- Westchester County Airport (IATA: HPN) is a few miles away in Purchase, right at the border of Greenwich, Connecticut.
- Metro North commuter train from Grand Central and 125th St. in New York City and other points south, or from Brewster, Wassaic, and other points north on the Harlem line. (See for maps, schedules, and fare information.)
White Plains has several major highways passing though it.
Interstate 287, which connects to the Tappan-Zee bridge to the west, and Interstate 95 in the east, has several exits which can drop you in many different parts of White Plains. It is frequently congested due to ongoing construction.
Without traffic, one can make it to Manhattan in 30 minutes.
Take the train from or to Manhattan. Buses connect White Plains with Stamford and locations throughout Westchester. Taxi cabs are available at the train station and by appointment elsewhere in the City. For train and bus schedule information see www.mta.info.
As for tourist attractions, White Plains has several locations listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It also does well-run Saint Paddy's Day parade and New Year's Celebrations. The Library is top notch. Liberty Park is also worth a visit.
- Elijah Miller House, North White Plains. The Elijah Miller House is a historic home in North White Plains, New York. The house is an 18th century Rhode Island-style farmhouse that was used during the Revolutionary War by General George Washington as a headquarters command post during the Battle of White Plains. The house, which is now a museum, was home to the average Colonial Westchester Ann and Elijah Miller family and contains many artifacts for public viewing.
- White Plains Armory. 1910 - Erected on the site of the first Westchester County Courthouse. A monument in front of the building commemorates the first public reading in New York of the Declaration of Independence, on July 11, 1776.
- White Plains Rural Cemetery. Incorporated in 1854, although in use as a cemetery from 1797. The cemetery office occupies the structure that was the first Methodist Church in White Plains (1795, rebuilt in 1797 after a fire on the day of its original dedication).
- Percy Grainger Home and Studio. Occupied by the composer from 1921 until his death in 1961, and by his widow, Ella Ström-Brandelius, until her death in 1979. It is now maintained as a museum by the International Percy Grainger Society.
- In addition to the above:. The Bar Building, Good Counsel Complex, Leo Friedlander Studio, Mapleton, Peoples National Bank and Trust Company Building, Presbyterian Rest for Convalescents, Soundview Manor, and Woman's Club of White Plains are also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
There are a number of malls in White Plains, including the upscale Westchester Mall, as well as the Galleria and White Plains Mall. A popular place to go in White Plains is the Metro North station, which can deposit a traveler into the heart of Manhattan via express train within 35 minutes. If you find yourself in White Plains for any prolonged period, you may want to take advantage of this option.
There are many places for entertainment in White Plains. Niche.com gave White Plains an A+ rating in its "Things To Do" category. The city often holds free movies and concerts (small band performances), especially during the summer. During the summer, there is also a farmers market located down the block from city center. City Center is a large complex with shopping and a large movie theater.
- Maple Moor Golf Couse, 1128 North St, ☎ +1 914 995-9200. Maple Moor named for the abundance of maple trees on the land. This property was originally part of the Griffen family farm. Howard J. Griffen settled the farm in 1879 and built on it a cider mill and four-story barn. Griffen’s son later became mayor of White Plains. The course was designed by Tom Winton. When acquired by the Westchester County Parks Commission in 1925, there was already a 9-hole golf course on the property. By the end of 1927, all 18 holes were unveiled to the public.
Maple Moor also has practice greens and a catering facility in the clubhouse.
- Saxon Woods Park, 1800 Mamaroneck Ave, ☎ +1 914 995-4480. Saxon Woods Park is a 700-acre property offering a variety of recreational facilities including trails, a standard and miniature golf course, an 18-hole golf course as well as a miniature golf course, the county’s largest swimming pool, a children’s aquatic playground and picnic areas. It is also the site of the county’s only playground that is accessible to the disabled. In colonial times, the park area was called Saxton Forest, after William Saxton, who operated a saw mill on the western branch of the Mamaroneck River. Local usage changed the name to Saxon Woods. The park contains a trail system that connects the southern section to the upland wooded northern part of the park, characterized by mature hardwood forests. The trails are very popular with hikers, cross country skiers and horseback riders. The entire system extends along the Hutchinson River Parkway to Twin Lakes Park and north to Maple Moor Golf Course. It also links to the Leatherstocking Trail and Colonial Greenway and contains archeologically sensitive areas.
Although there are little to no native products to White Plains, most major retailers are located in Town. Departments stores abound and shoppers have a wide array of choices from upscale stores in The Westchester Mall to 99 cent stores located downtown.
White Plains has all of the major chains represented here. So you can choose between Legal Seafood, PF Chang's, The Cheesecake Factory and Applebee's in case you haven't eaten at one of them in another typical Edge City. There is a large number of local Italian restaurants of varying quality along with the standard Greek diners and ubiquitous middling Chinese fare. For high end Italian try Mulinos. The Indian restaurant on East Post Rd. just received an excellent in the NY Times review. For affordable fare stick with one of the several diners. Many of the restaurants have had formal write ups in the times which can be Googled. The Old White Plains Mall has an Asian supermarket with prepared Chinese and Japanese food at a reasonable price and of course Whole Foods has quality prepared foods as well.
In addition, there are a variety or restaurants spanning down Mamaroneck Ave with any food anyone could desire. Including upscale restaurants to quick fast food.
There is a cluster of bars on Mamaroneck Ave between Maple and Main St. which is the center of White Plains nightlife. If the Irish Pubs in this vicinity do not quite suit the bill there is another small cluster of bars down East Post Road as you head to South Broadway.
- Crowne Plaza White Plains Hotel. A full service hotel in downtown White Plains near Westchester Mall. Meeting facilities perfect for business functions, weddings, receptions, bar mitzphas, and more.
- Hampton Inn White Plains/Tarrytown, 200 Tarrytown Rd, ☎ +1 914-592-5680. Conveniently located on 119 (near routes 87 and 287). Meeting rooms available to accommodate your corporate meetings. Group rates offered.
- Renaissance Westchester Hotel, 80 West Red Oak Ln, ☎ +1 914 694-5400, toll-free: +1-800-891-2696, fax: +1 914 694-5616.
- Residence Inn White Plains Westchester County, 5 Barker Ave, ☎ +1 914 761-7700, fax: +1 914 761-0136.
- Doral Arrowwood, 975 Anderson Hill Road Rye Brook, ☎ +1 914-939-5500. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon. Nestled amid 114 wooded acres in Rye Brook village in Westchester County.
- Ritz-Carlton Westchester, 3 Renaissance Square (right dowtown, tallest building), ☎ +1 419-946-5500. Check-in: 3, check-out: 12. Simply the best hotel in Westchester. Check online for best rates! $200+.
According to a 2015 Niche.com article, White Plains ranks as the best town to live in New York and the 13th best place to live in the entire United States. White Plains is the center of the county and is convenient to New York City. An express train takes less than thirty minutes to Midtown Manhattan. The bus can be taken into the Bronx (try the Zoo, Botanical Gardens or Arthur Avenue). Westchester County Airport is ten minutes away.
|Routes through White Plains|
|Parsippany ← Elmsford ←||W E||→ West Harrison → Rye|
|New Haven ← Purchase ←||N S||→ Scarsdale → New York City|
|END ←||N S||→ Harrison → Mamaroneck|
|Amenia ← Pleasantville ←||N S||→ Scarsdale → New York City|