While only 45 miles North of downtown Manhattan, White Plains is like a whole other world, holding massive historical significance and a definitive small town vibe at its true core. If you are flying into White Plains, having a rental car ready is the most convenient way to make your way around the beautiful Westchester County.
Westchester County may be overlooked compared to the bright lights of Manhattan, but the significance of the area in American history cannot be overstated. A strategic center point during the Revolutionary War, The Battle of White Plains was fought in 1776 and General George Washington used the Jacob Purdy House as his headquarters in 1778.
The White Plains Armory and the Elijah Miller House will definitely spark the interest of history buffs. The White Plains Armory was actually the first location in New York State, where the Declaration of Independence was read back in 1776. Go on a driving tour of these sites and more and get your fill of National Historical Sites and learn even more about the historical background.
After your blast from the past, go modern and stop by the Westchester and the Galleria, massive local shopping malls that house luxury brands as well as more affordable brands. White Plains has become an ultimate shopping mecca. A day may not be enough for your inner shopaholic.
Spend time outdoors during any season in Westchester County’s excellent park system, including Memorial Park. With over 18,000 acres of parkland, walking trails, golf courses, pools, lakes, a working farm and multiple historic sites, exploring the nature of White Plains could not be easier. Adults and kids alike will love Playland during the summer, with rides for all ages and thrill levels, live concerts, special seasonal events, and delicious food.
Given White Plains proximity to New York City, a day trip into the city will give you a great taste of the Big Apple. An easy drive into Manhattan will bring you everything the city offers with restaurants, theater, museums, and the beauty of NYC.
Whether you are looking for a family friendly SUV or a luxury sedan to arrive in style, prebook your car and pick it up at Westchester Airport.