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Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Village Voice GO Travel Issue is Available Now

The Travel Issue
Go! Dive into a glorious grab bag of far-flung travel & adventure options, designed to fit even the most rigid time restraints (with journeys lasting 12, 24, 48 & 72 hours total). Hit up unique, close-by destinations (utilizing the most efficient routes), including the Old Croton Aqueduct, hidden Hudson Valley trails and clandestine Catskills sites – or bustling cross-continental locales, like historic Mexico City or the uber-cool Reykjavik. Hop on the express to fun!

12 Hours at the Croton Aqueduct
Necessity is the mother of invention, and this mother of an aqueduct was sorely needed in 19th century New York. Unveiled in 1842, this beautiful behemoth brought fresh Westchester water to the thirsty denizens of Gotham, along a 41-mile long stretch of cold stone tunnels. Fans of reservoir-gazing have roamed the trail above the aqueduct for decades, as the Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park opened in 1968 to widespread delight. Don't miss the gothic Lyndhurst Mansion along the way!

12 Hours in the Hudson Valley
A day trip to the majestic Hudson Valley is the perfect antidote to the suffocating, humid summer climate of NYC. Travel via car or train, and then be ready to get your hike on. From Bear Mountain (rawr) State Park there's a "loop trail" to embark on, where you can feast your eyes on river vistas and all sorts of indigenous flora and fauna. Pop down to the town of Peekskill for local fare, and amble through Kykuit, the Rockefellar family estate manor.

24 Hours in Rhode Island
This state may be small, but it's cuisine is mighty. Ask any Foodie, and they will tell you that Rhode Island* (*not actually an island) is home to amazing eats, endemic solely to the state. The best spots include Providence's Olneyville New York System (to get your exquisitely-crafted hot dog fix), Warwick's Iggy's (for that extra-fried doughboy), Narragansett's George's of Galilee (clam fritters and clear-broth chowder), Little Compton's Commons Lunch (authentic cornmeal johnnycakes) and Warren's Delekta Pharmacy (to slurp a delicious "cabinet" – R.I. lingo for milkshake).
24 Hours in the Catskills
For arty folk in the know, the Catskills have long been home to artistes looking for inspiration in the form of a stellar views and quiet ambiance. There are destinations like the repurposed Nabisco factory Dia: Beacon (a Warhol fixture) and Storm King Art Center (with epic sculptures littered across the sprawling grounds), but there are quite a few hidden gemstones to overturn too. The famed Hudson River Art School offers a guided tour along a winding trail that just scratches the tip of the area's rich artistic pallet.

48 Hours in Montreal
Oh, Canada! Montreal is not just for Francophiles and hockey fanatics; this bountiful city boasts some of the coolest art, architecture, music (hello, jazz) and culture you can find on the continent. With historically-rich and cozy hoods like Old Montreal, Le Plateau and La Petite-Bourgogne, you'll feel whisked away to decidedly European enclaves, without the hassle of oceanic travel (you can even take a good ole' Amtrak vessel from Penn). Here are some of the magnifique metropolis's top-notch spots to enjoy, on even the most petite budget.
48 Hours in Louisville
Kentucky's grandest city is a whole lot more than bourbon, thoroughbreds and sluggers. With unique cuisines, landmark structures and imaginative entertainment, Louisvillians have a robust history of doing things their own way. Looking for subterranean action? Head to the Louisville MegaCavern, a limestone quarry turned zip line, tram & cycle path fun-o-rama. Searching for specters? Hit up the Waverly Hills Sanatorium, an allegedly paranormal hotspot. Have an unrelenting desire to walk over a raging river? Skip on over to the Big Four Bridge, and traverse right into Indiana.

72 Hours in Reykjavík
Ice, ice, baby. Crossing the Atlantic and touching down in Iceland takes roughly the same amount of time (and dollars) to get to Disneyland, but this frozen kingdom is far more magical. Reykjavík offers an otherworldly host of arctic highlights, from city-bound edifices like the colossal church Hallgrímskirkja and the post-modern, structurally implausible concert hall Harpa, to nearby natural miracles like erupting geysers, towering glaciers and snow immersed mountain ranges (found in the easy to pronounce area of Fljótshlíð).

72 Hours in Mexico City
What other capital city can you navigate to in under five hours that showcases grandiose 18th century-erected cathedrals and tiny torta shacks, side by side? Bursting with architectural wonders (Hipódromo), robust cultural institutions (Museo Nacional de Antropologia), gorgeous parks (Viveros de Coyoacán, Parque México), iconic artist abodes (Casa Azul – Frida Kahlo's home) y mucho mas, Cuidad de México has got it all. And, por favor, make sure you sip some of the world's best mezcal.   
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