place to look out during the winter sunsets, where the cityscape itself, the winter constellations and setting sun can all be viewed from over the island. In addition to the parks and viewing areas, the rest of Roosevelt Island also boasts a number of compact and accessible dining and entertainment options, including outdoor recreation areas, pet-friendly trails, malls, and a lighthouse.

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