New York City is about 230 miles north of Washington up Interstate 95. Amtrak fares start at $78 one way; low-fare buses charge about $20 each way.
570 10th Ave. at West 42nd Street
The all-white rooms, which come with transformer beds, couches and breakfast, resemble cabins on a ship or space shuttle. From $159.
19 Old Fulton St. 718-858-4300
Stand in the long line or call ahead for a take-out picnic in the Brooklyn Bridge Park. Pizza from $14.
Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory
Corner of Old Fulton and Water Street 718-246-3963
Order one, two or three scoops at this classic DUMBO ice cream spot. From $4.
180 Franklin St. 718-389-2806
Departs from seven terminals: two in Manhattan, four in Brooklyn and one in Queens. In Manhattan, the ferries land at East 35th Street at F.D.R. Drive and Pier 11 in Wall Street. The boats run year-round, from a little after 6:30 a.m. to just before 9 p.m. Frequency depends on times and days. All-day pass $12; $4 per trip.