Art, North America

Storm King + Dia: Beacon (NY)

If you are seeking open space and art inspiration, a day visit to Storm King or Dia: Beacon is an excellent escape from NYC

There are a number of day trips from NYC, just a quick train, bus or drive away. If you feel the need to get some fresh air and wander around in great big open spaces with magnificent art to gaze at for some inspiration.


Take the train from Grand Central station up the Hudson Valley to Beacon. It’s way up there so plan to enjoy a full day trip or possibly a weekend if you want to enjoy some more time in this pretty part of NY.

“Dia Art Foundation is committed to advancing, realizing, and preserving the vision of artists. Dia fulfills its mission by commissioning single artist projects, organizing exhibitions, realizing site-specific installations, and collecting in-depth the work of a focused group of artists of the 1960s and 1970s.”

 Storm King Art Center

There are buses that depart regularly for Storm King from Port Authority, the trip is about an hour, and a lovely excuse to wander around outdoors and take some time with the giant sculptures that loom about the grounds.

“Widely celebrated as one of the world’s leading sculpture parks, Storm King Art Center has welcomed visitors from across the globe for over fifty years. Located only one hour north of New York City, in the lower Hudson Valley, its 500 acres of rolling hills, woodlands, and fields of native grasses and wildflowers provide the setting for a collection of more than 100 carefully sited sculptures created by some of the most acclaimed artists of our time.”

Author: Carrie Mitchell

Carrie A. Mitchell is the founder of L’Aventure Travel, the host of the Suitcase Sojourn Podcast, and author of the children’s travel book “To Be We”. Carrie is a global travel and hospitality expert who works with publications, brands and entertainment outlets on a number of travel related projects, from marketing consulting to editorial coverage to hosting & producing content for the web, TV and podcasts. She is always seeking to learn from people and places around the world, and share through her cultural exploration (40+ countries and counting)