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The 18 best weekend getaways from new york city.

From picturesque beaches to dreamy mountain retreats, these weekend getaways are the perfect change of scenery.

18 Best Weekend Getaways From NYC

Early morning clouds light up in pink and magenta against a blue sky at the Fire Island Lighthouse, Kismet, Long Island

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Fire Island, a weekend getaway about a three-hour drive east of Manhattan, offers sailing, clamming, bird-watching and more.

New York City has been described in many ways, but "relaxing" isn't typically one of them. When you need a break from the hustle and bustle, relieve some stress by packing a bag and getting out of the city for a few days.

To help you pick the right destination for your much-needed escape, U.S. News evaluated expert and traveler opinion to find the best weekend getaways from New York City. Whether you're planning a romantic weekend trip , a fun-filled family escape or some time with friends , these getaways have everything you need for a memorable trip.

Best Weekend Getaways From New York City

About two hours or less:

The Poconos, Pennsylvania

Beacon, new york, philadelphia, north fork, new york.

About three hours or less:

Fire Island, New York

The hamptons, new york, the catskills, new york, cape may, new jersey, mystic, connecticut.

About four hours or less:

The Berkshires, Massachusetts

Shelter island, new york, newport, rhode island, lake george, new york.

About five hours or less:

Saranac Lake, New York

Washington, d.c., the finger lakes, new york.

A quick flight:

Niagara Falls, New York and Ontario

Two hours or less.

Sunset in the Appalachian Mountains over the small American town Jackson Township, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, Poconos region

This stunning mountain range in northeastern Pennsylvania (about 100 miles northwest of New York City) has appealed to travelers for generations. Perfect for both families and couples, the Poconos offer everything from whitewater rafting tours to fascinating museums and manicured golf courses. If the kids are in tow, let them burn off their excess energy at a water park . Meanwhile, thrill-seekers will be right at home at one of the region's adventure parks, which feature aerial obstacle courses and an all-season tubing hill, and nature lovers will enjoy ample hiking and horseback riding opportunities. Plus, with several romantic restaurants and resorts , the Poconos area has distinguished itself as a premier honeymoon destination for lovebirds. Book your stay at The Lodge at Woodloch for a wellness-centered vacation complete with yoga and art classes, mindfulness experiences, and an adults-only spa.

[See more of the Poconos: Best Things to Do | Hotels ]

Bannerman's Castle on island in Hudson River in Fishkill, New York

Located in New York's Hudson Valley, around 60 miles north of Manhattan, Beacon has transformed in the past two decades from a sleepy industrial town to a thriving arts community, making it the getaway of choice for relaxation-seeking city dwellers. Here, visitors can spend weekends (or a daytrip) perusing vintage shops and flea markets, kayaking along the Hudson River, and exploring Beacon's scenic hiking trails.

The first stop on your itinerary should be Dia Beacon, a renowned contemporary art museum housed in a former Nabisco box-printing factory. One of the largest contemporary art galleries in the country, Dia's robust collection of work spans from the 1960s to the present. From here, take a stroll down Main Street. Lined with doughnut shops, cafes and art galleries, Beacon's main drag features hidden gems such as Hudson Beach Glass and the Towne Crier Cafe, a popular restaurant and live music venue. While there is plenty to do and see in Beacon, you can't leave without touring the ruins of Bannerman Castle. Situated on Pollepel Island and reachable by boat from late April to October, this Scottish-style castle was once a storage site for surplus military equipment and ammunition.

Not only is this quiet refuge less than two hours by car from Manhattan, but travelers can easily hop on the train to reach this destination as well: Take the Metro-North Railroad from New York City to Beacon for less than $50 round trip. There are also plenty of accommodation options to choose from, ranging from cozy bed-and-breakfasts to unique digs like The Roundhouse, an abandoned factory complex-turned-stylish boutique hotel.

Philadelphia buildings around Philadelphia City Hall

Ditch the Big Apple and head about 95 miles southwest to the City of Brotherly Love. Known best for being the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence, Philadelphia is an ideal weekend getaway for families and history buffs. Brush up on your founding fathers trivia on a walking tour of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center before strolling through Rittenhouse Square Park. From there, set your sights on the city's must-see museums: The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Foundation and The Franklin Institute are all good places to explore.

Philadelphia is also notorious for its substantial culinary prowess . Sure, the cheesesteaks are a must-try – stop in a shop like Dalessandro's Steaks & Hoagies to see for yourself what all the hype is about – but this city has a diverse food scene. If you have time to spare, check out the lengthy list of vendors in Reading Terminal Market, where you can sample everything from Dutch to Thai to Cajun fare.

With limited parking available in the city, it's best to stick with public transportation. New York City travelers can ride the Amtrak from Moynihan Train Hall to the William H. Gray III 30th Street Station in less than two hours. Once here, opt for lodging in Center City, where you'll find an array of coffee shops, posh restaurants and historic sites within walking distance of your hotel . Travelers particularly favor The Rittenhouse for its elegant accommodations and first-rate service.

[See more of Philadelphia: Best Things to Do ]

Seascape with Orient Point Lighthouse in Long Island, New York

Long Island's northeastern peninsula, known as the North Fork, fits the bill for your next weekend trip if you like tranquil seaside villages and laid-back itineraries. Located about 80 miles east of Manhattan and directly north of the illustrious Hamptons, this quiet refuge is characterized by its wineries, beaches and friendly atmosphere. Not only is this short jaunt from the city an excellent place for a couples trips in New York state , but families will also find a plethora of exciting activities here as well.

To get here, catch the Long Island Rail Road commuter train from Penn Station to Greenport. When you arrive, make a beeline for the beach – Orient Beach State Park occupies a prime section of real estate along Gardiner's Bay and is a perfect place for kayaking, swimming and sunbathing. Meanwhile, wine aficionados can spend the afternoon at Macari Vineyards or Sparkling Pointe Vineyards and Winery while families hit up the Splish Splash water park. At the end of the day, unwind at the lovely Harborfront Inn at Greenport.

[Read: The Top Things to Do in Long Island .]

Three hours or less

Fire Island Lighthouse at sunset

This secluded barrier island off the southern shore of Long Island is about 65 miles east of Manhattan and a popular getaway for New Yorkers – for good reason. Travelers will find an unspoiled island free of high-rise buildings and the vexing sounds of traffic, all within a few hours of the city. In fact, Fire Island is a car-free environment, making it the ideal choice for city dwellers in need of a short weekend escape. Here, visitors can enjoy activities like sailing, biking, clamming and bird-watching. Just keep in mind that Memorial Day to Labor Day is considered the busy season, so schedule your vacation outside of these dates if you want to avoid crowds.

Because you can't drive onto the island, the best way to get here is by taking the Long Island Rail Road to Sayville, Patchogue or Bayshore. These destinations have marinas that offer ferry service to and from Fire Island for a fee. When it comes to lodging, Fire Island's options are mostly small inns and hotels, but they fill up quickly, so book in advance to ensure you'll have accommodations. If you'd rather rough it, campgrounds are available within the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness, at Smith Point County Park and at Watch Hill. Keep in mind, backcountry camping permits and daily campsite fees (typically starting at $25 per day) may be required for select areas.

East Hampton beach and lifeguard chair

Arriving in the Hamptons, it's easy to see why this seaside destination on eastern Long Island's South Fork has established such a name for itself. White sand beaches, untouched nature preserves and plenty of bars serving up frozen cocktails are just a few of the alluring images that may come to mind when you imagine an escape to the Hamptons. Luckily for New Yorkers, this little slice of heaven sits less than 100 miles east of Manhattan, making it easily accessible for weekend getaways and daytrips .

Lay down your towel on East Hampton's Main Beach or Southampton's Coopers Beach, then cast a fishing line from the shore of Montauk Point State Park. For a dose of culture, check out the Hamptons' illustrious art scene: The Parrish Art Museum and the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center (open seasonally) are two of the area's most prominent museums. When it's time to turn in for the night, save some coin by choosing a hotel in nearby Riverhead or by camping on the beach.

Kaaterskill Waterfall in upstate New York

For nature lovers, this mountain range in southeastern New York is the perfect place to reconnect with the great outdoors. Home of the famous 1969 Woodstock music festival, the Catskills have been inspiring travelers for decades. Spend the weekend hiking the region's popular trails (the Kaaterskill Falls trail features the tallest waterfall in New York state), or get out on Alder Lake in a kayak. In winter, head here to see Hunter Mountain blanketed in snow and to take advantage of top-notch skiing and tubing opportunities.

In addition to outdoor activities such as hiking, fly-fishing, biking and zip lining, the Catskills are a haven for artists. Follow the Hudson River School Art Trail to witness firsthand the vistas that inspired artists like Thomas Cole. Meanwhile, music lovers and history buffs won't want to miss a visit to The Museum at Bethel Woods, a museum showcasing artifacts and stories from Woodstock. Before calling it a night at one of the region's fabulous hotels or resorts , stop by a microbrewery for a flight.

[Read:  The Top New York Ski Resorts .]

Lighthouse at Cape May, New Jersey

Those looking for a relaxing weekend should consider Cape May, a top romantic getaway destination in New Jersey . Located roughly 160 miles south of New York City, this enchanting East Coast town is beloved for its beautiful beaches, striking Victorian homes and laid-back atmosphere. After soaking up some rays at the beach (the Cove Beach is a traveler favorite), hit up the retailers at Washington Street Mall. Filled with small boutiques, ice cream shops and bookstores, this outdoor mall spans three blocks and is perfect for easygoing strolls.

Other can't-miss activities in Cape May include climbing the Cape May Lighthouse, watching the sun go down at Sunset Beach, embarking on a sightseeing cruise and taking a guided tour of the Emlen Physick Estate – Cape May's only Victorian-era house museum. Cape May offers a plethora of lodging options for weekend trips ranging from quaint B&Bs to hotels set in ornate Victorian mansions. Book a room in historic Congress Hall or The Southern Mansion for charming guest rooms and convenient amenities.

Boats in Mystic, Connecticut

The quintessential New England town of Mystic is situated around 130 miles northeast of New York City and considered one of the top things to do in Connecticut . This seaside village has everything you'd want from a weekend getaway: museums, galleries, delicious eateries and historic landmarks. Head to Williams Beach Park for a quiet day by the water, then stroll through Mystic's historic downtown. Colonial-era sea captain's homes line the streets here, and there are countless places to dine and shop.

Families will also love the Mystic Aquarium for its educational exhibits and interactive habitats. Meanwhile, the Mystic Seaport Museum is a maritime museum that offers several activities for kids, including hands-on exhibits and a zoo garden. Just don't leave without snapping a photo of the iconic Mystic River Bascule Bridge, a 1922 drawbridge that connects the Groton and Stonington sides of Mystic. When you're ready to retire for the evening, Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa receives rave reviews for its comfortable rooms and ample business amenities.

Four hours or less

Autumn foliage in the Berkshires region of Massachusetts

This rural region in western Massachusetts (about 150 miles north of Manhattan) has all the makings of a fairytale getaway with plenty of things to do . Picturesque mountain ranges, winding roads and idyllic towns are synonymous with the Berkshires, making this destination the perfect place to escape the hubbub of New York City. Bring your partner along to enjoy a romantic weekend filled with antique shopping, museum tours and scenic car rides through the region's lush countryside.

For breathtaking mountain panoramas, strap on your hiking boots and head to the summit of Mount Greylock, the highest point in Massachusetts. Meanwhile, culture hounds won't want to miss a chance to tour the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and The Clark Art Institute. In summer, catch a dance performance at the prestigious Jacob's Pillow or listen to live music on the lawn of Tanglewood, an extravagant music venue and summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Accommodations in the Berkshires run the gamut from B&Bs to luxurious hotels and resorts. Many past travelers say Canyon Ranch Lenox , while pricey, is worth the splurge for its wellness-focused amenities and indulgent spa treatments.

Sign at Shelter Island, New York

Only accessible by ferry, this hidden oasis between New York's North Fork and South Fork is perfect for a quick weekend escape from the city. You won't find rowdy nightlife or luxurious accommodations here, but that only adds to its appeal. In fact, nearly a third of the island is made up of the Mashomack Preserve, a protected habitat with 11 miles of coastline and more than 2,350 acres of tidal creeks, freshwater marshes, fields and woodlands. The preserve is also a major hub for bird-watching: More than 200 species of birds call this area home, although it is specifically known for its large population of nesting osprey.

Elsewhere on the island, visitors can lounge on Wades Beach, a family-friendly stretch of sand featuring lifeguards and a comfort station, or enjoy water sports at Shell Beach. Shelter Island is a premier spot for kayaking: The seasonally open Kayak Shelter Island offers single and double kayaks, along with paddleboard rentals. While the island has golf courses, boutique shopping and courts for petanque (a French game similar to bocce ball), undoubtedly the best thing to do here is nothing at all.

To get here, start by taking the Long Island Rail Road commuter train to Greenport, then board the North Ferry to Shelter Island. Alternatively, you can get here by driving to Sag Harbor and then loading your car onto the South Ferry. For lodging, Shelter Island offers a handful of small hotels, vacation rentals and B&Bs.

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Lighthouse in front of bridge at sunset in Newport, Rhode Island

If sandy toes and lobster rolls are calling your name, look no further than Newport, Rhode Island – one of the best spots for a weekend getaway in New England . This port town, located on the southern tip of Aquidneck Island and about 180 miles northeast of New York, is famous for its miles of pristine shoreline, upscale boutiques and ornate Gilded Age mansions, which you can ogle on a trolley tour . It is also lauded as one of the world's premier sailing destinations.

While here, gain your sea legs aboard a boat tour of Newport Harbor, or get your steps in on part of the Cliff Walk, a scenic 3.5-mile pathway that runs along Newport's eastern shore. Then, engage in some well-deserved retail therapy along Thames Street, which is lined with a plethora of shops and restaurants. Of course, you can't leave without touring The Breakers, Newport's iconic Renaissance-style "summer cottage," which is one of the top things to do in Rhode Island . When it's time to bed down, check out one of Newport's many lavish accommodations, such as The Vanderbilt and The Chanler at Cliff Walk .

[See more of Newport: Best Things to Do | Hotels ]

Lake George in New York during sunset on a cool spring day

Situated in New York's Adirondacks region, roughly 200 miles north of Manhattan, Lake George is filled with fun activities the whole family can enjoy. Sink your toes in the sand at Lake George Beach, also known as the Million Dollar Beach: a kid-friendly stretch of sand complete with lifeguards and concession stands. Then, work up a sweat hiking Prospect Mountain and Shelving Rock Falls. For more of a thrill, check out Lake George's parasailing, whitewater rafting and zip lining courses.

If you're simply looking to kick your feet up on your weekend getaway, rent a pontoon boat and spend the day floating around Lake George. The region is also home to restaurants, the Adirondack Winery outpost in Lake George and several museums, including The Hyde Collection and the Fort William Henry Museum. After an eventful day of lake activities, head back to your plush accommodations at The Sagamore Resort to unwind.

[See more of the Adirondacks: Best Things to Do | Hotels ]

Five hours or less

Saranac Lake in New York

This quiet village in upstate New York (around 300 miles north of New York City) is less crowded than the popular Lake Placid, making Saranac Lake an excellent choice for a weekend getaway from the city. Take advantage of this stunning lake by getting out on the water in a canoe or kayak, then get your heart pumping on the 3.7-mile Bloomingdale Bog Trail. For an extra dose of history, the Saranac Laboratory Museum showcases Saranac's interesting past as a tuberculosis treatment destination. Downtown, you'll also find a variety of shops, restaurants and art galleries to keep you occupied for hours, plus little ones will enjoy the Adirondack Carousel, which runs Friday through Sunday.

Saranac Lake is also a popular winter destination thanks to its plethora of outdoor sports (think: snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and ice fishing) and traditional winter activities such as the annual Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, which takes place every February. The event also features a fireworks display and multiple parades. When it comes to lodging, visitors will mostly find cozy cabins and B&Bs here, but a handful of luxury hotels are available as well. For the ultimate in comfort, book your stay at Hotel Saranac, a historic property with modern amenities.

Pink skies over the Tidal Basin and Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., while the yoshino cherry trees are in full bloom

Famous for its slew of historic landmarks, monuments and museums (many of which are free to enter), Washington, D.C., has long appealed to historians and politicos. However, there's more to the nation's capital than meets the eye. With more than 20 neighborhoods to explore and innumerable things to do , Washington is a treasure chest waiting to be unlocked. Find killer nightlife and impeccable dining in the Shaw and U Street area, upscale shopping in Georgetown, charming 19th-century row houses in Dupont Circle, and a bevy of historic attractions on Capitol Hill.

If you're only visiting for the weekend, expect an action-packed schedule. Start by hitting up one of the city's first-rate museums: The National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of African American History and Culture, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the National Gallery of Art are a few traveler favorites. Then, take a stroll along the Tidal Basin (you can also get out on the water by renting a paddleboat) or relax on the lawn of the National Mall. Here, you'll have easy access to attractions like the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and its Reflecting Pool, the White House, and the U.S. Capitol. Note, though, that while many of D.C.'s attractions are free, some museums may require timed-entry passes to be reserved ahead of time, so plan as far in advance as possible.

Located roughly 225 miles southwest of NYC, Washington is an easy drive by car or bus. However, the best way to get here is by train. Take Amtrak's high-speed Acela or Northeast Regional train to Union Station and shed up to 90 minutes off your travel time. Plus, because Washington frequently plays host to celebrities, politicians and business tycoons, there are plenty of top-notch accommodations to choose from once you arrive. For a luxurious stay, book a room at The Jefferson , a sophisticated property with European flair plus a restaurant and a cocktail bar on-site. An added bonus? The Jefferson is located only a mile away from the National Mall, so you'll be right where the action is.

[Read: The Best Washington, D.C., Tours .]

Boston buildings in the evening

Bordering Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay, New England's largest city sits 215 miles northeast of New York City; travelers can opt to travel here by car, bus or train. Whether you're drawn here by the cobblestone streets, the historic landmarks or the city's strong baseball roots (a visit to Fenway Park for a game or behind-the-scenes tour can't be missed), Boston has all the ingredients you need for a memorable weekend getaway – just remember to pack your walking shoes .

After you've successfully trekked the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail (or hop-on, hop-off bus tour) to some of Boston's most famed attractions – including the Paul Revere House, Old North Church and Faneuil Hall Marketplace – find a shady spot to rest in Boston Common or the Boston Public Garden. For a dose of culture, check out the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, which features landscaped gardens and an extensive collection of European, Asian and American art. When you've tired yourself out from a day of sightseeing, hang up your coat in one of Boston's premier hotels . Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street, Boston and the Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf are two of the city's top properties, both offering a lengthy list of amenities and plush accommodations.

[Read:  The Top Boston Harbor Cruises .]

Sunset over Canadice Lake in New York

New York's Finger Lakes – a collection of 11 lakes that includes the popular shorelines of Seneca Lake, Skaneateles Lake and Cayuga Lake – are revered for their spectacular water sports opportunities, scenic state parks and top-notch wine. As one of the chief wine regions in the country and the largest wine-producing area in the state of New York, the Finger Lakes region has earned its reputation as a top destination for romantic weekend getaways.

For short stays in the Finger Lakes, following the Seneca Lake Wine Trail is the best way to see a lot of local wineries in a little amount of time. With nearly 30 wineries and several restaurants set along the route, the trail is perfect for leisurely car rides in the countryside (just be sure to assign a designated driver ahead of time). Opt for a refreshing riesling, the region's signature wine, or expand your palate on a tasting tour.

Meanwhile, nature lovers should head to Robert H. Treman State Park or Watkins Glen State Park for a chance to see breathtaking waterfalls. If you're looking for a small-town atmosphere with local shops and museums, you can't go wrong with Skaneateles Lake. Here, you'll also find a variety of charming B&Bs and inns like the Mirbeau Inn & Spa , a traveler favorite. Other top lodging options in the Finger Lakes region include the Inns of Aurora and The Statler Hotel at Cornell University , both of which offer easy access to Cayuga Lake.

A quick flight

Niagara Falls in daylight

If you're willing to hop on a short flight (or take a bus tour), you can enjoy a weekend marveling at one of the most beautiful and impressive natural wonders of the world: Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls is less than a two-hour flight from New York City – and, while this powerful waterfall is sure to take your breath away, it isn't the only reason to plan a weekend getaway to the area. With beautiful botanical gardens, wineries and casinos, this famous tourist town has everything you need for a fun-filled weekend away. Take advantage of both the American and Canadian sides of the Niagara River by bringing your passport with you.

For a classic Niagara Falls experience, don a poncho and board the Maid of the Mist boat tour. This famed attraction is one of the best ways to see the falls up close, but it's impossible to guarantee you won't get wet. If you'd rather view the falls from a drier and less crowded vantage point, head to the observation deck of the Skylon Tower. Thrill-seekers can also experience the falls on Journey Behind the Falls, which takes participants directly behind the thunderous waterfall, or on an exhilarating jet boat tour. When it's time to turn in, visitors on the American side of the falls can book their stay at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino , while Ontario-based guests spend a cozy night in the well-appointed Harbour House Hotel .

[See more of Niagara Falls: Best Things to Do | Hotels ]

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16 Top-Rated Weekend Getaways from New York City

Written by Shandley McMurray Updated Jun 23, 2023 We may earn a commission from affiliate links ( )

The Big Apple is one of the best places to visit in the United States . Overflowing with iconic sights and things to do, New York attracts millions of vacationers. Sometimes, though, the concrete jungle can get to be a bit much – all that noise and hustle and bustle can become draining – causing people to search for a relaxing weekend getaway from New York City.

Luckily, the city that never sleeps is surrounded by picturesque areas offering a more laid-back, natural feel – we're talking soft, sandy beaches; mountain vistas; majestic state parks, and sparkling lakes – that make it easy to decompress.

Whether you choose to take a bus, train, or drive your own car, most of these gorgeous spots are within easy reach of New York City.

Decide which place to visit first with our list of the top weekend getaways from New York City.

1. The Hamptons, New York

2. hudson, new york, 3. philadelphia, pennsylvania, 4. harriman state park, new york, 5. the catskills, new york, 6. beacon, new york, 7. mohonk mountain house-new paltz, new york, 8. cape may, new jersey, 9. mystic, connecticut, 10. hunter, new york, 11. sleepy hollow, new york, 12. princeton, new jersey, 13. ocean city, new jersey, 14. washington, connecticut, 15. the finger lakes, new york, 16. newport, rhode island, map of weekend getaways from new york city.

Montauk lighthouse

The southern tip of Long Island has a lengthy history as a favorite vacation spot for those wanting to escape the Big Apple and get some quality beach time. This is also a hot spot for celebs looking to improve their tans and chase their kids on the soft sand. This glitzy area offers countless activities in quaint villages, which make up what is known as The Hamptons.

Each hamlet has its own unique personality (and price tag), including Bridgehampton , Montauk , Sag Harbor , Amagansett , and Sagaponack . From quiet retreats and artsy enclaves to mini versions of a social scene of Manhattan on the Beach , the Hamptons offer something for everyone.

During the busy summer season be prepared for what can be crippling traffic that can turn the short distance into a three-hour drive (or more), especially if you choose to commute from the city on a Friday. However, few will argue that it's not worth the effort.

Aerial of the Hamptons

Those with deep pockets can hire a helicopter service to transport them straight to the Hamptons in anywhere from 25 to 65 minutes. Other options include taking a bus or driving yourself. No matter how you choose to get there, a sandy paradise awaits, immediately transporting visitors from the manic pace of New York City.

While in the region, be sure to stop by a local seafood shack like the Dock House in Sag Harbor, where you can catch sweeping views of the marina while eating some fresh, local catch, a specialty in the Hamptons. Miles of beaches invite visitors for long walks, swimming, sand-castle building, and boogie boarding.

There is an array of fabulous resorts and beach hotels to consider but be sure to book early as they fill up months (sometimes even a year) in advance. Or, do as the wealthy do and rent a vacation home. Many cost over $200,000 for the summer season, which usually runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Kaaterskill Falls near Hudson

Located on the east side of the Hudson River, Hudson, NY is about a 2.5-hour drive from the city. Visitors might be surprised to hear that Hudson was a former whaling port with ties to Nantucket in the 1800s. The town is filled with 19th-century charm and gorgeous historic buildings.

Hudson is also known for its up-and-coming culinary scene, complete with notable New York chefs. You'll want to arrive hungry! Take some time to stroll the streets, which are peppered with antique stores, one-of-a-kind shops, and art galleries like Art House Hudson or the Carrie Haddad Gallery . Make sure to get in some hiking at one of the scenic trails nearby.

Just a short distance from the Amtrak station, The Wick, Hudson, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel is housed in a repurposed candle factory. Guests can rely on modern amenities while absorbing the unique character of this trendy boutique property.

The Hudson Valley is filled with glamorous resorts that make the most of their scenic locale. Take time to research them all to find one that's perfect for you. Even if it's not in Hudson, you'll find plenty to do.

Read More: Top-Rated Things to Do in Hudson, NY

Independence Hall in Philadelphia

Despite being one of the largest cities in this country, Philadelphia can feel like a small town, especially if you wander through some of its older neighborhoods, like Old City or Northern Liberties. If you are a history buff, Philadelphia is a wonderful weekend getaway from New York City. Stop by the Reading Terminal Market , the oldest public market, and grab a bite to eat. Their Pennsylvania Dutch pretzels are legendary as is the ice cream at Bassetts.

After you've refueled, visit Elfreth's Alley to see the oldest street in America or stop by and ogle a copy of the Constitution, as well as more of our nation's history at the National Constitution Center . Art lovers should make sure to visit the Magic Garden , a wonderful environment of mosaic creativity. The Philadelphia Zoo is also a must-see, especially for those traveling with kids.

No trip to Philly is complete without enjoying one of their world-famous cheesesteaks. Although there are hundreds to choose from, most tourists go for Geno's or Pat's located across the street from one another in South Philadelphia.

The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia

The easiest way to beat the traffic on your way to Philadelphia from New York is by Amtrak. They offer a high-speed Acela train, as well as the standard Northeast Corridor Line, and depending on which you take, you can make it from point to point in about an hour and a half.

Looking for a sense of place during your Philadelphia stay? The eco-friendly Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia has incorporated local décor and artwork into its centrally located property. This Art Deco gem is part of the Kimpton brand and has a wonderful on-site restaurant featuring the best of local ingredients on the menu. If the spirit moves you, take advantage of their loaner bikes to spin around this neighborhood, with a stop in one of the many green spaces for which the city is well known.

Not sure how to get from New York City to Philadelphia ? There are plenty of options, including a train, plane, bus, or car. Philadelphia is 95 miles from NYC.

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Lake Sebago, Harriman State Park

A trip to Harriman State Park is a must for those looking to escape the city's rat race in favor of immersing themselves in the glory of mother nature. Worthy of more than a day trip from New York City , the park has 200 miles of hiking trails, beaches, camping areas, lakes, and a seemingly endless array of wildlife, offering the perfect respite from busy city life.

Head over to Lake Sebago , one of the largest lakes in the park, where you can enjoy swimming, boating, or camping. You can even hike the 18-mile portion of the famous Appalachian Trail that runs through Harriman.

Getting here from the city is easy; it's only a 35-mile drive. The historic Bear Mountain Inn lies a 14-minute drive from Harriman. Built in 1915, it is set on a plateau above Hessian Lake, offering guests lovely views and plenty of charm. The 15 rooms and suites are rustic and comfortable and there is a restaurant on-site, as well as a gift shop and grab-and-go café.

Fall colors in the Catskills

A visit to the Catskills is a New Yorker's rite of passage. Located in the Appalachian Mountain range in southeastern New York, the Catskills are the perfect setting for a relaxing girlfriends' getaway, a romantic couples' weekend, or even a family trip. This is one of the best weekend getaway locales in upstate New York .

The best way to get here is to hop in the car for a 150-mile drive, which, depending on the traffic and time of year, can take anywhere from two and a half to four hours. The trip is richly rewarding, especially in fall, when the autumn leaves light up the mountains with their rich colors.

If you are looking for scenic views, head to Overlook Mountain in Woodstock or the Minnewaska State Park Preserve in Kerhonkson. Here, you can hike or just relax and convene with nature. For those searching for a little more adventure, you can do the fastest and highest zipline tour at Hunter Mountain , or paddle out to the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse .

Waterfall in the Catskills Mountains

The Catskills are also filled with great places to eat, which is a good thing seeing as you'll spend much of your time here working up an appetite by adventuring. Depending on your mood, you can get everything from classic diner food at places like the Ambrosia Diner .

As for a place to rest your weary head, there is a wide variety of properties available to fit all needs, from bed-and-breakfasts to high-end resorts. A property that combines the best of both worlds is the Melour Resort in Tannersville. At this friendly and luxurious resort, you'll find a wide variety of modern amenities mixed with the charm of a small-town retreat.

An indoor pool and Jacuzzi are a hit with kids and adults of all ages, and the sauna is a perfect way to decompress after a long day spent hiking, biking, or skiing. There's also a 24-hour tea room and fitness center on-site.

Read More: Top-Rated Things to Do in the Catskills, NY

View of the Hudson River from Breakneck Ridge

Located on the banks of the Hudson River and close to New York City, Beacon makes a great getaway for those who don't want to suffer through sitting in long lines of traffic or hours in the car. If you take the Metro North train line, you can get here in about an hour and a half.

In Beacon, you will find your fill of Victorian-era architecture and small-town charm. Be sure to stop into one of the many cafés to grab a bite to eat and a coffee before heading down the main street and visiting the unique antique stores, collectible shops, and art galleries.

If you just want to relax and enjoy the river views, take a stroll to the waterfront, where you can enjoy biking and walking paths and plenty of greenery to get that concrete out of your brain. You can also drive to the top of Mount Beacon by taking the incline road. This hour ride will give you breathtaking views, especially in the fall.

Overlooking Fishkill Creek and Beacon Falls, the Roundhouse is a historic property reimagined into a modern hotel. Several buildings offer 41 guest rooms and an award-winning restaurant filled with tasty offerings.

Read More: Top-Rated Things to Do in Beacon, NY

Mohonk Mountain House

The Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York is a destination in itself and a major tourist attraction in the Hudson Valley . Architecturally, it looks like a Victorian castle sitting on the banks of the majestic Mohonk Lake . The sprawling house grounds and amenities make for a stay so all-encompassing you won't ever have to leave the property.

Boat rides on the lake, hiking, and "forest bathing" are all part of the experience. Doesn't everyone appreciate a walk in the woods to renew their mind? This now trendy experience originated many years ago in Japan.

The premise of shinrin-yoku (as it's known in Japan) is to immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and feelings of the forest as you wander through, focusing on these senses, which will, in turn, heighten your physical and emotional health.

The fall is an especially beautiful time for a visit, and all visitors will find it hard to resist the many offerings from the award-winning spa menu. Several restaurants on the property offer extensive menus of delicious dishes featuring seasonal ingredients. Concerts, festivals, and cultural offerings keep the calendar busy all year long.

Read More: Top-Rated Things to Do in New Paltz, NY

Aerial view of a beach in Cape May

Cape May is one of the most enchanting destinations along the Jersey Shore beaches. Dotted with Victorian houses and quaint bed and breakfasts, along with a pristine coastline, Cape May is not only a great spot for a couples' getaway, but for families as well. It's also one of the best weekend getaways in New Jersey .

The beach is the main draw, as the area is known as the nation's oldest seaside resort. That said, if you want to beat the heat or enjoy a rainy day indoors, pick one of Cape May's many things to do – like the Cape May County Park and Zoo , Fireman's Museum , or the iconic Cape May Lighthouse . We won't blame you if you'd like to relax in one of the area's many spas.

Cape May has no shortage of resorts and inns to make your getaway a special experience.

Mystic Seaport

Mystic is one of Connecticut's most charming maritime towns. Steeped in history and abundant in New England charm, this sweet spot is a lovely place to visit, especially during the summer and fall. It's chock-full of fun activities for the whole family.

The Mystic Seaport Museum tops the list of things to do in Mystic , with its re-created 19th-century seafaring village, children's museum, and the Charles W. Morgan wooden whaling ship. Next, you'll have to see the Mystic Aquarium , one of the best attractions in Connecticut.

Don't leave town without grabbing a few sweet samples from the food shops located in the adorable shopping village across from the aquarium. Called the Olde Mistick Village , this picturesque spot will take you back in time, and it offers a slew of unique wares in addition to tasty fare.

Author's tip: Save room for tea at Alice's in the Village . A whimsical spot created in homage to Lewis Caroll's famed novel, children will love its fun vibe, not to mention the creative flavors of bubble and matcha tee on offer.

A 2.5-hour drive east will get you from New York City to Mystic, passing the opulent town of Greenwich along the way. Break up the journey with a stop here to enjoy the pristine streets, upscale shops, and fabulous restaurants.

The Whaler's Inn on downtown's Main Street is a relaxing place to spend your weekend getaway from New York City. At this boutique hotel that's served the area for over 60 years, you'll find great service along with free breakfast and family-friendly suites within its five newly renovated buildings.

Plattekill Falls in the Catskills

This sleepy town in New York State actually consists of two villages: Tannersville and Hunter. Its Catskill location makes it a great spot for a weekend getaway from New York City for outdoor and adventure enthusiasts.

About a two-hour drive (without traffic), Hunter offers skiing, ziplining, hiking, and other outdoor activities, making it a great place to visit in New York State year-round. That said, fall and winter are favored times to visit, as they offer tons of fun activities and events.

Visitors can head out to enjoy the spectacular fall foliage with a side of live music at Oktoberfest in autumn or go skiing at Hunter Mountain , a popular ski resort that has been drawing families, who return year after year, in winter. This is one of the best places to go skiing near New York City .

Sleepy Hollow lighthouse

Sleepy Hollow received fame from its folklore tale of the headless horseman, but it stays a popular weekend getaway from New York City because of its appeal to those interested in the supernatural and macabre. Washington Irving might have made it famous, but Tim Burton put it on the map for a whole new generation. Located in the town of Mount Pleasant, the village boasts plenty of hiking, art, and views of the past.

If you are lucky enough to get away in the fall, you can take part in spooky Oktoberfest or head out on the Haunted Hayride . At all other times of the year, you can just enjoy all the rest of the ghostly things this unique village has to offer, like the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery . In addition, Kykuit , the Rockefeller family's hilltop estate has beautiful gardens, outdoor sculpture, and a gallery.

Getting to Sleepy Hollow is easy – you can either make the 90-minute drive from the city or jump on the light rail and arrive in about the same time with no risk of traffic.

Read More: Top-Rated Things to Do in Sleepy Hollow, NY

Palmer Square in Princeton

Best known as home to one of America's best Ivy League schools, Princeton boasts much more than its impressive academia. That said, Princeton University's grand buildings are hard to miss and even more difficult to dislike. The historic architecture is enough to make your jaw drop, while the inside of places like the Princeton University Art Museum and Nassau Hall are so lovely, you'll want to stay longer.

Palmer Square serves as the heart of this pretty New Jersey town. You can shop, eat, and sit for a while soaking up the vibe at one of the central picnic tables. Save room for dessert, as the square is lined with chocolate and ice cream shops

There's plenty of entertainment on offer to keep you occupied all weekend long. From performances at the McCarter Theater Center to plays at the Princeton Garden Theatre , you won't be at a loss for things to see. History lovers will enjoy a trip to Princeton Battlefield State Park and the Morven Museum and Garden .

If you're looking for a special place to stay, the Nassau Inn is a charming retreat located in Palmer Square. This sweet inn may look small and historic from the outside, but it's been updated to a level of modernity all current guests will enjoy.

Read More: Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in Princeton, NJ

Ocean City Boardwalk

Ocean City offers one of the best New Jersey beaches for families. At this dry town, you don't have to worry about obnoxious revelers loudly strolling the 2.5-mile boardwalk or jostling for space on the miles of soft, sandy beach. Also, lifeguards are on duty between Memorial Day and Sunfest Weekend (usually the third weekend after Labor Day) to ensure your kids are safe.

When you aren't digging your toes in the sand, make good use of the area's best attractions. The boardwalk is the heart of Ocean City. It boasts two mini golf courses, the super fun Gillian's Wonderland Pier amusement park (complete with a Ferris wheel), and enough sweet shops to keep your dentist in business.

A two-hour drive from New York City, this top beach town is one of the best places to enjoy a weekend getaway filled with sun, sand, and surf. If you're hoping to make the most of your quick getaway, plan to visit during the warm, summer months–winter gets pretty bleak around here.

Scarborough Inn is by far the best place to stay in Ocean City. You'll be hard-pressed to find something with more charm and friendlier staff. Smooth jazz guides you through the historic doors of the oldest hotel in Ocean City , but when you enter the newly renovated, modern chic rooms, and eat the delicious homemade breakfast, you'll never want to leave.

If they're fully booked, try The Bayberry Inn Bed & Breakfast . At this smaller, charismatic hotel, guests are set close to the beach and can enjoy a romantic stay in comfortable rooms featuring wicker furniture and floral prints.

Read More: Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in Ocean City, New Jersey

View from the Henry David Thoreau suspension bridge

Washington is a haven for outdoorsy travelers. One of the best small towns in Connecticut , this rural gem is everything New York City is not: quiet, clean, and filled with natural wonders like thundering waterfalls and deep forests. It's located two and a half hours northeast of New York.

You'll be spoiled for ways to enjoy the fresh air. Hike across the Henry David Thoreau suspension bridge , which is tucked into the majestic Hidden Valley Preserve in Washington Depot. Or explore the 998-acre Steep Rock Preserve . Climb the 776 feet to Steep Rock Summit for the best views.

The Washington Art Association and Gallery is also worthy of a look, as is the Gunn Historical Museum .

The Mayflower Inn & Spa, Auberge Resorts Collection is one of the best resorts in Connecticut for multiple reasons. First, it is gorgeous, elegant, and well-serviced. Next, it boasts incredibly luxurious amenities like a gourmet restaurant, two pools, and a spa.

View over Keuka Lake

Whether you're hoping to soak up the most majestic fall colors, swim in New York's best lakes , or marvel at the tallest waterfall in the Eastern US, The Finger Lakes region is packed with exciting things to do and stunning places to visit.

First up is a trip to the spectacular Watkins Glen State Park , where you can spend the day hiking.

Next, it's time for a hot air balloon ride above Letchworth State Park . The views are as breathtaking as the strong winds. If that's not your thing, you can always just go for a walk and appreciate the waterfalls.

Finally, go camping at Taughannock Falls State Park . It's here that you'll come face to thundering cascade with one of New York's top waterfalls , Taughannock Falls.

Still looking for more ways to spend your weekend away? With a wildlife refuge, adventure park, and ski hills, the Finger Lakes won't disappoint. The drive from New York City will take roughly five hours , which is definitely doable in a day. You'll definitely want to spend at least two nights away, which is easy to do in the region's lovely resorts.

Author's tip: No matter what time of year you're visiting, be sure to stop at Greek Peak Mountain Resort . Even if you don't stay at the affiliated resort overnight, the outdoor Adventure Center is a fab way to spend a fun-filled day with the whole family. The Mountain Coaster is a blast, and the high ropes course is a must-try.

Cliff Walk, Newport

Despite its diminutive size, Rhode Island boasts impressive towns. One of the most popular is Newport. Located a four-and-a-half-hour drive from New York City , this delightful spot is a haven for summer vacationers hoping to nibble on fresh fish, visit glamorous mansions, and shop in eclectic boutiques.

The Cliff Walk is the most famous thing to do in Newport . An easy path leads visitors along the Rhode Island Sound, with some of the town's most famed homes on full display. The Breakers , Rosecliff , and Beechwood are only a few of the mansions you'll see during this walk, and many are available to tour (for a fee).

When finished touring, take a break at Easton Beach , one of the state's best beaches . It's primed for families, boasting a playground, carousel, skateboard park, and plenty of facilities.

As for staying the night, you'll be spoiled for choice. The resorts on offer in this Rhode Island charmer are as luxe and lovely as you'd expect.

Author's tip: Eat dinner early. The restaurants in Newport are top-notch. If you can't make a reservation, head out early (we're talking 5:30pm) to ensure you find a spot. There are plenty of eateries overlooking Newport Harbor, which will add a romantic ambiance to any meal.

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Are you looking for the best weekend getaways from NYC? Want a break from the city? If so – this list is for you!

If you’re looking for the best weekend getaways from NYC… this list if going to give you so much inspiration!

Whether you’re a born and bred New-Yorker or are looking for some incredible places to visit on a sneaky day trip from NYC on your next trip, it can be tricky to narrow down the best weekend getaways from NYC. 

But we’ve got some good news, as there are just so many amazing places to visit just outside of New York, within an easy 2-3 hours drive! Hooray!

So finding the ideal weekend getaways from NYC is easy – just take a read of this list.

From magical Coney Island, to cute quirky towns, and even New Jersey’s very own Las Vegas… there are plenty of fantastic day trips that you can embark on, and plenty of places for weekend getaways from NYC.

The best places for weekend getaways from NYC…

So sit back, take a read, and start planning your next trip outside the big city, and your ideal weekend getaway from NYC.

Brighton Beach

If you’re looking for the perfect place for weekend getaways from NYC that will suit the entire family, then you’ll need to look no further than Brighton Beach.

This stunning beach has attracted day-trippers and sunbathers to its shores for years, and its popularity has genuinely never waned!

If you choose to head down to Brighton Beach for your weekend getaway from NYC, be sure to visit the 200-year-old Brighton Palace Pier. With rides and amusements that date back 200 years, it’s a historical marvel that must be seen to be believed.

With so many activities on offer, Brighton Beach is the perfect place to visit outside of New York for families that are looking to make lasting memories, and there’s so much to do there.

This is a beautiful choice for weekend getaways from NYC.

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Coney Island

One of our favorite places for weekend getaways from NYC is Coney Island.

Now, you may have already seen glimpses of this magical place in various pieces of pop culture, but if you’ve not been there for real, you should totally pay Coney Island a visit.

Whether it’s the famous amusement park, street performing, or the annual hot-dog eating competition that piques your interest, you’re sure to have a family trip to remember at bustling Coney Island. 

Sure, it’s not the most romantic weekend getaways from NYC, but it’s a lot of fun, and it’ll unleash your inner child!

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The Hamptons

Next on my list of weekend getaways from NYC, it’s The Hamptons. The Hamptons have long been associated with affluent and well-to-do folk.

So, if you want a taste of the good life, why not add it to your list of places to visit outside of New York this year?

With long stretches of beach and some amazing towns and villages to visit, you certainly won’t run out of things to do here during your weekend getaway from NYC.

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What we love about The Hamptons is that you can truly make a trip here suit you, so it’s perfect for weekend getaways from NYC.

So, whether it’s some incredible retail therapy in East Hampton or a bougie trip to a winery that you’re after, you’ll find it all in The Hamptons. 

When thinking of places to visit outside of New York… this is a classic choice.

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Jones Beach Island

Jones Beach Island was named after Major Thomas Jones who came to Long Island in 1692, and it remains one of the most popular weekend getaways from NYC.

Though we’ve got a great post about things to do on Jones Beach Island already, we’ll add a couple of spoilers right here!

With its stunning white beaches and great attractions, it’s unsurprising that this area is a popular place for day trippers. If you choose to head to Jones Beach Island, we highly recommend checking out Tobay Beach.

Located just one mile from the large State Park, it’s a great option for places to visit outside of NYC, and it’s home to some of the best ocean views around!

I love this place for weekend getaways from NYC, and I think you will too!

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Next on my list of weekend getaways from NYC, it’s Woodstock. You’ll have probably heard of Woodstock because of it’s famous festivals back in the 70s…

And to be honest, if you want to experience a bit of those vibes and lifestyle, then this might be the place for you! Which is why it’s next on our list of weekend getaways from NYC.

If you’re looking for places to visit outside New York, then this ticks all the boxes. It’s only a short drive away (2 hours) and it’s a world away from the bustling city streets.

The vibe here is super laid back and really chilled. I’ve written plenty of ideas on things to do in Woodstock NY , so be sure to check that blog post out for more ideas!

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Next up on my list of the best weekend getaways from NYC… it’s Montauk. Montauk is one of those amazingly beautiful destinations near NYC, that is popular with honeymoons and romantic getaways.

So… If you’re looking for places to visit outside NYC that ticks those boxes… then Montauk is going to be the place for you. Montauk is a classic choice for weekend getaways from NYC.

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Expect to greeted by beautiful beaches, amazing sea views, wonderful wildlife, and cute little cafes and restaurants too. Sounds pretty gorgeous right?

If you want to know more about things to do in Montauk – I’ve covered that in more detail on this site too! This places is just perfect for romantic weekend getaways from NYC.

Read more about New York State: Top 15 wineries in upstate NY

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Though you may not be overly familiar with New Haven, you’ve probably heard of its famous Ivy League University, Yale. So, it’s unsurprising it’s next on my list of weekend getaways from NYC.

This wonderful coastal city tends to attract the brightest and boldest around, and it’s a great day out or weekend away.

However, despite being famous for its educational facilities, New Haven is so much more than a University town.

With amazing art galleries, a fantastic museum, and even some Egyptian Revival Gateway, New Haven should certainly be on your list of places to visit outside of New York.

All aboard boffins, this is the ideal place for weekend getaways from NYC for you!

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New Paltz is a gorgeous option when you’re looking for romantic weekend getaways from NYC. It’s a short drive (about 2 hours) but you can also get the train up there too – so it’s pretty easy to reach.

New Paltz is the country-life postcard. It’s beautiful fields and meadows, a little village with tons of charm, and it’s known for farm-to-table dining (great for foodies!).

There’s also the stunning Lake Mohonk to enjoy – and there’s so much fun to be had on the lake, especially during the summer. Check out our ultimate guide to New Paltz here.

You’ll love New Paltz for your weekend getaways from NYC.

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Scranton is next on my list of weekend getaways from NYC. Located in northeast Pennsylvania, this TV-famous city is one of the best weekend getaways from NYC.

In case you weren’t aware, Scranton is the place in which The Office was set – cool, right!?

To be honest – this suggestion is pretty much for the Office fans out there (check out this road trip itinerary for filming locations !).

You’ve watched it on Netflix a million times, and there’s so much fun and nostalgia making it a location for your weekend getaway from NYC!

If you aren’t into The Office though, there’s plenty more to explore here than looking for some great merch. One of the most amazing things that Scranton has to offer in terms of attractions is the Steamtown National Historic Site.

Home to century-old locomotives that are set on a former rail yard, this museum is an absolute must-visit if you’re in the area! This is a quirky choice for weekend getaways from NYC, but a fun one!

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Philadelphia

Ok, how could I write a list of weekend getaways from NYC – and not include Philly? Now, Philadelphia is huge, so you may not be able to see much on a day trip from the city, but it’s a great option for a weekend away from NYC.

With some of the best historic attractions in the U.S. (notably the Liberty Bell!), it’s unsurprising that Philadelphia is one of the top weekend getaways from NYC.

Oh, and if you do pay Philly a visit, be sure to check out some of the area’s restaurants. Did someone say Philly Cheese Steak?

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Next on my list of weekend getaways from NYC, it’s Baltimore.

Just further down the coast from Philly, is Baltimore. I love Baltimore, it’s a small city, but it’s scenic and have this lovely charm to it, and there are plenty of things to do there.

Fort McHenry, which is the birthplace of the U.S. national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” can be found in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor – which means this placed is steeped in national history.

If that’s your thing! I love Baltimore for cute, romantic weekend getaways from NYC.

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Sleepy Hollow

If you’re looking for weekend getaways from NYC around autumn and Halloween… then you really can’t go wrong with Sleepy Hollow.

You’ve probably heard of this place because of the movie (by the same name) but the good new is, it’s less than an hours drive from the city center and super easy to get to.

What makes Sleepy Hollow worth visiting? It’s a lovely change of pace to city life, and it’s got some unique stories tell.

There are also LOADS of things to do in Sleepy Hollow – so you could easily spend a few days there and pack your days full of activities.

Yes this is a slightly spooky weekend getaways from NYC… but I know some of your will love that it’s a bit different!

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Port Jefferson Village

Next on my list of weekend getaways from NYC, it’s Port Jefferson Village.

Though Port Jefferson is a tiny village in Long Island, it’s certainly charming. With a population of only 7,750, you certainly won’t run into too many folks whilst on your travels here!

Despite being quite a sleepy town, there’s plenty to do here, which is why it’s next on our list of the best weekend getaways near NYC.

As Port Jefferson is a waterside town, we highly suggest checking out its beautiful waterfront views.

As the waterfront is packed with shops, coffee spots, and great restaurants, it’s the perfect place in which to relax and unwind if you’re finding yourself worn out from city life!

You’ll love this location for weekend getaways from NYC.

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If you’re looking for a cute, quirky place to visit for your weekend getaways from NYC – then Rhinebeck would be a great choice. It’s easy to reach by train and by car – so it ticks those boxes!

In terms of weekend getaways from NYC – Rhinebeck is a pretty solid choice for a weekend away.

You have the nature and beautiful scenery of upstate New York, but you also have a bustling and very friendly town with lovely shops, cafes and restaurants to enjoy too. There are loads of things to do in Rhinebeck !

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Atlantic City

Next up on my list of weekend getaways from NYC… it’s Atlantic City.

Atlantic City is essentially New Jersey’s very own Las Vegas. Acting as a dedicated resort city on the Atlantic coast, Atlantic City is absolutely one of the top places to visit outside of New York.

Packed with casinos, wide beaches, and an iconic Boardwalk, it’s one of our favorite picks for day trippers.

If you’re not huge on gambling though, don’t fret, for Atlantic City has plenty more in store for you!

With numerous spas, famous entertainers, and some great high-end shopping on offer, you certainly won’t leave the AC disappointed. 

It’s a classic choice for weekend getaways from NYC – especially when a flight to Vegas seems too long and too far.

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Another pretty commuter town on my list of weekend getaways from NYC!

This is another great choice for places to visit outside NYC. This is a lovely little town, packed full of gorgeous little stores and cafes, and friendly locals.

There are lots of things to do in Beacon to choose from, but I personally love the galleries and the cultural centre, and the Bannerman’s Castle (which isn’t far from the town centre).

This is a great place for weekend getaways from NYC and you’ll love it all year round.

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Check out a spa hotel near NYC

If you’re not bothered by location when looking for weekend getaways from NYC, but want a beautiful hotel and some much-needed relaxation – then a great option to finding places to stay outside NYC, is just to search for a great spa hotel.

There are so many amazing spa hotels near NYC , located in beautiful countryside and with stunning views over the surrounding wilderness. So if you’re hoping to just get some peace and quiet – maybe looking at one of those spa hotels is a good plan!

Spa breaks are the most classic choice for weekend getaways from NYC, and there are so many great ones to choose from!

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Next up on my list of weekend getaways from NYC… It’s Brooklyn.

OK… So Brooklyn isn’t exactly miles from Manhattan, but it’s very easy to get to and sometimes even somewhere super close can give you the escape you need from the crowded city.

Head to Brooklyn’s Botanical Gardens, or splurge on a spa hotel in Brooklyn. Or just take the train out to one of Brooklyn’s lovely suburbs and have a stroll around for the weekend. There’s so much to do there.

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Croton Gorge Park

Next on my list of weekend getaways from NYC, it’s Croton Gorge Park.

If you’re just looking for a day trip for the weekend, then I really recommend Croton Gorge Park . It’s only a little north of the city, but it’ll give you that nature-fix city dwellers so often need.

There’s quite a few things to do in Croton Gorge Park, including fishing, hiking, walking, picnicing, sledding and skiing (in winter).

So it’s got it all really – and it’s pretty reliable all year round too. Oh and it’s really pretty! Definitely Instagram-worthy that’s for sure!

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If you don’t mind driving a little further for you weekend getaways from NYC…

Remember also, if you don’t mind driving a little further afield in New York State when it comes to planning your weekend getaways from NYC… then some incredible places lie about 3-5 hours drive from the city, such as the Finger Lakes National Park.

Now, I won’t go into as much detail here, but we’ve written plenty of content about these destinations in Upstate New York for you to check out too!

If you love nature, hiking, swimming, kayaking, etc – then some of these beautiful destinations a little further away might be just what you’re looking for when choosing your weekend getaways from NYC…

  • Ultimate Guide to the Finger Lakes
  • Things to do near Syracuse
  • Things to do in Watkins Glen
  • Things to do in Jamestown
  • Things to do in Tupper Lake
  • Things to do in Utica
  • Things to do in Saratoga Springs

They should give you even more inspiration for planning a getaway outside of NYC!

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I hope this list of 20 weekend getaways from NYC has been helpful!

Hopefully this list has given you loads of ideas and inspiration for weekend getaways from NYC! There are so many to choose from, and NYC is a city that is surrounded by beautiful nature, towns, and spas… So you’re truly spoilt for choice.

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Elle-Rose is the owner and editor of The World and Then Some! She has been a professional travel writer for over 12 years, writing for many different publications, including this one. Elle-Rose is a city break expert, and she specializes in popular locations such as NYC, London, Las Vegas and Dubai, regularly visiting to stay on top of new attractions, restaurants and hotels. Elle-Rose is super active on TikTok (@theworldandthensome), and loves filming video content in the cities she visits - so go and say hello!

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The Best Last-Minute Weekend Getaways from New York City

All the relaxing, delicious, and inspiring ways to enjoy the great outdoors.

With summer in full swing and vaccines duly disseminated, our most ambitious travel fantasies are finally about to be realized. But a faraway trip will hardly be enough to satisfy our wanderlust after a year and a half of restrictions, so we’ve put together a shortlist of easy jaunts from the Big Apple—outings perfect for a quick weekend escape (or a longer vacation with a couple of WFH days snuck in)—all arranged by travel time for your planning needs.

A Short Drive Away: Upstate New York

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Skip the Hamptons this summer (all the rentals are already booked anyway) and head upstate where a panoply of new hotels continues to breathe new life into the Catskills, Hudson Valley, and beyond.

Kenoza Hall opened its doors last summer, boasting a tranquil lakefront retreat situated on New York’s Kenoza Lake. Spanning 55 acres, the restored 1880s boarding house features 22 guest rooms and an extensive Kneipp-inspired wellness program. Another new luxury hotel reopened after a multimillion dollar restoration, Urban Cowboy , featuring rustic-style lodge vibes and claw-foot tubs for two with views of the forest. If the brand sounds familiar, it's because they've also got outposts in Brooklyn and Nashville, which are also worth the trip.

A Short Drive: Saranac Lake and the Finger Lakes

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Further on, head to Saranac Lake, nestled between the Adirondack Mountains, where the likes of Mark Twain and Robert Louis Stevenson had gone for a mind, body, and soul reset. Check into The Point , the intimate lakefront private Adirondack estate that was originally built for William Avery Rockefeller II. Today, the Point offers 11 distinct guest rooms and a “house party” atmosphere, where visitors receive access to all 7 -acres of the secluded property and the staff anticipates guests’ every need. Here, hiking boots of all sizes are available for guests to borrow, and it’s not unusual for the staff to arrange impromptu activities based on guests' desires. Visit The Village Mercantile , New York state's only community-owned department store, where you can find a plethora of limited edition, not-so-ordinary gifts from local vendors and artists. When visiting a rustic woodsy town, expect that maple syrup is incorporated into everything.

If you're up for something close that feels even more far and away, continue further to the Finger Lakes. The area has become one of America’s best wine-growing regions—particularly for the sweeter white varietals like Riesling. Try Glenora Wine Cellars and Wagner Vineyards Estate Winery , both on Seneca Lake. Spend the night at the Inns of Aurora , a collection of well-appointed luxury homes revitalized as small hotels. Or check into The Lake House on Canandaigua , which is poised to anchor the area as a wellness center with its brand-new Willowbrook Spa . With 124 well-appointed guest rooms, an event barn, an outdoor saltwater pool, outdoor saunas, and more, the property is a destination unto itself. The Lake House has also maintained the salt-of-the-earth Sandbar restaurant beloved by locals for decades (complete with a chic upgrade), and opened the Rose Tavern, a high-end eatery featuring locally sourced ingredients and stellar wines from the region.

A Short Drive Away: Newport, Rhode Island

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This coastal town may seem like a respite from the city—and it is—but be prepared to be far busier with activities than you typically would in a shore town. Go for the waterfront views, but make time to explore the town's iconic mansions. From The Breakers , the Vanderbilt's magnificent summer "cottage," to the Versailles-inspired Rosecliff and Chepstow , designed to resemble a grand Italian villa, you will likely want to spend a day browsing through the otherworldly rooms, grand staircases, and manicured gardens the town of Newport so beautifully preserves.

At sunset, make sure to walk the Cliff Walk, the elevated path along the ocean, for a breathtaking sunset view. The Chanler at Cliff Walk boasts only 20 rooms, each individually named and designed to reflect the luxury, charm, and rich history of different historical periods. Guests of the Chanler can now partake in a socially distant happy hour with gazebo cabanas spread across the expansive lawn. For dinner, Cara boasts stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean with only three coveted tables operating Wednesday through Sunday, with two seatings per night. For an authentic Caribbean meal by way of Haiti, pop over to Garden of Eve Restaurant , where you won’t regret ordering the jerk chicken and the Moss Drink. Open as of last summer, The Wayfinder Hotel brings the vibrant, local culture of Newport to life. If you're looking for something a bit more classically Newport, check in to Castle Hill Inn , which boasts an incredible lawn, perfect for enjoying sundowners.

A Short Drive Away: Greenwich, CT

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Most people are familiar with Greenwich, considering it’s only an hour drive (or 45 minute train ride) outside of the city and often where New Yorkers tend to move when they’re ready for a change of pace from city life. Who doesn’t love to take in waterfront views in the spring and summer and gorgeous foliage come the fall? Greenwich also serves as a charming city-escape for just for a quick weekend trip, too. The town is popping up with luxe boutique hotels, including the Delamar Hotel Group’s Greenwich Harbor property.

The hotel sits on a marina with 500 feet of private dockage, perfect for those who want to relax by the water. During warmer months, visitors can opt for a private yachting experience and take in the beauty of the Long Island Sound and come the fall can venture on the Connecticut Art Trail which includes destinations such as the Bush Holley House and the Bruce Museum .

The nearby Greenwich Avenue is also a must-visit for shopping excursions, while come dinnertime, Greenwich Harbor’s house restaurant and bar L’escale is sure to satisfy any craving. The chef-driven menu includes seared foie gras, ricotta gnocchi arrabbiata, and citrus creme brulee. Other nearby local favorites include Le Penquin and Raphael’s Bakery .

A Longer Ride: In and Around Washington, D.C.

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There’s a new vibe in the country’s capital after last year’s election, and a fresh spate of hotel openings from the Viceroy to the Dutch-owned Citizen M is helping to turn the city into a worthy getaway once more. While the hotly anticipated Wharf district nears completion of its second phase, hop over the Potomac to Alexandria, Virginia, for a quaint colonial vibe along its shores, where Georgian-style row homes feature worthy stops like vintage bar shop The Hour (currently open for pick up only) and local favorite The Majestic , which lays on the old-school brasserie charm.

Up the road, Baltimore—a.k.a. Charm City—is home to Guinness’s first U.S. brewery and plenty of food markets, rooftop bars, and restaurants, making it a true foodie city. The new luxury property in town, the Pendry Hotel , is the crown jewel of the Harbor where cloudlike linens, buttery leather accent pillows, and a highly tempting minibar with local specialties await you after a long day of sightseeing. Don’t eat all the Utz potato chips and Kinderhook mixed nuts (they're Baltimore specialties) in one sitting; Maryland blue crabs on the waterfront or at the R. House food hall in Remington are not to be missed.

Check in to the stunning Inn at Perry Cabin , which was the backdrop for the rom-com Wedding Crashers. Don’t let the name fool you; this colonial mansion boasts 78 charming rooms that sit along the Miles River waterfront, a private Chesapeake Bay inlet. Maximize your weekend with the inn's summer programming, allowing guests to “skip the bridge” aboard an elegant Hinckley yacht, sailing directly around traffic from Annapolis to St. Michaels, to arrive faster at the intimate waterfront resort.

A Longer Ride: Maine

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In the early spring, “Southern Maine” was one of the most-searched domestic destinations on Airbnb when it wasn’t quite clear which countries would be opening their borders. And with good reason—this is cabin country par excellence, with low-key townships dotting the craggy shoreline all the way up to Canada.

Only about an hour and half north of Boston lies the town of Kennebunkport, filled with lobster shacks as far as the eye can see. A chic cottage getaway awaits at Hidden Pond , an enclave surrounded by a pristine birch forest, a fresh vegetable farm, and the stunning Goose Rocks Beach. With the feel of a luxury summer camp for adults, the property is converting its standard hotel experience into private summer rentals for 2020. Per the property, this is akin to "the private summer home in Maine you've been dreaming about—without any of the planning, prep work, maintenance or clean up." The amenities are still on offer though; expect the warmest of wakeup calls with fresh coffee and pastry deliveries to your cabin door each morning.

Kick up your feet at the White Barn Inn & Spa , which boasts excellent service, delicious local cuisine, and more than 7,000 wines. His and her bikes are available on property for guests to take into town or to the beach. For a special night out, try the recently reopened White Barn Inn Restaurant , which boasts a four-course

prix fixe menu using all locally sourced ingredients and produce.

For casual dining, clams and lobster rolls are a must at Nunan’s Lobster Hut , which sits off the beaten path and is open for only three hours a day, 5 to 8 p.m. Folks line up way before the opening to secure a spot, and food and service here is cash only.

A penchant for the outdoors is easily appeased at Snug Harbor Farm , where you can purchase a variety of plants and florals, watch ponies roam the grounds, admire a gorgeous peacock, and more. For a midday sip, pop into the Shipyard Brewery for a refreshing Melon beer. Here, you can mix and match Maine sodas and a variety of beers to create your own six-packs for the beach.

A Quick Flight: Miami, Florida

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In less than three hours—easily doable for a long weekend—you can fly practically anywhere in the United States east of the Mississippi River. And the possibilities are endless, whether it's an all-night urban escape or a rugged and remote retreat.

But at this point, Miami is practically New York’s sixth borough, especially after the onslaught of new transplants during the last 15 months. And new developments are making every intersection relevant, especially along Miami Beach.

Check out the recently opened Goodtime Hotel , the brainchild of hospitality honcho David Grutman and pop star Pharrell Williams. The rooms are purposefully functional—think sleeping closets (yes, sleeping closets)—as the ideal guest would spend the majority of their visit in the property’s common areas. Favorite hangout spots include the pool veranda, decked out in candy striper pinks and minty greens, and the library, which looks like a Willy Wonka creation; perhaps if he were designing a bubble gum annex to his chocolate factory. The real pièce de résistance, however, is Strawberry Moon, Goodtime’s signature restaurant, serving pan-Mediterranean fare from westerly tapenade to easterly baklava ice cream sandwiches. Whatever you do, don’t miss out on the moon bread—the secret ingredient is an unholy amount of butter; wash it down with one of the signature cocktails—there’s an old-fashioned/Paloma mash-up that’ll do the trick.

For something decidedly less sceney and more sedate, try the KAYAK travel booking app’s first essay in the hospitality space: KAYAK Miami Beach —a partnership with the Life House hotels portfolio where simply furnished rooms and a small plunge-pool oasis on the roof deck will lure visitors seeking boutique digs and exquisitely made Middle Eastern fare at the on-site restaurant, Layla.

Book ahead at Joia Beach , a restaurant and beach club helping to revitalize Jungle Island, or hit up Seaspice along the Miami River—the city’s top spot for daytime drinks; rumor has it that the restaurant will be taking a shot at the hotel biz, too, with a hundred ultra-luxe rooms to be completed at the end of the year.

A Quick Flight: Midwestern Destinations

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Last year was all about heading for the hills—so expect everyone to flood back into the cities this summer as restaurants, bars, and concert venues reopen at full capacity. Booking a choice table in New York City may be a frustrating prospect as a result, so it may well be worth sampling some of the country’s top spots beyond Gotham where the population density is a bit less, but the quality remains high.

A sleeper hit for foodies in the know, Cincinnati promises a surprising surplus of excellent restaurants operating at international standards—steak-centric Losanti is not to be missed, as is Sotto , which is offering some of the best pasta west of Italy. Mornings should always start with pastries at Brown Bear Bakery —it's so popular you have to call ahead to lay claim to your croissant—and evenings should end with a barrel-aged cocktail at Sundry and Vice .

Honorable mentions include Pittsburgh, where the brand-new Industrialist Hotel just opened its doors. Foodies flock to town for the Spanish fare at Morcilla , which is award winning and not to be missed.

In Indianapolis, which just hosted its annual race—the country’s largest-attended event since COVID struck—check out the new Bottleworks District , born from the rubble of an old Coca-Cola factory, complete with a chic Art Deco hotel, expansive food hall, adult arcade, and a smattering of local boutiques. Don’t skip town without a meal at Napolese , where the salads are to die for and the authentic Neapolitan pies keep locals coming back on the regular. The concept’s owner, noted restauranteur Martha Hoover (think Martha Stewart of the Midwest), has launched an ambitious plan to radicalize the restaurant industry championing not only the customer experience but employee work conditions as well.

Or do as the Chicagoans do and spend the weekend along the Great Lakes. Our undeniable favorite is the Wisco town of Kohler on Lake Michigan—lost in time with its Bavarian-style American Club Resort Hotel by Kohler promising the best destination spa in the entire region with top-of-the-line soaking tubs and showers (yes, it’s that Kohler). The brand-new Camp Aramoni , Illinois’s first luxury camping destination, is fast becoming a choice spot of Windy City escapees too.

A Farther Haul: Mexico

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An extra hour or two in the sky will propel you to some of the best tropical escapes in the world, with a side of culture or ample luxury depending on what the heart desires.

In a bold move last year, Mexico never shuttered its borders to Americans, and they came in droves to all the country’s hot spots from Cabo to Cancun. This year looks to be no different, especially with new direct links from the East Coast down to Baja California and a bevy of exciting hotel openings from the One&Only Mandarina , further bolstering Riviera Nayarit’s luxury offerings, to Paradero Hotels , helping bring Todos Santos—Cabo’s neighbor—into the forefront of international appeal.

And in Mexico City, shack up at the newly opened Octavia Casa , which brings an unusual Zen calm to an otherwise frenetic landscape. Then, check out the cafe and restaurant scene, starting with—fittingly—the taco omakase at Pujol . Be sure to enjoy a bite at the wildly innovative Cicatriz and the delightful Indian, East African, and Mexican fusion favorites at Masala y Maiz .

A Farther Haul: Turks and Caicos

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Starting in June, a new route on American Airlines has made this chain of islets even more accessible to New Yorkers, at just under four hours away. Due to its northerly position in the Caribbean, the archipelago’s climate is just right for a summer getaway. If it rains at all, expect only a sprinkling of afternoon showers here and there, rather than the more tropical downpours further south.

Steep off-season discounts and record-high vaccination rates make the hotels in Providenciales a worthy choice—or go for one of the hundreds of secluded villas that’re quickly turning the destination into the next St. Barts or Anguilla as the go-to spot for a very private holiday. For a luxury stay unlike any other, check in to Amanyara , which boasts a Zen respite along a private strip of shoreline and some of the best haute cuisine (with an effortless authenticity) that you'll find on the island. For those looking for a family getaway, Grace Bay welcomes a new Ritz-Carlton Resort this year. If you're looking for a daytime activity like no other, Provo Ponies offers horseback riding along the beach and in the crystal-clear ocean.

A Farther Haul: Puerto Rico

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Hurricane Maria followed by the Covid pandemic had particularly devastating effects on Puerto Rico; as a result, much of the island is experiencing a slow and steady recovery. Consider that when deciding where to book a trip—and when. Worth keeping in mind: A visit outside of high season, when the island will likely need support the most, is infinitely more impactful than an influx of tourists in the winter months.

Check in to the O:LV Hotel located in the trendy Condado area of San Juan with some of the island's best restaurants and nightlife just steps away. The rooftop is now open to non-hotel guests and boasts a modern pool overlooking the serene Condado lagoon.

Caribbean and Asian flavors mix at Raya Restaurant , by award-winning chef Mario Pagan, featuring an incredible menu of flavors from Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, and Japan. Think wasabi grilled cheese and beet matcha ice cream cookies. If you’re a beach lover, you won’t want to miss visiting the western shorelines of Crash Boat for sunbathing, surfing, and snorkeling. Bioluminescent Mosquito Bay is a traveler favorite as a classic Caribbean hideout during the day, and with the waters transforming by night, emitting a blue glow from the dinoflagellates organisms that live in the water.

Head to Calle del Cristo for excellent photo-taking opportunities with the street's two famous chapels: The San Juan Bautista Cathedral and the Capilla del Cristo. For delicious tapas, check out La Copa Llena at The Black Eagle—order the chistorra sausage and tostones while watching the sunset over the ocean.

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While in the Catskills, swing by Minnewaska State Park for beautiful vistas and hiking trails.

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Looking for a weekend getaway from the greater New York City area? Lucky for you, there are countless appealing destinations reachable via a quick train ride or road trip from the Big Apple, all with plenty of activities, hotels, and restaurants to fill a weekend. These East Coast escapes provide the respite needed—quiet nature walks, visits to local art galleries, a day trip here and there, fresh seafood dinners served in waterfront settings—and are all only a tank of gas away from Manhattan and Brooklyn. Read on for nine of our top picks for the best weekend getaways from New York City.

Greenery next to beach in Montauk, New York, with two people in the distance

The laid-back beach town of Montauk is an ideal place for a relaxing getaway.

Photo by Lyndsey Matthews

1. Montauk, New York

  • Distance : 2.5 by car or 3.5 hours by train from Penn Station
  • Best for : A laid-back beach getaway

A relaxed alternative to upscale beach towns in the Hamptons just to the west, Montauk is best known for its surf breaks, like the ones at Ditch Plains and the Terrace. So pack your swimsuit, sign up for a surfing lesson, and plan on eating as much seafood as you can.

What to do in Montauk

For breakfast, head to Montauk Bake Shoppe for its famous jelly croissant (coffee snobs can get their needs met at Left Hand Coffee ). Don’t miss the sunset views dinner at Duryea’s , a classic seafood shack right on the water overlooking Fort Pond Bay. Close out the night by drinking a beer or two with locals at Shagwong Tavern , a dive bar in the center of the village that’s been open since 1936.

Between meals, take a surf lesson or rent gear at Engstrom Surf , located at Marram Hotel. Beginners are in safe hands with the Engstrom siblings—Leif, Ariel, and Lexi are all world-renowned surfers—who will have you paddling out and attempting to catch waves in no time. If you prefer being on the water instead of in it, you can book a private charter for groups of anywhere from 2 to 100 passengers with Catamaran Mon Tiki for a sunset cruise departing from Star Island in Lake Montauk.

Where to stay in Montauk

Check in to Marram , a quiet beachfront hotel located right on the Terrace surf break. Open-air communal spaces—like courtyard firepits with complimentary s’mores and a guests-only pool deck overlooking the Atlantic—are ideal for those who want to spend the most time outside this summer.

Just off the traffic circle at the center of town—and still 100 feet from the ocean— Daunt’s Albatross has been operated by multiple generations of the Daunt family since 1977. The 24 guest rooms come with kitchenettes perfect for week-long stays as well as Parachute linens and towels, custom-made knotty alder furniture, indigo-hued textiles as art, and sleek flagstone floors. As part of a year-long redesign, the Daunt family acquired the restaurant across the street, the Bird , which now serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week.

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Breakneck Ridge, located along the Hudson River between Beacon and Cold Spring, with green bushes

Breakneck Ridge, located along the Hudson River between Beacon and Cold Spring, is a popular (but strenuous) Hudson Valley hike.

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2. Hudson Valley, New York

  • Distance : two hours by car via the Taconic State Parkway
  • Best for : Scenic hikes and small towns filled with creative energy

For New Yorkers, the rolling hills and dense pine forests of the Hudson Valley offer a welcome escape from the chaos of the city—but the appeal of this beautiful valley lies well beyond its tree-lined hiking trails and inviting swimming holes. The small, postindustrial towns that line the Hudson River are buzzing with creative energy that make it an excellent choice for a weekend trip.

What to do in the Hudson Valley

The towns of Nyack, Saugerties, Kingston, and Hudson are all known for their antique scenes and selection of award-winning eateries and cafés. In Kingston, the homey Brunette wine bar and Savona’s Trattoria on Broadway warrant a detour, and in Hudson, don’t miss Feast and Floret , the reincarnated Fish and Game (which closed in 2020) that’s now an Italian restaurant serving dishes like rigatoncini alla norma and pork ribs with cipollini and Concord grape reduction. Also make time for an all-American feast at Phoenicia Diner , a 1960s establishment that’s been restored (and the menu spruced up) for modern enjoyment.

Absolutely do not sleep on the breweries, some of which host live music now and then. West Kill Brewing on a historic 127-acre dairy farm in the Catskills makes the kind of IPAs you want to bring home by the 30-pack. Woodstock Brewing , right down the street from Phoenicia Diner, has a creative tap list (Baby Dragon pale ale for the win) and treats you like family.

Those interested in spending the full weekend outdoors should pass through Phoenicia, the starting point for popular day hikes to Hunter Mountain and Kaaterskill Falls. Art-focused travelers should spend a day strolling through shops along Beacon’s Main Street before touring Dia Beacon , a 300,000-square-foot art museum housed in a former Nabisco box printing factory. Farther north, Woodstock makes for a fun afternoon of window shopping and dessert eating (go just for Peace, Love and Cupcakes and Bread Alone ).

Where to stay in the Hudson Valley

The Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains have so many cozy bed-and-breakfasts and contemporary boutique hotels that the hardest part of planning a trip to the region can be deciding where to sleep. A few of the most ogle-worthy accommodations in the bucolic upstate New York area include the Urban Cowboy Lodge in Big Indian, the DeBruce in Livingston Manor, Scribner’s Catskill Lodge in Hunter, Eastwind Hotel & Bar in Windham, the Graham & Co. in Phoenicia, Wm Farmer and Sons in Hudson, and the brand-new (as of 2022) Wildflower Farms in Gardiner, which was on AFAR’s list of the best new hotels in 2022.

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Family-run wineries, orchards, farms, and seafood shacks characterize Long Island’s North Fork.

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3. North Fork, Long Island, New York

  • Distance : two hours by car; three hours by train from Penn Station
  • Best for : Wine, food, and ocean vistas

Local wineries. Bucolic pastures. Farm-to-table food scenes. Oysters and lobster rolls up and down the coast. The North Fork feels worlds away from the concrete jungle of New York City , though it’s only 90 miles out to the northeastern peninsula.

What to do in the North Fork

A weekend on the North Fork isn’t complete without some winetasting. Long Island’s terroir has drawn comparisons to French wines—specifically France’s Bordeaux region—and Napa Valley in California because these wine countries share roughly the same latitude. Spend an afternoon exploring vineyards along the Long Island Wine Trail; Kontokosta Winery is the North Fork’s only waterfront winery, located in Greenport, and Castello di Borghese Vineyard and Winery is the region’s oldest vineyard.

To experience the area’s beautiful beaches, charter a boat with Peconic Water Sports and spend the day on the bay, or hop the ferry from downtown Greenport and relax on Shelter Island, a nature-filled refuge between the North and South Forks. Rent a bike on-property at Sound View and head toward Greenport’s main avenue to shop vintage clothes, vinyl records, and antique home decor at superbly curated boutique shops such as the Times Vintage and Lido . For lunch, head to Little Creek Oyster Farm & Market to enjoy shuck-your-own oysters, and don’t miss lunch or dinner at Salumeria Sarto , a tiny, 16-seat Italian restaurant on the waterfront that’s a Salumeria by day and Osteria by night.

Where to stay in the North Fork

Make for North Fork’s largest town, Greenport, which offers a laid-back alternative to flashier Long Island escapes like the Hamptons. Use Sound View Greenport as your base for the weekend—the revamped 1950s motel is now a 55-room waterfront hotel with a private beach, mixing New England modernist with coastal minimalism (think crisp, clean lines everywhere). Its sister property, Harborfront Inn at Greenport , is another family-friendly option.

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Boat houses along Seventh Lake in the Adirondacks, New York, with tall evergreen trees in background

Be sure to visit Seventh Lake while in the Adirondacks—especially during the summertime.

4. Adirondacks, New York

  • Distance : 4.5 hours by car via the Taconic State Parkway
  • Best for : Exploring a state park filled with old-growth forests

With the everyday hustle and bustle of life in the metropolis, it’s easy to forget that a 6-million-acre state park —larger than Yellowstone , the Everglades, Glacier, and Grand Canyon National Parks combined—can be reached within the boundaries of New York State, just under five hours from Manhattan. The Adirondacks contain state-protected preserves filled with old-growth forests, waterfalls, glistening streams, and sparkling lakes, but because the area isn’t a national park, there’s no entrance fee.

What to do in the Adirondacks

Visitors can canoe or kayak on Lake George, a 32-mile-long body of water nicknamed “The Queen of American Lakes” in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. The state park also has more than 2,000 miles of hiking trails that cater to every skill level, from low-key nature strolls to strenuous summit climbs up the Adirondack High Peaks.

Where to stay in the Adirondacks

For a true Adirondack experience, spend the weekend at a historic “Adirondack Great Camp .” During the early 20th century, industrial behemoths of the Gilded Age vacationed in the Adirondack Mountains, where they built mansion-like log cabins decorated with granite fireplaces and furniture crafted from branches. Today, you can stay in a number of these lodges, including The Point , a great camp built by William Avery Rockefeller on 75 acres of Saranac Lake shorefront nearly a century ago, and White Pine Camp , the one-time Summer White House of President Calvin Coolidge.

Interior of lobby at Tourists Hotel (L) and exterior of MASS Moca in the Berkshires, New York

For an art and culture-filled getaway, head to the Berkshires, with a stay at the hotel Tourists (left) and a visit to museum MASS MoCA (right).

Photos by Lyndsey Matthews

5. Berkshires, Massachusetts

  • Distance : 3.5 hours by car via the Taconic State Parkway
  • Best for : An art-filled escape

Adventure and art enthusiasts will find their ideal getaway in the Berkshires, a mountainous area in western Massachusetts that, in recent years, has become a Northeastern epicenter of culture thanks to a rush of entrepreneurs transforming the region’s formerly derelict buildings into contemporary galleries and lodging.

What to do in the Berkshires

Stay the weekend in North Adams, a small city near the Vermont state line that’s home to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) , a 19th-century factory mill complex turned modern center for world-class art. Roam more than 2,000 square feet of the museum’s sprawling exhibition space, then head outdoors to nearby Mount Greylock and traverse hiking trails that lead to the highest point in Massachusetts.

Where to stay in the Berkshires

Check into Tourists , a sleek, ecofriendly lodge opened in 2018 by John Stirratt (the bassist with the Chicago alt-rock group Wilco) in North Adams’s previously rundown Redwood Motel.

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Aerial view of harbor and land spit with lighthouse at Nantucket

Nantucket isn’t the quickest weekend getaway from New York, but it’s worth the journey.

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6. Nantucket, Massachusetts

  • Distance : six hours by car and ferry
  • Best for : Eating-fresh seafood

Nantucket is an ideal destination for anyone who wants to eat (and eat, and eat), buy books , ride a bike to the beach, learn about the whaling industry , fly a kite, all while marveling at the iconic 1700s clapboard homes.

What to do in Nantucket

Head to The Nautilus , which has a location in Nantucket and one in Boston, for its stand-out cocktails and fusion menu (Korean and Hawaiian small plates all the way to Szechuan-style dandan noodles and a mind-blowing Peking duck). Its sister restaurant the Gaslight is popular among locals for its low-key setting, killer yakitori, and live music. Pick up sandwiches from Born and Bread for a beach picnic, or dig into a dish of oysters from Cru while sitting on the waterfront.

Whether or not you’re a history buff, the Whaling Museum is a must-do to learn the basics of Nantucket’s past—the Wampanoag people, notable abolitionists and suffragettes, 19th-century industry and transportation—as well as its legacy in the whaling industry. Private and self-guided walking tours of the island’s historic neighborhoods and architecture are also a highlight. Nantucket is also the perfect place to rent a bike—try Young’s Bicycle Shop on Broad Street or Nantucket Bike Shop —and follow any of these recommended bike paths .

Where to stay in Nantucket

Near Main Street, historic three-story brick mansion Jared Coffin House has gorgeous rooms that celebrate history-making women, like abolitionists Anna Gardner and Lucretia Coffin Mott. Greydon House has one of our favorite outdoor terraces though boutique hotel, Life House is a close contender with its outdoor firepit and relaxed, convivial vibe. Luxurious White Elephant has multiple residences and suites for families, while the Nantucket Hotel and Resort has a terrific pool and kids club.

Getting to Nantucket

From New York City, it’s a deceptively long trip by car: a five-hour drive to Hyannis on Cape Cod, where you pick up the high-speed ferry that gets you to Nantucket in an hour. From late April through early December, Tradewind Aviation runs scheduled flights between Nantucket Memorial Airport and Teterboro, New Jersey; and White Plains, New York. (Private charters are available between Nantucket and Farmingdale and Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.) It takes about an hour and costs $875.

A small motorboat and a white sailboat in calm water, with large, white three-story building in background surrounded by tall trees in Greenwich

Greenwich boasts four beaches on the Long Island Sound: Greenwich Point, Byram Beach, Island Beach (Little Captain’s Island), and Great Captain’s Island.

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7. Greenwich, Connecticut

  • Distance : one hour by train from Grand Central
  • Best for : A relaxing coastal getaway

Only an hour by train from Manhattan, Greenwich, Connecticut, is commonly noted as the “Gateway to New England.” For weekend visitors, the affluent community offers many of the cosmopolitan comforts found in New York City (high-end shopping, spas, and upscale restaurants), but unlike the city, Greenwich’s hot spots are set among the green landscapes and relaxing vibe of coastal Connecticut.

What to do in Greenwich

Don’t leave Greenwich without trying fresh seafood at L’Escale , a palatial waterfront restaurant inside the upscale hotel, Delamar Greenwich Harbor . If shopping stays high on your travel agenda, head to the luxury boutiques along the central Greenwich Avenue (nicknamed “the Ave”) and browse the latest trends at stores such as Hermès and Saks. For more laid-back R&R, visit nearby recreational areas like Byram Shore Park and Great Captain’s Island , or head to Greenwich Point Park to enjoy a long sunset stroll alongside the sweeping Long Island Sound.

Where to stay in Greenwich

Book a room in the waterside Delamar Greenwich Harbor hotel; some guest rooms have balconies overlooking the harbor. Or check-in to a luxurious suite at the J House Greenwich . Both hotels are excellent options for a wellness moment, with full-service spas on site.

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The quaint seaside town of Mystic is about so much more than pizza.

8. Mystic, Connecticut

  • Distance : three hours by car; four hours by Amtrak from Penn Station
  • Best for : Pizza, beer, and learning about the town’s nautical history

Even if you’re not obsessed with the 1988 Julia Roberts rom-com focused on Mystic Pizza and set in Mystic itself, come for the same riverside charm that delighted screenwriter Amy Jones. Historic downtown Mystic looks every part a New England village, picture pretty with clapboard homes and storefronts, colonial-era steeples, and old sea captains’ residences. It’s the kind of family-friendly getaway where you’ll slow down, sip cider from a 19th-century mill, check out the iconic aquarium, and eat. And eat. And eat.

What to do in Mystic

Don’t feel guilty about multiple stops at Sift Bake Shop , co-owned by pastry chef Adam Young, a Food Network “Best Baker in America”—or that you’re chasing the sticky bun with an apple cider doughnut and hot cider a short drive away at B. F. Clyde’s Cider Mill . The last steam-powered cider mill in the United States (c. 1881), B.F. Clyde’s feels like a time warp. Make a reservation at Oyster Club or Shipwright’s Daughter for a fancier dinner out without the kids. And, of course, eat a slice or two at memorabilia-heavy Mystic Pizza .

Spend a morning exploring the locally owned shops in downtown Mystic ( Trove Men’s Provisions feels like an old-school haberdashery and Hang the Moon focuses on women-made, ecofriendly, and ethical gifts). Don’t sleep on the town’s most iconic activities: The Olde Mistick Village is fun for the family, especially the year-round Sofia’s Mystical Christmas shop and Deviant Donuts. Nearby Mystic Aquarium is a standout with beluga whales, sharks, African penguins, seals, sea lions, and more—though we imagine we had you at beluga whales.

Where to stay in Mystic The Whaler’s Inn has more than 150 years of heritage—one building was the residence of a shipbuilding family in the 1800s, another was an upscale hotel that opened in 1861. Following an elegant renovation in 2018, the present-day Whaler’s Inn feels like a de facto gathering spot for visitors—centrally located in downtown Mystic, with a wraparound porch and big picture windows overlooking the river. It also has family-friendly rooms, including a suite with bunk beds for the kids.

Aerial view of old brick buildings in Philadelphia

Public street art in Philadelphia is so widespread that the city has been nicknamed “the mural capital of the United States.”

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9. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Distance : 1.5 hours by train from Penn Station
  • Best for : Culture, history, and food in a smaller city

It may not seem like much of a “getaway” to travel from one urban destination to another, but the City of Brotherly Love offers plenty of perks for culture-seeking New Yorkers looking to spend a few days in a slightly smaller city.

What to do in Philadelphia

Philly is an exciting food city, offering dishes well beyond the beloved cheesesteak (although plenty of iconic establishments serve the namesake dish). Sample fine foods in the Reading Terminal Market , where stalls sling everything from cured meats to fresh cheeses and mouth-watering desserts. Or book a table at top-rated Philly restaurants such as Laurel in East Passyunk or Zahav in Society Hill.

For history lovers, there’s no end to the landmarks and significant buildings on offer in Philly, such as the iconic Liberty Bell with its infamous crack or Independence Hall , where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were both signed in the late 1700s. Museum enthusiasts should definitely plan to visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art , but the jewel in Philly’s cultural crown is undoubtedly its vibrant street art scene. Don’t leave the city without taking a Mural Arts Philadelphia tour to view buildings that have been transformed by imaginative murals.

Where to stay in Philadelphia

Located on the top 12 floors of the Comcast Center, the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia has a 60th-floor Sky Lobby with sweeping city views, plus 219 serene guest rooms. For something trendier, try the Notary Hotel , which offers luxury lodgings in the former City Hall Annex, or Fitler Club , a private-club-meets-hotel with an unmatched spa.

This article originally appeared online in 2016; it was most recently updated in August 2023, to include current information. Additional reporting by Lyndsey Matthews and Erika Owen.

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There’s no doubt that New York City has tons to offer, but if you’re a local looking for something else or you’re visiting for more than a couple of days, it’s worth taking a weekend getaway from NYC . Thanks to the Big Apple’s location, it’s conveniently close to all kinds of destinations. So, whether you’re looking for an NYC beach getaway or the best mountain getaways near NYC , it’s totally possible.

You can find great full-day tours from New York , although it’s easier to rent a car (in case you don’t have one) so you can explore at your own pace. Also, if you have more than a weekend, you may want to check out our NYC road trips article.

In this guide, I’ll share the 15 best NYC weekend getaways , from romantic escapes in nature to exciting city adventures. I’ll also give you the mileage and driving time for each trip, as well as a map so you can plan accordingly. Now, let’s get started!

1. Mystic, CT, a fun weekend getaway from NYC

♦ 135 miles, 2 hrs 30 mins total driving

Mystic is the perfect name for this breathtaking town, as this little village exudes New England charm. Tucked away in Stonington, CT, Mystic was a popular seaport in the 18 th and 19 th centuries, and today it’s home to the Mystic Seaport , one of the country’s most significant maritime museums. Best of all, Mystic is just 2.5 hours from the Big Apple, so it makes for a beautiful weekend getaway from NYC .

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Along with the Mystic Seaport, another huge attraction here is the Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration , which specializes in marine biology research and rehabilitation. You can also visit the Mystic Museum of Art or walk through the historic downtown district. Olde Mistick Village is modeled after the Colonial style of the early 1700s and features a drawbridge, pond, and central gazebo, so it feels like you’re a character in a period drama.

If you love the outdoors, you’ll find miles of hiking trails at the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center , Haley Farm State Park , and Beebe Pond Park. There is even a public beach here, Williams Beach Park . Finally, the Mystic River runs through town and offers all kinds of recreation including kayaking, paddle boarding, boating, and romantic evening cruises.

  • Recommended accommodation : The Whaler’s Inn is a historic hotel on Main Street, right along the river, with uniquely-designed rooms and suites. It’s also just minutes away from the Mystic Seaport, the Aquarium, and the Museum of Art.

2. Cape May, NJ, the best beach getaway from NYC

♦ 160 miles, 2 hrs 40 mins total driving

Without a doubt, Cape May is one of the best beach getaways from NYC . This historic resort town is known for its Victorian mansions, cozy inns, vintage shops, and white sandy shoreline, which is why it’s among the best beaches in New Jersey .

It’ll take a bit of driving to get to the southern tip of New Jersey, but at under three hours, it’s completely worth it. Besides, there are plenty of family-friendly activities to do here, from outdoor recreation to museums.

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I recommend visiting the historic Cape May Lighthouse , which is over 60 years old and stands 157 feet tall. Also, the Emlen Physick Estate is an old mansion from 1879 that’s now a beautiful museum, and the Historic Cold Spring Village is a living-history museum where you can experience life in colonial New Jersey.

Moreover, Cape May is ideal for nature enthusiasts since you can hike at Cape May Point State Park , look for sea glass at Sunset Beach , and go parasailing on the Atlantic Ocean. Whale-watching in Cape May is one of the most popular things to do here, and while there are many tours available, I recommend this sunset dolphin-watching cruise .

  • Recommended accommodation : Check-in at Angel of the Sea Bed and Breakfast , a historic Colonial house from 1850 with free parking, complimentary gourmet breakfast, afternoon tea service as well as complimentary evening wine & cheese and antipasti reception. The hotel is less than a 1-minute walk from the beach and most rooms provide ocean views.

3. Hudson, NY, a romantic getaway from New York City

♦ 125 miles, 2 hrs 20 mins total driving

For a romantic fall weekend getaway from NYC , head to Hudson, NY . Often called the “Brooklyn of the Hudson Valley,” this place gives you a downtown feel in upstate New York. Like Brooklyn, Hudson has a hipster, bohemian feel, so if you love browsing art galleries and vintage shops, and sipping drinks at coffeehouses and cocktail bars, go here.

This cultural hub has long been a top weekend getaway in upstate New York thanks to its historic homes and quaint attractions. Among them are the Historic Hudson Opera House , the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse , and the Museum of Firefighting .

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That said, you can also find outdoor activities in Hudson, like hiking at the base of the Catskill Mountains , taking a nature walk at Henry Hudson River Park , or visiting Green Acres Farm . As I said, Hudson is ideal for a fall vacation, as the autumn foliage looks beautiful, especially from Promenade Hill along the Hudson River.

If you visit during the summer, you can witness one of the largest free music festivals in New York, the Hudson Music Festival.

  • Recommended accommodation : Nest Hudson is a beautiful accommodation in the heart of downtown Hudson, NY. It’s close to the Hudson Athens Lighthouse and Promenade Hill, plus it has a terrace, gardens, and guest rooms with private bathrooms and kitchenettes.

4. Hunter, NY, another great weekend getaway from NYC

♦ 130 miles, 2 hrs 30 mins total driving

Hunter, NY is the perfect place for a mountain getaway near NYC since it’s located in the Great Northern Catskill Mountains. This means you can take advantage of adventurous activities like skiing, snow tubing, and more.  Many visitors come here during the winter months when they can go to the Hunter Mountain Ski Area , which includes Hunter Mountain Resort and its 240 acres of slopes and trails.

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During the warmer months, you can experience the rush of the highest and longest zipline in North America through the New York Zipline Adventure Tour . This wild attraction takes you 600 feet above the ground as you reach speeds up to 50 mph as you zip from peak to peak. Another summer activity is riding the Hunter Mountain Scenic Skyride to the 3,200-foot mountain summit while gazing at the Northern Catskills, the Berkshires, and the Green Mountains in the distance.

As you can see, Hunter offers some of the best things to do in New York State , so it’s an excellent long weekend trip from NYC .

  • Recommended accommodation : The best place to stay in Hunter is the Hunter Inn , a quiet hotel with free parking, Wi-Fi, and a game room. It’s also very close to Hunter Mountain and New York Zipline Adventures.

5. The Hamptons, a luxurious weekend getaway from NYC

♦ 95 miles, 2 hrs total driving

The Hamptons take up the eastern portion of Long Island and are home to some of the best beaches near NYC , so they make for the perfect summer weekend getaway from New York . In fact, the Hamptons have a long history as a summer destination for New Yorkers, and it’s not hard to see why.

Some of the things to do in the Hamptons include immersing yourself in a peaceful setting that combines rural charm and modern luxury. Among the beaches here are beautiful Cooper’s Beach , the surfing beaches in Montauk, and Main Beach in East Hampton, where you can surf, kayak, and swim.

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A few small villages dot the coastline of the Hamptons, each with its unique characteristics. There’s the traditional hamlet of Sag Harbor , the beach town of East Hampton , and the charming, well-known town of Southampton . You could easily spend a couple’s New York weekend getaway in the Hamptons, perusing the art galleries, shopping at the boutiques, eating at sidewalk cafes, and sipping away at a winery. You can even find hikes and nature walks scattered throughout the villages.

If you’re not sure where to start, consider this Hamptons day trip from NYC , which includes all the highlights.

  • Recommended accommodation : The Southampton Inn is the perfect place to stay in Southampton, as it combines a summer cottage vibe with modern conveniences. The hotel has free parking, a pool, a game room, and it’s a few minutes from Cooper’s Beach.

6. Mohonk Preserve, NY, one of the best cheap NYC weekend getaways

♦ 100 miles, 2 hrs total driving

Just two hours from the Big Apple, in New Paltz, NY, is the Mohonk Preserve , an 8,000-acre region in the Shawangunk Mountains. The preserve was created to protect this beautiful area and teach visitors about the wonders of the natural world.

While you’re here, you can learn more at the Daniel Smiley Research Center and the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center , where you’ll find free maps, information, and the Weinstein Butterfly Garden . Also, if you love hiking, you’ll be happy to hear that there are dozens of trails here, including the Bonticou Crag Trail that overlooks a scenic valley.

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Besides hiking, the Mohonk Preserve offers biking, horseback riding, skiing, and rock climbing opportunities, as well as camping at the Samuel F. Pryor III Shawangunk Gateway Campground . Overall, the Mohonk Preserve is one of the top day trips from NYC and can make for an excellent quick NYC weekend getaway .

  • Recommended accommodation : The picturesque Minnewaska Lodge in Gardiner is a few miles from the Mohonk Preserve and Lake Minnewaska State Park. The oak furniture and cabin décor give the inn a super rustic vibe that’s perfect for staying in upstate NY. If you’re looking for an all-inclusive resort in NY , Mohonk Mountain House is a great option too.

7. The Berkshires, MA, a nice couples weekend getaway from New York

♦ 145 miles, 2 hrs 40 mins total driving

Nestled in the western region of Massachusetts, the Berkshires are a natural wonderland of hiking trails, ski slopes, museums, and historic landmarks. With its vast array of activities and attractions, a trip to the Berkshires makes for a fantastic family weekend getaway from NYC .

Art and history lovers will appreciate the wide range of museums and monuments here, including the Berkshire Art Museum , Clark Art Institute , Herman Melville Arrowhead Home , and Norman Rockwell Museum .

Moreover, the Berkshires offer plenty of opportunities to explore the great outdoors, such as the Natural Bridge and Wahconah Falls state parks, the Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center , and the hiking trails at Monument Mountain .

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Speaking of hikes, some of the best trails in the Berkshires include the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail , the Basin Pond Trail , and a portion of the Appalachian Trail .

While this region is great for families, it can also make for a romantic getaway from NYC , especially if you visit one of the botanical gardens here. If you’re visiting with kids, check out Ramblewild Adventure Park or the Berkshire Scenic Railway . During the winter, you can go skiing or tubing at one of the mountain resorts; in the summer, try renting a canoe or kayak at one of the lakes or ponds.

  • Recommended accommodation : The Black Swan Lee – Lenox Hotel in the foothills of the Berkshires is close to museums, shops, ski slopes, and other attractions. The property has a beautiful lake for swimming and boating, too.

8. Newport, RI, a unique weekend getaway from New York City

♦ 185 miles, 3 hrs 15 mins total driving

A few hours from the fast-paced environment of NYC, you’ll find the quaint New England ambiance of Newport, RI . This resort town is known for its significant 18 th -century port and historic mansions, so if you’re craving a getaway from NYC in a summer cottage, this is the spot.

One of the most striking parts of this city is the Newport Historic District , which boasts picturesque colonial-era mansions and the White Horse Tavern, one of the oldest in the country. If you want to bring home some souvenirs or gifts, head to Thames Street for some boutique shopping.

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Another fun thing to do as a family or couple is to stroll the 3.5-mile Newport Cliff Walk along the Narragansett Bay. The Newport waterfront truly is a lovely centerpiece of this town, with its beaches, parks, and picnic areas with bay views. One of the best ways to experience this place is by traveling along Ocean Drive , which meanders past Brenton Point State Park and ends at Fort Adams . It’s worth stopping at this huge fortress for the military architecture and views of the Castle Hill Lighthouse .

There’s no doubt that this is one of the best places for a weekend getaway from NYC , and you can see all this and more on this scenic trolley tour through Newport.

  • Recommended accommodation : The centrally-located Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina is clean, comfortable, and offers waterfront views. It’s close to several Newport attractions, including the Newport Cliff Walk.

9. Harriman State Park, NY, the best quick weekend getaway from NYC

♦ 42 miles, 1 hr total driving

If you’re short on time, Harriman State Park makes for a great one-day getaway from NYC . This huge state park is a favorite among hikers and nature lovers since it has some of the best hikes near New York City .

Some of the park’s most popular hiking routes include 18 miles of the Appalachian Trail , the Blue Disc Trail , and the Long Path . There are also dozens of lakes and ponds where you can see native wildlife and camp overnight. Lake Sebago is the largest lake in the state park and is home to ducks, otters, white-tailed deer, and other creatures.

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Best of all, Harriman State Park is a cheap weekend getaway from NYC since it’s nearby and out in nature. You can go in the summer and enjoy the beaches and lookout points or visit during the winter for ice skating and snowshoeing.

  • Recommended accommodation : Stay at The Overlook Lodge & Stone Cottages at Bear Mountain for views of the Hudson River and Hessian Lake. It has woodland hiking trails, an ice skating rink, and a pool, plus it’s less than a 15-minute drive to Harriman State Park.

10. Island Beach State Park, another great beach getaway from NYC

♦ 90 miles, 1 hr 45 mins total driving

Visiting Island Beach State Park is my favorite thing to do in New Jersey , and it’s one of the best beach getaways from NYC . This lovely park is less than two hours from the city, and it’s nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Barnegat Bay, so it offers amazing views and tranquility.

What makes this park so special is that it has maintained its pristine environment, which includes a 10-mile white sand beach, coastal forests, tidal marshes, and wetlands. Rather than competing for a spot on the beach or hearing the rowdy sounds of the boardwalk, here you can escape from the noise and enjoy a beautiful, mostly untouched natural wonder.

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Also, Island Beach State Park is home to various wildlife and marine species, including dolphins, herons, horseshoe crabs, foxes, and the largest colony of ospreys in New Jersey. You can swim, fish, and kayak throughout the park, and if you go kayaking on Barnegat Bay, you paddle through the water trails at the Sedge Islands Marine Conservation Zone .

All in all, I love this state park for its peaceful ambiance, wild nature, and the opportunity to explore a rustic yet well-maintained beach. If you’re a nature lover, this is a quick beach weekend getaway from NYC that I highly recommend!

  • Recommended accommodation : Sleep at the Windjammer Motor Inn , which is steps from the beach and about five miles from Island Beach State Park. The motel has an on-site restaurant, free beach tags, and it’s close to amusements and waterparks.

11. The Catskills, a beautiful upstate getaway from New York City

♦ 135 miles, 2 hrs 35 mins total driving

If you’re looking for a winter weekend getaway in NYC , consider visiting The Catskills . Located in southeastern New York, the Catskills are part of the Appalachian mountain range and boast absolutely gorgeous scenery and views.

The Catskills have inspired writers and artists, including the painters of the Hudson River School, and the mountains were once a hotspot for vacationing New Yorkers. These days, you’ll find way fewer crowds here, but that means you’ll be able to have a quiet mountain getaway near NYC .

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You’ll find everything here from stunning vistas and waterfalls to ski resorts, hiking trails, and river rapids. Many visitors opt to stay in one of the neighboring towns, such as Catskill, Phoenicia, Saugerties, or Woodstock.

During the warmer months, go tubing on Esopus Creek , which makes a sharp 270° turn around Panther Mountain, or brave the rapids on a rafting trip. Another popular activity is hiking and biking along the Catskill Scenic Trail . You’ll find thousands of miles of hiking trails in the Catskills, although some of the best routes are the Ashokan Rail Trail and Giant Ledge , which offers incredible views. It’s also worth doing the Kaaterskill Falls Trail to the tallest cascading waterfall in New York, at 260 feet. In the wintertime, enjoy skiing and snowboarding at five ski resorts, including Belleayre Mountain .

  • Recommended accommodation : The Catskill Mountain Lodge accepts pets and offers ski passes to nearby Hunter Mountain and other ski resorts. It has an on-site restaurant, two pools, and it’s a short drive to Kaaterskill Falls.

12. Beacon, NY, another easy weekend getaway from NYC

♦ 70 miles, 1 hr 30 mins total driving

Many New Yorkers would agree that the Hudson Valley is great for a quick weekend getaway from NYC . If you decide to go, be sure to check out Beacon, NY , which is known for its historic neighborhoods, landmarks, parks, and art.

In particular, Beacon has a lively contemporary art scene, so you’ll find lots of museums and galleries here. Dia Beacon is the most notable and the largest contemporary art gallery in the U.S.

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You can also find natural beauty at Beacon’s expansive parks, like the Hudson Highlands State Park and Mt. Beacon Park . The former boasts panoramic views of the Hudson Valley, while the latter offers spectacular lookout points after a challenging climb.

While exploring Beacon’s surrounding areas, check out the ruins of Bannerman Castle , an abandoned warehouse used by the military. Other historic buildings around Beacon include the Howland Cultural Center , the Reformed Church of Beacon , the 18 th -century Madam Brett Homestead , and the Eustatia cottage, built in the Victorian Gothic style.

Moreover, Beacon is just 1.5 hours from the Big Apple, so it’s one of the top things to do outside NYC , especially if you’re craving some outdoor time.

  • Recommended accommodation : Stay at the lovely Beacon Hermitage , a bed and breakfast surrounded by landscaped gardens in the Hudson River Valley. It’s about three miles from downtown Beacon’s galleries and shops.

13. Philadelphia, PA, an amazing long weekend trip from NYC

♦ 95 miles, 1 hr 40 mins total driving

Philadelphia is close to my heart since I lived here for five years. You can easily take this NYC getaway by train or car, and there is never a bad time to visit. Philly is known for its rich revolutionary history and monumental landmarks like Independence Hall , the Liberty Bell , and the Betsy Ross House .

The City of Brotherly Love also offers tons of arts and culture, from the renowned Philadelphia Orchestra and public art to significant institutions like the Barnes Foundation and the Rodin Museum . The Philadelphia Museum of Art is famous for its collections of classic American, Asian, and European art, and its appearance in Rocky , and many visitors mimic the protagonist’s run up the art museum stairs. You can even pose with a statue of Rocky at the north side of the museum.

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Other fun things to do here include visiting Spruce Harbor Park at Penn’s Landing and trying typical Philly foods like cheesesteaks, water ice, and soft pretzels. We have a complete guide on the best things to do in Philadelphia , so be sure to check that out, too.

Moreover, the city isn’t far from Lancaster County, where you can see horse-drawn buggies and taste the amazing Amish baked goods. You can even take a day trip from NYC to Philadelphia like this one that also includes a stop at Amish Country , so it makes for one of the best weekend getaways from NYC .

  • Recommended accommodation : Motto by Hilton Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square is in one of the best neighborhoods in Philly, close to museums, galleries, shops, and cafes. Along with the modern accommodations, there is an on-site restaurant, bar, and gym. For other options, check our guide on where to stay in Philadelphia.

14. The Poconos, PA, a wonderful mountain weekend getaway from NYC

♦ 110 miles, 2 hrs total driving

The Poconos is an extraordinary place to visit in Pennsylvania , and when we lived on the East Coast, we’d spend a weekend here every winter. The Poconos Mountains are in northwestern PA and overlook the Allegheny Plateau and the Delaware Water Gap. Here, you can witness the most striking natural areas and enjoy one of the best mountain getaways near NYC .

There are six ski resorts here, including Blue Mountain , Camelback , and Jack Frost/Big Boulder , so there is no shortage of winter activities. Off the slopes, it’s worth visiting Jim Thorpe , a quaint town with breweries, restaurants, and shops.

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While we liked visiting during the winter, you can also go to the Poconos in the spring or summer. If you go during this time, you can hike through the beautiful Bushkill Falls area, which has eight waterfalls including the 100-foot-tall Main Falls. I also recommend Lehigh Gorge State Park , which is a popular spot for white-water rafting, and Promised Land State Park , which has lovely second-growth forests and a couple of lakes. Here, you can go swimming, boating, birding, biking, camping, ice skating, and hiking on 50 miles of trails.

  • Recommended accommodation : Conveniently located near Jim Thorpe, Mount Pocono, and Camelback, Best Western Inn at Blakeslee – Pocono is a good choice. The hotel offers free parking, Wi-Fi, pet-friendly rooms, and a pool.

15. Greenwich, CT, another NYC weekend getaway you should do

♦ 35 miles, 1 hr total driving

New York City is just one hour from Greenwich , an affluent area on Connecticut’s Gold Coast with a bustling downtown, magnificent parks, lovely beaches, and historical buildings. In other words, it’s ideal for a last-minute getaway from NYC !

Greenwich’s downtown district has everything you need for an afternoon of culture, from its museums and art galleries to high-end shops, restaurants, and spas. If you want to learn more about Greenwich’s history, visit some of its colonial buildings like the Thomas Lyon House or the Bush-Holley House . Another historic gem is Putnam’s Cottage (or Knapp’s Tavern), which served General George Washington and his troops during the Revolutionary War.

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For some time in nature, head to Greenwich Point Park , home to the best beach in Greenwich, with views of the NYC skyline in the distance. You could also take the ferry to Island Beach or visit Great Captain’s Island , where you can go birdwatching and see the esteemed lighthouse.

Finally, I recommend Montgomery Pinetum Park for its rare coniferous trees, and Pomerance Park , which has a scenic wooded pond. Nestled between Greenwich and Stamford is the Mianus River State Park , which covers 400 acres of forests, wetlands, and gardens. With all these attractions and activities, there’s no reason not to take a long weekend trip from NYC to Greenwich.

  • Recommended accommodation : The J House Greenwich Hotel is conveniently located between Greenwich and Stamford, close to Putnam Cottage and Montgomery Pinetum Park.

And those are the 15 best weekend getaways from NYC ! Would you believe that New York City is close to so many incredible places? You can see all of them on the downloadable map below.

If you’ve been to any of these places, or you have a question about these getaways from NYC , leave me a comment below. Have a safe trip!

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30 Best Weekend Getaways From NYC — Quick Trips!

Janik Godoy

Gather your friends, family, or partner as you go on one of the best weekend getaways from NYC.

Around New York City, many spectacular things await you, like well-renowned restaurants, diverse museums, high-energy bars, fun-filled entertainment centers, and plenty more.

You can spend your vacation exploring neighboring cities, going on an outdoor adventure, relaxing at a luxurious hotel, and doing a plethora of other enjoyable activities.

I understand how time-consuming it can get to plan the perfect weekend trip with your travel buddies.

So, to make things easier for you, I gathered all your outstanding choices below to guarantee a spectacular time that you will remember for years to come!

1. Bear Mountain State Park

Bear Mountain State Park

Route 9W North Bear Mountain, NY 10911 (845) 786-2701

Bear Mountain State Park, established in 1913, is a highly acclaimed 5200-acre outdoor attraction welcoming more than two million visitors annually.

You can find it in the counties of Orange and Rockland, roughly an hour’s drive from New York City.

It features a beautiful natural landscape with towering trees, rich greenery, glimmering lakes, majestic mountain peaks, and more that changes with the seasons.

Enjoy thrilling activities like cross-country skiing, hiking to the mountain peak to appreciate mesmerizing views, fishing, biking, sledding, snowshoeing, camping, boating, and many others.

Onsite amenities include a seasonal outdoor rink for ice skating, a merry-go-round, a swimming pool, an informative nature center, playgrounds for children, and so much more.

2. Asbury Park

Asbury Park

Asbury Park is an oceanfront city in Monmouth County on the Jersey Shore of New Jersey.

It is the ideal destination if you’re looking for last minute weekend getaways from NYC because it is a mere 1-hour and 10-minute drive away.

Here, you have a fun time lazing on a sandy shoreline, sightseeing, having a leisurely time at a cafe, dining at a local eatery, and more.

Visit places like the Asbury Park Boardwalk, boasting eclectic boutiques, live music, colorful murals, vendors selling tasty snacks, a vibrant nightlife, and several dining choices .

Have a blast indoors at the Silverball Retro Arcade, featuring numerous pinball machines dating from the 1930s to the present.

Prepare to be amazed as you watch a jaw-dropping live show at the Paramount Theater, an intimate and premier live music venue with a stunning architectural design.

You can also beat the heat at Asbury Splash Park, sample exquisite alcoholic drinks at Asbury Park Distilling, and view mesmerizing artwork at the Parlor Gallery.

Beacon

Beacon, nicknamed the Tree City, is a city nestled on the banks of the Hudson River in the Dutches County of New York.

It is the ideal destination to go on one of the best romantic getaways from NYC, about one hour and thirty minutes away.

Bond with your partner touring art museums, like Dia Beacon, featuring contemporary and modern pieces, and Hudson Beach Glass, displaying hand-crafted functional glass and jewelry.

Go on a date as you walk hand-in-hand along Main Street, where you can discover laid-back breweries, restaurants serving foreign cuisine, boutique shops, and countless others.

Get the chance to view a local jewel by signing up for a guided tour of Bannerman Castle, which also offers a dinner backed by gorgeous views, movie nights, and alluring theatrical events.

Spend quality time with your significant other enjoying activities like shopping at a local flea market, relaxing at a park, watching a live show at a theater, and so on.

Recommended Hotel: Comfort Suites Fishkill near Interstate 84

4. New Hope

New Hope

New Hope, PA 18938

New Hope, nestled on the Delaware River, is a charming borough in Bucks County in eastern Pennsylvania.

This town is a terrific option when looking for places to visit on your inexpensive weekend getaways near NYC because it offers many attractions without breaking the bank.

Take in the beauty and serenity of nature at the 164-acre Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, home to more than 700 plant species native to the state in a mesmerizing natural setting.

Watch an enthralling live show at the Bucks County Playhouse, a historical performance venue that welcomed the likes of Angela Lansbury, Dick Van Dyke, and Grace Kelly.

Have a leisurely time strolling through Solebury Orchards, a farm where you can pick seasonal produce, like apples, flowers, cherries, peaches, blueberries, and so much more.

Travel back in time by touring the Parry Mansion Museum, a historical home constructed in 1784 featuring furniture from various periods.

Recommended Hotel: Ghost Light Inn

5. New Paltz

New Paltz

New Paltz, NY 12561 (845) 255-0604

New Paltz, founded in 1678, is a riverfront town in the southeastern region of Ulster County of New York.

Have a blast on your NYC area weekend getaways by driving about one hour and thirty minutes to this quaint town.

Enjoy activities like exploring Historic Huguenot Street, a historical district featuring seven stone houses and other structures dating back to 1705.

Go on an outdoor excursion by heading to the Mohonk Preserve as you enjoy taking pictures of the gorgeous landscape, skiing, horseback riding, snowshoeing, hiking, and so on.

Catch up with your friends at the Robibero Winery, founded in 2010, where you can enjoy wine tasting backed by picture-perfect scenery and a relaxed ambiance.

Immerse yourself in eye-catching artwork by touring the DM Weil Gallery and shopping for souvenirs at its gift shop.

Recommended Hotel: Hampton Inn by Hilton New Paltz, NY

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Hudson

Hudson, NY 12534

Hudson, nicknamed the Friendly City, is the seat of Columbia County and rests on the banks of a river of the same name.

Prepare to go on your long weekend trips from NYC as you drive over two hours to this laid-back metropolis.

Here, you can enjoy a myriad of activities, such as antique shopping, tour specialty museums, discover notable landmarks, and so much more.

Get the chance to tour a stunning historical landmark by exploring the Olana State Historic Site, a 19th-century house museum featuring an Exotic Revival architectural design.

The FASNY Museum of Firefighting is another must-visit for museum buffs, exhibiting more than 300 years of firefighting history through art, artifacts, 60 engines, apparatus, and so on.

Spend time by the waterfront by visiting the Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, featuring grassy lawns, captivating river views, paved pathways ideal for biking, and many others.

You can also visit the Hudson Area Library to catch up on some reading and head to the Carrie Haddad Gallery to view artwork of varying forms and media.

Recommended Hotel: Nest Hudson

7. Phoenicia

Phoenicia

Phoenicia, NY 12464

Phoenicia is a Shandaken hamlet in the Ulster County of New York, less than two hours and thirty minutes from New York City.

Enjoy year-round recreation as you go on one of the most memorable cheap vacations from NYC at Phoenicia.

Have a fun time outdoors at Woodland Valley State Park as you go camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing, taking pictures of the stunning landscape, and numerous others.

Spend time indoors by touring the Empire State Railway Museum, where you can view historic railroad equipment dating back to the 1960s.

Shop for unique finds by visiting the Mystery Spot Antiques, like vintage clothing, vinyl, old books, decor, and so much more.

Enjoy other activities like hiking through picturesque trails, watching a live show at a community theater, and so on.

Recommended Hotel: Phoenicia Lodge

8. Shelter Island

Shelter Island

Shelter Island, NY 11964-11965 (631) 749-0291

Shelter Island is a beautiful town in Suffolk County known for its gorgeous beaches.

Go on a cool overnight trip that you will remember for many years by driving less than three hours from New York City to Shelter Island.

Get a break from your daily routine as you explore the wonders of the Mashomack Preserve.

It encompasses over 2350 acres, featuring freshwater marshes, 11 miles of coastlines, mature oak woodlands, interlacing tidal creeks, and more.

Enjoy a fun cultural experience by visiting the Sylvester Manor Educational Farm, offering live concerts, cultural dances, interactive workshops, and more about the place, food, and culture.

Have a beachfront getaway by spending the day at Wades Beach, where you can relax on the shoreline, swim in the cool water, and have a lovely picnic.

Head to the Shelter Island Craft Brewery after a day of touring to sample refreshing beer crafted with locally sourced ingredients while bonding with your group.

Recommended Hotel: The Menhaden Hotel

9. The Berkshires

The Berkshires

The Berkshires, MA

The Berkshires, a range of the Appalachian Mountains, is a highland region in northwest Connecticut and western Massachusetts, less than a three-hour drive from NYC.

It has a bustling tourism industry featuring tourist hotspots based on outdoor recreation, arts, and music.

Discover its many attractions, like Tanglewood, showcasing live classical music performances and annual festivals frequented by famous acts such as James Taylor and the Boston Pops.

View jaw-dropping masterpieces by American painter and illustrator Norman Perceval Rockwell by visiting the Norman Rockwell Museum, boasting the largest collection of his work worldwide.

Do you want to go on the ultimate weekend vacation with your travel buddies?

Then, check into the Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort , where you can enjoy seasonal activities like skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, and more.

Recommended Hotel: Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort

Related: Weekend Trips in New York

10. Cape May

Cape May

Cape May, NJ 08204 (609) 884-9525

Cape May, incorporated in 1848, is a New Jersey resting on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay, about a 2-hour and 30-minute to 3-hour and 30-minute drive from NYC.

It is perfect when searching for places to go for a weekend trip near you to enjoy a wide array of activities.

Go on an oceanfront vacation by spending time at Cape May Beach, boasting a sandy shoreline, seasonal lifeguards, and several dining choices within walking distance.

Consider visiting the Jersey Shore Alpacas when traveling with your little ones and get the chance to interact with friendly alpacas.

You can also go on a fantastic shopping spree at the Washington Street Mall, sip fine wine at the Willow Creek Winery, and tour historic sites like the 19th-century Cape May Lighthouse.

Recommended Hotel: Buttonwood Boutique Hotel

11. Philadelphia

Philadelphia

Philadelphia , also known as Philly, is a Pennsylvanian metropolis and one of the largest cities in the United States.

It has much to offer you to guarantee a fun-filled time, like differently-themed sightseeing tours, spectacular dining establishments, and much more.

Prepare to be amazed by visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art and viewing over 240,000 artworks of diverse forms, periods, and countries.

Get the chance to view one of the most famous prisons in the world by touring the Eastern State Penitentiary, dating back to 1829.

Do you want to visit a historical landmark and a UNESCO World Heritage Site?

Then, explore Independence Hall, the birthplace of the US Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.

You can also appreciate enthralling city views at One Liberty Observation Deck and watch exciting sports games at Citizens Bank Park.

Recommended Hotel: The Rittenhouse Hotel

Related: Fun Day Trips From Philadelphia

12. The Hamptons

The Hamptons

The Hamptons Long Island, NY (631) 405-3902

The Hamptons, nestled on the East End of Long Island, is a section of seaside communities, including the towns of East Hampton and Southampton.

It is a superb option if you’re searching for places near NYC for vacation because it is less than two hours away.

Have a fun time touring historical sites, like the Montauk Point Lighthouse Museum, the fourth oldest lighthouse in the country, erected in 1796 and first lit in 1797.

Relax on a white sandy shoreline, bask under the sun, or swim in the cool water by enjoying a leisurely day at Coopers Beach.

Recommended Hotel: Southampton Inn

Related: Best Restaurants in Long Island

13. Montauk

Montauk

Montauk, NY

Montauk is a village and census-designated place in the oceanfront town of East Hampton in the Suffolk County of New York.

If you want to go on a beach getaway, NYC has many fantastic options less than three hours away, like the many terrific coastlines at this hamlet.

Head to places like the Hither Hills State Park, boasting a pristine beach, a playground to keep your kids well-entertained, tables for a fun time picnicking, scenic nature trails, and lots more.

Have a more adventurous time in the ocean by visiting the Ditch Plains, a popular destination for surfing and bodyboarding.

Spend time at a more family-friendly coastline, like the white-sand Kirk Park Beach, boasting seasonal lifeguards, well-maintained shower facilities, a parking lot, and accessible toilets.

You can also tour historic sites like the Montauk Point Lighthouse, dine at waterfront eateries at Gosman’s Dock, and numerous others.

Recommended Hotel: Montauk Manor

14. Cooperstown

Cooperstown

Cooperstown, NY 13326

Cooperstown, nestled on the banks of Otsego Lake, is the seat of Otsego County of New York.

Here, you can have an unforgettable time with your friends, loved ones, or significant other by touring various fascinating attractions.

Kick-start your tour by visiting the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, exhibiting baseball-related displays, like artifacts, over 250,000 photographs, moving images, and more.

Another must-see is the Farmers’ Museum, recreating rural life in the 1800s through workshops and over 24 historic buildings, like a farmstead, pharmacy, blacksmith, printing office, and so on.

Immerse yourself in stunning artwork by heading to the Fenimore Art Museum, a Neo-Georgian mansion from the 1930s displaying American Indian artifacts, landscape paintings, and folk art.

Visit the Glimmerglass State Park after touring diverse museums to enjoy camping, camping, ice fishing, cross-country skiing, hiking along scenic nature trails, biking, ice skating, and so on.

Recommended Hotel: The Railroad Inn

15. Newport

Newport

Newport, RI

Newport, nicknamed the City by the Sea, is a seaside metropolis on Aquidneck Island in the Newport County of Rhode Island.

Get a break from the Concrete Jungle of New York City by driving roughly four hours to Newport.

Have fun as you sign up for trolley tours, book a boat excursion, and try different guided excursions by local agencies.

Visit tourist hotspots like The Breakers, constructed in the 1890s, a Gilded Age mansion with a Neo-Italian Renaissance architectural design.

You can also go on a fantastic hike through the 3.5-mile Cliff Walk or have a memorable road trip along Ocean Drive.

Recommended Hotel: Marshall Slocum Inn

16. Bethlehem

Bethlehem

Bethlehem, nicknamed Christmas City, is a riverfront city in Northampton and Lehigh in Pennsylvania.

Are you looking for nearby cities to explore on your NYC weekend getaways?

Then this charming metropolis is the ideal choice because it is less than two hours away.

Enjoy an immersive tour experience at SteelStacks, showcasing entertaining live shows, immersive festivals, film screenings, and much more.

Have a unique time sightseeing by visiting the National Museum of Industrial History, showcasing fascinating exhibits about the rich industrial past of the United States.

A must-visit during the holidays is the Christkindlmarkt, a magnificent Christmas market featuring hand-made products by talented local artisans and imported items from Germany.

Recommended Hotel: Wind Creek Bethlehem Casino & Resort

17. Long Beach Island

Long Beach Island

Long Beach Island, NJ (609) 361-3395

Long Beach Island, on the banks of the Atlantic Ocean, is an 18-mile-long barrier island also known as the LBI Region, The Island, and LBI.

Before ending your NYC vacations, drop by this summer colony, less than a two-hour drive away.

You can have an adventurous time at Island Beach State Park as you go surfing, swimming, windsurfing, hiking, boating, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, bird watching, and so much more.

Have a blast with your family at the Fantasy Island Amusement Park, boasting thrilling rides, kid-friendly attractions, a vibrant arcade, and various dining choices selling tasty refreshments.

Beat the heat by allotting a few hours of your time at the Thundering Surf Water Park, featuring slides of varying lengths, splash areas for your little ones, a mini golf course, and pristine pools.

Recommended Hotel: Holiday Inn Manahawkin/Long Beach Island, an IHG Hotel

Boston

Boston , settled in 1625, is a bayfront metropolis and the state capital of Massachusetts.

It is roughly a four-hour drive from New York City and boasts an endless selection of fun-filled opportunities.

You can watch a thrilling sports game at Fenway Park, view magnificent artworks at the Museum of Fine Arts, and stroll through the beautifully landscaped Boston Public Garden.

Visit other attractions like the Boston Public Library, a stunning municipal library founded in 1852, and the Museum of Science, boasting interactive science exhibits and an indoor zoo.

Enjoy a unique and memorable time with your friends at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, a floating history museum with multimedia displays, an elegant tearoom, and live reenactments.

Have a blast doing other activities like exploring its vibrant neighborhoods, going on a shopping spree, spending time outdoors at a state park, and so much more.

Recommended Hotel: The Newbury Boston

19. Providence

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Providence, resting on the banks of a river of the same name, is the most populous city and capital of Rhode Island, about a 3-hour and 30-minute drive from NYC.

Start your tour at the Roger Williams Park Zoo, home to at least 150 animals, including bald eagles, elephants, giraffes, anacondas, cheetahs, zebras, red wolves, rattlesnakes, and more.

The Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art is a must-see for art enthusiasts because it displays an impressive collection of over 100,000 jaw-dropping pieces.

End the day by watching a captivating live show at the Providence Performing Arts Center, showcasing concerts, theatrical plays, Broadway acts, and more.

You can also enjoy leisurely activities like sitting by a fountain at the Historic Federal Hill and catching up on a good book at the stunning Providence Athenaeum.

Recommended Hotel: Graduate Providence

Mystic

Mystic is a waterfront census-designated place in the New London County of Connecticut, about a two-hour and 40-minute drive from NYC.

It has numerous attractions to offer you, like the Mystic Seaport Museum, the largest maritime museum in the country, founded in 1932.

Discover the richness of marine life at Mystic Aquarium, housing beluga whales, Steller sea lions, African penguins, clownfish, harbor seals, sting rays, and so much more.

Explore the Mystic River Historic District to enjoy shopping, dining at various eateries, taking pictures backed by century-old buildings, and the like.

Recommended Hotel: Hampton Inn & Suites Mystic

21. Hudson Valley

Hudson Valley

Hudson Valley, NY

Hudson Valley, also known as Hudson River Valley, is a region in New York encompassing at least eleven counties.

Are you planning your getaways in NYC and looking for must-visit places?

Then, consider driving roughly two hours to Hudson Valley.

Take in alluring riverfront views by walking, jogging, or biking along the 1.28-mile-long Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park.

The New York State Museum is a terrific choice for museum buffs because it is one of the oldest state museums in the US and has several exhibits on NY history, nature, science, and art.

Snap jaw-dropping photos by visiting the New York State Capitol, boasting ornate chandeliers, stunning skylights, marble columns, a lavish interior, and more.

Recommended Hotel: Mirbeau Inn & Spa, Rhinebeck

22. The Poconos

The Poconos

The Poconos, PA (570) 844-2001

The Poconos, officially known as the Pocono Mountains, is a mountainous region in northeastern Pennsylvania, roughly two hours from NYC.

Treat yourself to a much-deserved vacation as you discover its many fabulous tourist hotspots.

You can tour historic sites like the Asa Packer Mansion, a house museum dating back to 1861 and featuring an Italianate Villa-inspired architectural design.

Your Poconos adventure is not complete without visiting the Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark, a premier waterpark with 35 waterslides, an Olympic-sized pool, and a surf simulator.

Enjoy an immersive experience in the great outdoors by heading to the Seven Tubs Nature Area, where you can enjoy a fantastic hiking experience.

Have a fabulous shopping spree at the Crossing Premium Outlets, featuring shops like Ann Taylor, The Gap, Calvin Klein, Forever 21, Hot Topic, Coach, Nike, Adidas, and many others.

Recommended Hotel: Camelback Resort

23. Washington

Washington

Washington, incorporated in 1779, is a rural city in the Litchfield County of Connecticut, about two hours from NYC.

It is the ideal place to visit if you want a more laid-back tour experience away from large crowds or noisy streets.

Get the chance to learn about the lives of Native Americans by touring the Institute For American Indian Studies, a research center and museum that debuted in 1975.

Are you visiting in May or October?

Then, I recommend stopping by the Hollister House Garden, boasting well-landscaped gardens and a historic house constructed in the 1770s.

Go on an adventure indoors at Wigwam Escape, an award-winning escape room that offers an immersive experience of solving puzzles while learning about Native American history.

Recommended Hotel: The Litchfield Inn

24. North Fork

North Fork

North Fork, NY

North Fork, nicknamed NOFO, is a 30-mile-long peninsula in Long Island in the northeast region of Suffolk County in New York.

Are you looking for places to include on your short trips from NYC to enjoy a beachfront weekend trip?

Then, consider driving roughly one hour and thirty minutes to North Fork.

It has many outstanding beaches for you to choose from, like the Orient Beach State Park on the eastern end, the Town Beach, famous for its glorious sunsets, and numerous others.

It is also the perfect destination for wine tasting because it boasts several wineries and vineyards, like the family-run Macari Vineyards and the award-winning Kontokosta Winery.

Recommended Hotel: Aqua by American Beech

25. Fire Island

Fire Island

Fire Island, NY

Fire Island, nestled in the southern shore of Long Island, is a barrier island in New York facing the Atlantic Ocean.

You can find it in Suffolk County, less than two hours from NYC.

Create memories to last a lifetime by spending time at Robert Moses State Park, where you can enjoy swimming, fishing, surfing, playing volleyball, picnicking, hiking, and so on.

Visit an iconic landmark by heading to the Fire Island Lighthouse, a 180-foot historical lighthouse that debuted in 1858.

Get the chance to view a rare ecological community by exploring the Sunken Forest, a maritime holly forest.

Head to its many beaches to enjoy other activities like parasailing, boating, sailing, sunbathing, kayaking, and much more.

Recommended Hotel: Clegg’s Hotel

26. Fahnestock State Park

Fahnestock State Park

1498 NY-301 Carmel Hamlet, NY 10512 (845) 225-7207

Fahnestock State Park, encompassing more than 14,000 acres, is a state park in the Dutchess and Putnam counties.

You can find it in the Carmel Hamlet of New York, about a 1-hour and 20-minute drive from NYC.

It has so much to offer you, like a swimming beach, trails for various purposes, designated campsites, and tons more.

It boasts a gorgeous landscape that changes with the seasons, featuring towering trees, two sparkling lakes, lush forests, and so on.

Some of the many activities you can try here are snowshoeing, skiing, camping, cross-country skiing, hiking, boating, fishing, birdwatching, hunting, and countless others.

Recommended Hotel: Hampton Inn Fishkill

27. Lake George

Lake George

Lake George, NY 12845

Lake George, named after a lake of the same name, is a town in the Adirondack region and Warren County.

It is about a 3-hour and 30-minute drive from New York City.

Spend quality time with your friends, partner, or loved ones as you explore its fantastic tourist hotspots.

Have a memorable sightseeing tour by exploring the Fort William Henry Museum, a British fort from the 1700s, letting you experience what it was like during the French & Indian War.

You can also sip fine wine at the Adirondack Winery, go on family-friendly rides at the Magic Forest amusement park, and shop at the Outlets at Lake George.

Enjoy nature-related activities like hiking through scenic trails, trekking to majestic waterfalls, spending time at a park, and so on.

Recommended Hotel: Holiday Inn Resort Lake George, an IHG Hotel

28. Woodstock

Woodstock

Woodstock, NY 12498

Woodstock is a charming town in the Ulster County of New York, just over two hours from NYC.

Here, you can go on a much-needed quiet getaway alone or with your companions as you explore a handful of fascinating attractions.

Visit places like Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, showcasing various stunning pieces by local and regional artists in its five galleries.

Another terrific spot to explore is Tinker Street, lined with superb dining establishments, art galleries, boutique shops, and centuries-old buildings.

Recommended Hotel: Woodstock Way Hotel

29. The Catskills

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The Catskills, NY

The Catskills, resting in the southeastern region of New York, is a physiographic province of the Appalachian Mountains, about a two-hour and 40-minute drive.

It is a well-known destination for vacationers seeking a weekend escape in a comfortable hotel with breathtaking nature views.

Check into places like the Hunter Mountain Resort, a highly acclaimed resort for skiing and snow tubing.

Go on a spectacular outdoor adventure at the New York Zipline Adventure Tours, featuring rope bridges, zip lines, a climbing tower, and tons more.

You can also enjoy other activities in the area, like going on a mesmerizing chair lift ride at the Windham Mountain Skyride and splashing in the calm waters of the Zoom Flume Water Park.

Recommended Hotel: Hunter Lodge, a Bluebird by Lark

30. Lancaster

Lancaster

Lancaster, PA (717) 291-4711

Lancaster, founded in 1729, is a history-rich metropolis in Pennsylvania and one of the oldest cities in the United States.

Go on one of the best weekend getaways from NYC for history buffs by driving less than three hours to Lancaster.

Tour attractions like the Amish Farm and House, a heritage museum that lets you learn about the daily life of the Amish community.

Another must-visit is President James Buchanan’s Wheatland, a Federal-style house museum formerly owned by the 15th president of the United States.

You can try other activities like watching a live show at the American Music Theatre or going on various rides at the Dutch Wonderland amusement park, aside from touring century-old sites.

Recommended Hotel: Eden Resort and Suites, BW Premier Collection

Related: Best Weekend Getaways From Washington DC

Map of The Best Weekend Getaways From NYC

30 Best Weekend Trips From NYC 2024

  • Bear Mountain State Park
  • Asbury Park
  • Shelter Island
  • The Berkshires
  • Philadelphia
  • The Hamptons
  • Cooperstown
  • Long Beach Island
  • Hudson Valley
  • The Poconos
  • Fire Island
  • Fahnestock State Park
  • Lake George
  • The Catskills

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5 Family-Friendly Getaways from New York City

By Elissa Garay

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Living in an urban center like New York City comes with its own unique set of challenges in the COVID-19 world, especially for broods cooped up in tight living quarters. So when it gets to the point where the kids are (literally) climbing the apartment walls, you know it’s time to take a family breather. Of course, thanks to the pandemic, those daydream jaunts to Paris or Papeete aren’t happening anytime soon, but parents know that a real vacation is one that entails significantly less schlep (and expense) when factoring in the little ones. Happily, there are several destination resorts tailor-made for families—think, activities galore, kid-friendly accommodations and dining, and staff well-versed in meeting the needs and wants of pint-sized guests—within a 2.5-hour drive of the city.

From the Poconos to the Catskills , these close-to-home, year-round retreats do brisk business in the quick family escape. Most are all-inclusive , so you can skip the hand-in-your-pocket workout, too. Plus, all of the properties are taking coronavirus safety seriously, with new standard practices like enhanced hygiene and sanitation measures; enforcement of masks and social distancing; significantly reduced hotel occupancy; takeout options for dining; and controlled capacity and required reservations for certain activities. Best of all, though, their rural settings and mountain backdrops feel a world away—and what could be better than that?

This gallery was last published in May 2019. It has been updated with new information. All listings featured on Condé Nast Traveler are independently selected by our editors. If you book something through our links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

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Woodloch Pines Resort, Hawley, Pennsylvania

The 160-room Woodloch Pines Resort has provided a woodsy wonderland of kid-primed activities in the Poconos for more than 60 years. Its social distance-ready 300 acres sit on the banks of Lake Teedyuskung, a haven for swimming, boating, and water sports. Robust daily programming is centered on old-fashioned family fun (and as much as possible takes place outdoors, weather permitting), with everything from bingo to bonfires, and scavenger hunts to ”silent DJ” parties (held remotely, all across the property), alongside Woodloch signatures like family “bakery wars,” Olympics-style competitions, and pop-up petting zoos. There’s a laundry list of amenities, too: highlights include an outdoor and indoor pool and splash zone, a brand-new lakeside playground, bumper cars and bumper boats, go-karts, archery, seasonal snow-tubing, mini golf, rock climbing, year-round ice skating, paintball, an escape room, and sports courts galore.

The rooms aren’t glitzy, but they feel welcoming with cozy, country décor; tasty meals are served family-style (with takeout available). Down the road, find an 18-hole championship golf course at Woodloch Springs, and a superb spa (though with scaled-back services) at luxe sister property The Lodge at Woodloch .

Book now: All-inclusive rates start from $164/night, per adult; supplemental kids’ rates from $67 (ages 3 and up); expedia.com . Note the resort’s special dining theme nights and accompanying character appearances, as well as its evening stage shows, are currently on pause; read up on Woodloch’s COVID considerations .

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Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, New York

This Victorian-style castle-resort-and-spa , set on some 40,000 acres within New York’s forested Shawangunk Mountains, has held staying power for more than 150 years—a mainstay of family weekend getaways from NYC . Little wonder, given the 265-room resort’s rich roster of amenities and programming, which include an ice-skating pavilion, tennis courts, nine-hole golf course, show gardens, horse stables, indoor heated pool, and award-winning, nature-inspired spa (with features like a solarium and outdoor heated mineral pool). The property overlooks Lake Mohonk, a playground for seasonal boating, fishing, and swimming, while 85 miles of trails beckon for hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, cross-country-skiing, or even guided “ forest bathing ” sessions. You'll find plenty of gazebos, porches, and balconies scattered across the grounds, while cozy fireplace nooks and homey, antique-strewn rooms are the ideal end-of-day retreat. Rates are all-inclusive, including most activities, three daily meals (including seasonal BBQ cookouts and new to-go options), and afternoon tea and cookies.

New for 2020, the resort is working with local breweries and distilleries to present craft beer and whiskey flights for guests, paired with Hudson Valley -sourced cheeses, meats, and jams (for a supplemental fee). Plus, come December, Mohonk will transform into a Victorian wonderland for the holidays for the first time, complete with festive touches like handmade wreaths, gingerbread houses, and caroling—talk about holiday cheer.

Book now: From $656 for two adults, per night. Supplemental kids’ rates (ages four through 12) start at $130/night; mohonk.com . The drop-off kids’ club has been temporarily closed, and services at the spa are reduced; read more on Mohonk’s COVID considerations .

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Skytop Lodge, Skytop, Pennsylvania

This grand 124-room mountain lodge (along with some stand-alone storybook cottages and a newly renovated, upscale, 20-room inn) has been welcoming vacationers to the Poconos since the 1920s. Its elegant Dutch Colonial-style stone manor house is filled with soaring ceilings, stone and wooden accents, crackling fireplaces, and period furnishings that evoke a bygone era. Step outside, and the immense 5,500-acre grounds of forests, lakes, waterfalls, streams, and fresh mountain air beg for little adventurers to get out and explore—go ahead and set them loose on 30 miles of woodland hiking trails, designed to burn off that surplus kid steam. In summer, there’s swimming and an inflatable trampoline park on the lake; in winter, there’s skiing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice-skating, and, new for this year, ice fishing—plus, find four tennis courts and an indoor and outdoor pool. Optional activities include a ropes and zip line course, paintball, and rock climbing. There’s also clay shooting, boating, and an 18-hole golf course.

Book now: Rates inclusive of meals and select activities from $429 for two adults; supplemental kids’ rates from $80 (ages 5 to 12); plus an 18 percent service charge. Room-only rates start at $159/night; expedia.com . Note that due to COVID-19, the resort’s drop-off summer kids’ camp, as well as its live weekend evening entertainment, have been discontinued; read up on Skytop’s coronavirus considerations .

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Rocking Horse Ranch Resort, Highland, New York

Think you need to head out west for a dude ranch vacation? Think again. Less than a two-hour drive north of New York City , in the foothills of the Shawangunk Mountains, Rocking Horse Ranch has been entertaining urban cowboys—and hosting proper family weekend getaways from NYC—for more than 60 years. The horses (nearly 120 of them) are the main attraction at the Western-themed, kid-centric, 500-acre resort—with everything from horse-drawn wagon and pony rides to advanced trail trots.

Check out the small animal exhibit (expect the likes of camels, zebra, and miniature donkeys); brand-new outdoor pool, hot springs, and waterslide complex; and live shows and entertainment (like bonfire sing-alongs and magic shows). Summer sees water sports on the lake, while winter is popular for snow-tubing and horse-drawn sleigh rides. All-inclusive pricing factors in accommodations in the rustic 113-room lodge; three meals led by Culinary Institute of America alumni, with favorites like BBQ beef brisket and horseradish-crusted salmon (plus an afternoon snack and complimentary drinks); and all resort activities, including unlimited horseback riding.

Book now: Rates from $399/night for a family of four (plus a resort fee of 15 percent of the nightly rate); rockinghorseranch.com . Note the resort’s spa and “Fun Barn” (an indoor activity center) is currently closed, as is its drop-off day camp; read up on Rocking Horse Ranch’s COVID considerations .

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Kalahari Resorts Poconos, Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania

The bigger-is-better set can beeline for the five-year-old Kalahari Resorts Poconos (a spin-off of an expanding Wisconsin Dells-based brand), so named for the Kalahari Desert. Touting a scale of epic proportions, the resort has nearly 1,000 rooms (including a unit that can house 22 guests) and a cavernous indoor water park; at 220,000 square feet and set under a massive, climate-controlled dome, it’s America’s largest (at least until a new Kalahari Resorts Texas location opens in mid-November, which will outsize it). Dive into the aquatic adventure-land—kept at 84 degrees year-round—with features like a wave pool, lazy river, surf simulator, 32 wild waterslides, or, new for 2020, an underwater virtual reality experience (courtesy of waterproof VR headsets and masks). Plus, find age-appropriate retreats, from a toddlers’ splash zone to an adults-only swim-up bar. Note that water park occupancy is limited to 50 percent capacity, and social distancing throughout the park is enforced; chairs and loungers are spread out and sanitized frequently.

Beyond the water park, a massive arcade has games, escape rooms, virtual reality experiences, bowling, and laser tag, while seasonal outdoor pursuits include a water park extension and a ropes course, mini golf, and zip-lining. A spa offering hydrotherapy and halotherapy (with a junior spa space for kids ages three to nine) and 17 on-site bars and restaurants make the case for an overnight stay. Granted, indoor entertainment isn't everybody’s speed during the COVID-era, so if you’re not quite ready for this type of experience, consider bookmarking the resort for a visit in late 2021—or beyond.

Book now: Rates from $179/room, plus a $40/nightly resort fee; kalahariresorts.com/pennsylvania . Note the resort’s kids’ club is temporarily closed, and signature offerings like mermaid and shark swim lessons are on pause; read up on Kalahari’s COVID considerations .

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Couple on mountain, overlooking fall leaves.

If you weren’t lucky enough to have a proper summer vacation, there’s still plenty of time to have some rest and relaxation.

According to a 2021 study published in Frontiers in Psychology , vacations done solo or with others improves relationships, encourages self development and minimizes burnout. And the good news is you don’t have to even go away for a week or two to reap these benefits.

In fact, short weekend away from home can be enough to recoup, which may lead to being more productive when you return to work.

Many New Yorkers need to escape the city to really rid themselves of cabin fever. Whether you crave the great outdoors and want to spend your time off in a tiny home or just want Manhattan views from a room you don’t share with your kids (or have to clean yourself!) we have a list of both vacations and staycations just a stone’s throw from NYC, or a bit farther if you’d prefer.

Best Weekend Getaways from NYC

Beacon, new york.

The inside of a well-decorated living room

Beacon, New York makes the list for must-visit places that are close enough to NYC for a pleasant drive but far enough away that there won’t be light pollution or a honking taxi within earshot. Beacon is known for its contemporary art, but also boasts thrift shops for the fashion lovers and great food and views of the Hudson River.

No matter where you want to check out in the town, there’s an accommodation perfect for you and your posse. VRBO has a large collection of rental homes in the area, ideal for a weekend getaway in New York. Ranging from modern homes to farmhouses to lakeside cabins and everything in between, there are plenty of options in this river town.

Our recommendation? Check out this private lake house that comes fully equipped with kayaks, sleeps up to six people, has a backyard deck with a propane grill and seating to watch the sunset.

“My two young adult children (one who has special needs) and my toddler wanted to get away from the city for a much needed break from our apartment. Pictures and words do not fully encompass the majestic beauty of this property,” reads a recent five-star review from March. “My kids and I enjoyed watching the sunrise and sunsets. The house is very well kept, very clean, and modern. We ordered a few groceries and take out. I like how stores are not that far. Check in and check out process was very easy.”

Other options include staying in a Country Home for just $310 per night, sleeps 7 and is close to the D.I.A . For a less expensive stay, check out this luxe studio on bustling Main Street for only $168.

Hunter Mountain, New York

People on a ski lift over snowy mountain

Ski season is almost here, so there’s no better time to book a quick excursion to Hunter Mountain . It has award-winning facilities and 58 trails for you to ski, snowboard and make snow angels in. Stay at the Mountain Retreat , only $450 per night. It has an awesome view, is only 20 minutes from the mountain, and is close to a bunch of cute Catskill towns that are filled with shops and dining.

Another option is The Fox Den Family Cabin , which has three private bedrooms, two full bathrooms and a large sun room to relax in. Prices start at $324 per night and if you book, don’t forget to make time to go to the Phoenicia Diner !

Adirondacks, New York

Exterior of Grand Adirondack Hotel

Whether you need to escape the hustle of the big city or simply go gaga for foliage, this is the place to know. The slower pace of the area will do your spirit good and give your eyes a visual feast. There are a number of places to stay , ranging from quaint to luxury.

We like the Lake House , located in the Lake Placid area, for its views and regally rugged look. Using Tripadvisor we were able to find a sweet deal on a suite for only $198 per night from Skyscanner. Another spot calling our name? The Grand Adirondack Hotel ($278 per night), also with gorgeous views, a fireplace in the community sitting room, and a seasonal rooftop bar.

Niagara Falls, New York

A view of Niagara Falls

If the last time you saw the Falls was on a school trip, it’s time to go back and see them in a whole new light.

For those wanting an escape from city life but only have one day to do so, a tour from Viator is the way to maximize your precious time. While there are many options on the platform to choose from, the Niagara one-day tour is a great way to see Niagara and surrounding waterfalls and caves.

The full day starts with a pick-up in New York City and soon enough you’ll be at the Falls for a day exploring the Niagara Falls State Park as well as a ride on the Maid of the Mist boat cruise — the full tour package.

“Long tour but the price is unbeatable for a day tour from New York. We were able to sleep comfortably in the bus on our way to Niagara and we used the wifi and admired the beautiful landscape on the way back,” reads a five-star review of the tour .

For longer adventures up to the Falls, check out other Viator offerings listed on the site , from two-day weekend trips to shorter trips that start outside of NYC.

Salem, Massachusetts

Two men walking by a brick building.

Love all things witchy? You need to go to Salem. It’s filled with museums, historic tours and other spooky good things to check out. Pay your respects at the Salem Witch Trial Memorial , and then head over to the Peabody Essex Museum . It has everything from Asian art to photography and can be walked through in about two hours.

Once you’re ready to head to bed, place your bags at the Hawthorne Hotel . It’s walking distance to the Boston Harbor ferry and the bedrooms (starting at $129) are stuffed with organic bath products and have hypoallergenic Beyond Down pillows.

Legoland, New York

Family at LEGOLAND

If you have kids or are just a kid at heart, Legoland is a must visit. Located in Goshen, New York, and less than an hour and a half from Manhattan, it’s one of the best weekend trips from NYC you can take. There are a number of hotels to stay in the area, but we suggest booking through the theme park’s website. It has package deals with discounts attached, plus it’s just easier.

Our favorite for a two-day reset is the Partner Hotel Vacation Package . It starts at $87 per night (plus tax), and if you opt for one of their partner hotels, you’ll score 2-day tickets for the price of one for select dates!There are tons of rides , shows and delicious dining experiences that go beyond typical fair food, so prepare to leave boredom at home.

Other stay packages include the Brick-or-Treat Vacation Package (book now to save up to $320), and the Hotel + Tickets Package , which includes free breakfast and an in-room treasure hunt.

Tarrytown, New York

Tarrytown House Estate

Not far from the Sleepy Hollow (a great place to go apple picking , RTW), there’s Tarrytown. It’s cute, scenic and a must visit for those who love a historic local. Stay at the Tarrytown House Estate , which is only a few minutes from Washington Irving’s Sunnyside . It has an outdoor tennis court, pool and spa services. Rooms start at $337 per night and according to one happy visitor, worth a 5 star rating on Groupon.

She writes, “We had a lovely holiday weekend here. This is a beautiful property and the facilities were top notch. Everyone who worked there from the front desk to the cleaning staff to the pool manager were super friendly and helpful. We would not hesitate to come back again and look forward to our next visit.”

Hudson, New York

Lobby of The Whaler hotel

Ready for the open road? Rent a car or hop the Amtrack headed to Hudson, New York. A former industrial town, it’s now the home to a myriad of well curated antique shops, independent restaurants, boutiques and the ultra cool venue Basilica Hudson .

For a swanky experience, book a few nights at The Hudson Whaler (starting at $239). It’s located on historic Warren Street and offers 4-star accommodations, such as a fitness center and mini bar. Another option is the The Wick, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel . Along with an in-house restaurant and free wi-fi, the hotel allows pets and has 24-hour front desk service.

Poconos, New York

Outside of Mount Airy Lodge

If you’re of a “certain age,” you probably remember commercials for the Poconos on TV. And you know what? You can still stay at the beautiful Mount Airy Lodge (starting at $110 per night), where there’s an indoor pool, casino and golf course to unwind at. However, there are even more places to kick back at if you visit the Poconos, which is less than three hours from the city.

Ready to plan some snuggle time with your significant other? A favorite romantic weekend getaway from NYC is the Cove Haven Resort (starting at $721 per night). It’s super close to a number of fun attractions, like the Claws N Paws Animal Park and Sculpted Ice Works, and is also just a kitchy but fun place to say. Some rooms have heart shaped tubs, and the property even has a 32,000-square foot sports center, billiards parlor, gym and indoor pool. And while you’re in the area, maybe book one of the many tours of the area.

Catskills, New York

Living room inside Pinewood Lodge

Prepare to be impressed with this vacation home. In fact, we doubt you’ll want to leave. It’s scenic, Catskill location is breathtaking and our recommended place to stay is ultra private!

Featuring six bedrooms, Pinewood Lodge has a minimalist but cozy vibe — complete with a washer and dryer, and pet friendly. There’s also an outdoor fireplace that is begging for someone to make smores in, a bathroom with a hot tub and lots of open space.

Grab your besties for a girls getaway or take the family for some glamping. It’s close to Hunter Mountain , too, and you can enjoy the entire place for two nights for $798.

Lake George, New York

Hotel with pool in front.

The calming water and quaint town of Lake George is worth the 4 hour car trip. From boat tours to hiking through Prospect Mountain , there’s no shortage of activities. There are a number of recognizable chain hotels to stay at, like the Hampton Inn or Holiday Inn . However, we’re packing our bags for the Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center . Yoga classes and a pool can be enjoyed starting at only $149 a night. Isn’t that worth a few hours in your car?

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Amish in horse and carriage.

Need some help appreciating life without your smart devices? Head over to Lancaster. It’s rich in Amish culture , and there are lots of fun tours and historic spots to check out (with or without your phone). Once you see the lush rolling hills — and a few horse and buggies — you’ll wonder why you’re living in the concrete jungle to begin with. Hotels are fairly reasonable there, too. The Hawthorne Suites by Wyndham , for example, has rooms for $95 per night. Want something even cheaper? Check out the Clarion Inn for (starting at $70). It’s pet friendly, includes breakfast, and is a 2 minute drive to the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania .

Cape May, New Jersey

Alpacas standing in a group.

If you’re not much of a gambler or detest the beach, consider Cape May an alternative to Atlantic City. It’s less than 3 hour from NYC and has a ton of stuff to do — even in the non-summer months.

Visit the Jersey Shore Alpacas for some serious cuteness, and then treat yourself to something sweet at Cape May Peanut Butter Co. Don’t forget to visit the Lighthouse Museum while you’re there. After all, it’s earned Tripadvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Award.

And finally, when you’re good and tuckered out, retreat to one of the vacation rentals in the area. Our pick is this cozy one-bedroom apartment for $210 (plus tax) per night. It comes with a full kitchen, has a gorgeous bathroom and is just far enough away from noisy crowds.

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

A boat on the water.

Cape Cod is such a chill place to visit that if you can swing it, we’d recommend trying to stay for an extra day. There’s so much to do and see. Call out sick! We won’t tell.

Take a local tour or have a picnic on the beach. Tour the area solo with an audio tour guide or enjoy a high speed ferry from Provincetown (another great getaway from New York). There are vacation rentals for as low as $100, so don’t worry about breaking the bank.

Roscoe, New York

Two men in chairs out in the woods looking at a tiny house

No one understands the need to just getaway into nature than Getaway.

Like the name implies, Getaway specializes in relaxation in beautiful locations, two of which are in driving distance from NYC in the picturesque Appalachian Mountains. Getaway Eastern Catskills , located in Catskill, NY is just a 2.5 hour drive from the city, and Getaway Western Catskills , located in Roscoe, NY is even less at around two hours. Rates start at $186 per night and can accommodate either one to two people in one queen bed or up to four people in the cabin with two queen-sized bunks.

“By disconnecting and spending time in nature, guests leave a weekend at Getaway feeling rested, recharged and refreshed,” said Jon Staff, Founder and CEO of Getaway. “Now more than ever in the current environment of always being ‘on,’ there’s a need to unplug and spend uninterrupted time in nature.”

The service offers “private and secluded cabins, contact-free check-in and check-out, no communal spaces, and accessibility by car,” Staff said.

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17 Best Weekend Getaways From NYC To Take This Summer

Sure, a quick day trip to escape the city for a bit is always great, but when you're looking for something a bit longer, we've got you covered.

Corey Fuller

If you’re looking for a little summer getaway from the city filled with scenic escapes, we’ve got you covered with these weekend getaways . Most of these ideas came from Secret NYC readers themselves, responding to a survey on our Instagram story . So, thank YOU.

We don’t know about you, but we’re already planning our next trip!

1. The Catskills

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The NY region alongside the stunning Catskills Mountains is quite large, and boasts loads of hiking , farm-fresh goods, and a much slower pace than NYC. Some popular towns include: Phoenicia, Woodstock, and Rhinebeck (see #15!) . Find out more at VisitTheCatskills.com .

2. Burlington, Vermont

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Looking for a weekend outdoors trip this summer? Head to Burlington, Vermont where you can hike, bike, and swim to your heart’s content! It’s a vibrant dreamland on the shores of Lake Champlain that feels like the perfect getaway for a few days! Plus, while you’re not doing sports, you can eat and drink through Church Street Marketplace , take in views of Lake Champlain , and catch a show at century old theater The Flynn!

3. The Hamptons

Atlantic ocean waves on the beach at Montauk Point Light, Lighthouse, Long Island, New York, Suffolk County

The Hamptons are known as  the place where New Yorkers escape to for the summer, and for good reason. Oceanfront beaches, eateries on the water and high-end boutiques are just a few reasons it’s the favorite getaway spot for Manhattanites. We even put together our own ultimate guide to the Hamptons !

4. North Fork, Long Island

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The other “fork” of Long Island may not be quite as known as the Hamptons, but it’s just as stunning! Wineries are the name of the game here–some of our favorite ones can be found here –plus there are calm local beaches, and plenty of farm-fresh cuisine. Learn more here .

5. Boston, Massachusetts

Boston skyline, Back Bay and Charles River, Longfellow Bridge, located in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Pay our friends over in Boston a visit to have a weekend at one of the East Coast’s best cities. You can spend a day of the weekend at Maratha’s Vineyard , a night at a Boston Red Sox game , and even eating your way through the delicious Faneuil Hall Marketplace .

6. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Liberty Bell old symbol of American freedom in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, USA

Just a short train or drive away is Philadelphia, the city of Brotherly Love! During the summer, you can check out the Philadelphia Phillies play, or you can partake in summer-y activities like strolling through Dilworth Park , skating around the roller rink at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest , taking a stunning river cruise around the city , and so much more! Check out the best things to do in Philadelphia here .

7. Newport, Rhode Island

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Just a few states over lies Rhode Island, where one of our favorite weekend destinations Newport resides! There’s tons here to make it a great trip, including journeying down Ocean Drive , checking out the Lefrak Point Lighthouse , pretending you’re in ‘Saltburn’ and touring huge mansions , and so much more! Check out even more things to do in Newport, RI here .

8. Lake Placid, New York

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Over 5 hours away from New York City, Lake Placid deserves to be an entire weekend excursion. Of course the wintry destination is prime for skiing and snowboarding, but the former 1980 Olympics location has tons of attractions to see in the summer, like the Lake Placid Olympic Ski Jumping Complex , Lake Placid Olympic Museum , and more! Not to mention the nearby Whiteface Mountain and picturesque Mirror Lake .

9. Washington, D.C.

US Capitol building with summer flowers

According to our friends over in D.C. there’s tons to do there in the summer! I mean, how does a show at Capital One Arena , a performance by The Washington Ballet , or simply just wandering around to enjoy whatever surprises you stumble upon sound? Pretty good, we know.

10. The Finger Lakes Region, New York

Canandaigua Lake in the Finger Lakes region of New Yrok State in the USA

The Finger Lakes region in upstate New York is a weekend well spent in wine country. The different lake towns are chalk full of vineyards and wineries, scenic boat tours on the lakes, and charming towns like Seneca Falls and Skaneateles . We recommend snagging an Airbnb for a weekend and taking a tour of a few (of over 100) wineries in the region, before exploring scenic trails in state parks like Watkins Glen State Park and Taughannock Falls State Park . Then, finish off by walking some of the most historic downtowns in the state, lined with boutique shops, art galleries, and cozy cafes.

11. Lake George, New York

A family camping in Lake George, NY

During the warmer months, this cute beach town near NYC is most known for its beautiful lakes, rivers, and streams. You can book weekend lodges here, as well as partake in activities like whitewater rafting, golfing, horseback riding, and more ! Learn more here .

12. Miami, Florida

MIAMI, FLORIDA, USA - FEBR 12, 2023: Miami Winter Landscape. Skyscrapers, South Pointe Park Pier, South Beach and Atlantic Ocean. Miami, Florida

How about a weekend getaway that’s a short flight away? We know how much you’re missing the the beach right now, so why not book a trip to Florida?! There’s so much to do, including lounging around at South Beach, admiring art in Wynwood, and try out the hottest restaurants in the country . Check out the best things to do in Miami here .

13. Beacon, New York

Town of Beacon, NY

Beacon is a quaint little town up in the Hudson Valley area of New York, with an especially artsy influence. It’s known for its whiskey distilleries and glass-blown art, and you can even take a glass blowing class while you’re there! Their Main Street also has lovely little shops. Check out more here .

14. Saranac Lake, New York

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Saranac Lake is a good weekender for the outdoorsy-type. It’s nestled into the Adirondack Mountains…so think hiking, kayaking, and camping . That’s not to mention some of their other attraction too like the Hotel Saranac, Adirondack Carousel, The Saranac Laboratory, and Pendragon Theatre .

15. Rhinebeck, New York

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Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, this quaint town boasts views of the Catskills as well as lots of local business love. From specialty shops to boutique farms to historic homes, and lots of winter hiking opportunities, it’s the perfect place to swap the big city blues for small town charm . Learn more here .

16. Bear Mountain & Harriman State Parks

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Bear Mountain and Harriman State Park are only a little over an hour outside the city, but will definitely feel like you’re in a different world. Hike to the top of Bear Mountain for amazing views, and then reward yourself with dinner and drinks at the historic Bear Mountain Inn . Or, if you want something even simpler, pack your own supplies and camp out at the smaller Harriman State Park down the road. Find out more about Bear Mountain here and Harriman here .

17. Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine, USA coastal townscape.

Known most for its picturesque waterfront and rich maritime history , Portland is a great weekend spot if you wish to escape the state. As mentioned, their waterfront is world-class, featuring iconic landmarks like the Portland Head Light, one of the oldest lighthouses in the United States . Plus, there’s tons of other things to do like feasting on some of the best seafood in the entire country, visiting the Portland Museum of Art, and finding the best beer at one over a dozen of Portland’s breweries .

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Make memories with these epic family weekend getaways from NYC

These family weekend getaways from NYC offer fun-filled adventures for the whole crew

With all the things to do with kids in NYC , why would you ever want to leave? You can fill their days with both indoor and outdoor activities, from kid-friendly museums and attractions to amazing playgrounds and much more. Sometimes the family needs a change of scenery though. Kid-friendly day trips —whether to a nearby amusement park or perhaps a hiking trail —can do the trick, but for a more epic option, these family weekend getaways offer plenty of fun and adventure. From historic towns and fun on the beach to all-inclusive family resorts and the great outdoors, you’ll make lasting memories when you take the crew out for a full weekend away. You’ll return to the city refreshed and ready to tackle a new week.

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Cooperstown, New York

1.  Cooperstown, New York

Travel time: 4hrs and 45min by car

Few sports inspire the kind of devotion baseball does, which is why the bucolic village of Cooperstown, home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum , is on the national map. Thanks to the museum’s artifacts collection, Hall of Plaques and the interactive Sandlot  section, youngsters will no doubt leave knowing more about the sport and its players than when they arrived. For a change of pace, head to the nearby Farmers’ Museum , a multifaceted paean to rural 19th-century America with a working farmstead and children’s barnyard. At some point, strike a deal with the kids: First you’re going to the  Ommegang Brewery  for a tour and tasting (or lunch at its café), and afterward you’ll stop by  Barnyard Swing Miniature Golf  for a round of summery fun.

STAY : The outdoor heated pool and fire pit make the August Lodge Cooperstown  an obvious choice for families.

Mystic, Connecticut

2.  Mystic, Connecticut

Travel time: 3hrs and 40min by car

Awaiting the maritime-obsessed is the tremendous  Mystic Seaport , a 19-acre living history attraction where families can explore a re-created 19th-century village filled with “working” shops (an oyster house, a ship carver), an authentic whaling ship, and more. Luckily for kids, the town’s also home to the  Mystic Aquarium , home to thousands of species of marine animals (including the largest outdoor beluga whale exhibit in the country).   Don’t forget to check out the Mystic Bridge Historic district, where great architecture, shops, and ice cream parlors await. There's plenty of seafood options for older members of the brood, but the youngsters might prefer dinner at  Mango's Wood-Fired Pizza Co . STAY:  The lovely Whaler’s Inn is situated near all the town’s attractions and offers guests a $15 daily food credit to the hotel's restaurant.

Bucks County, PA

3.  Bucks County, PA

Travel time: 2 hrs by car

Drive a mere two hours away from NYC and you'll feel like you're in another world. Located in Bucks County, New Hope boasts a quaint, country atmosphere with shops, attractions, restaurants and annual community festivals. You'll want to take in a show at Bucks County Playhouse and bring the kids to  Bucks County Children's Museum , which features a digging station, a hot air balloon VR experience and a mini town square that transports little visitors to the turn of the century with a cute general store, ice cream shop and other amenities. For the little locomotive fans in your life, hop aboard the  New Hope & Ivyland Railroad  for a glimpse at the bucolic scenery. Don't forget to visit during the holidays, as both Easter Bunny Tours and the North Pole Express are available for families. Venture to the historic  Peddler's Village  for shopping and dining. Seven full-service restaurants allow families to pick and choose selections that work for them (American classics, cafe brunches and more options are available). One thing's for certain, no trip to the sweet destination is complete without an equally sweet scoop of ice cream from Nina's! If you're looking for an amusement park environment, Sesame Place is certainly the way to go. Make sure to give Elmo, Big Bird and the rest of the crew our regards.   STAY: Outdoorsy types can pitch a tent at the  Colonial Woods Family Camping Resort .

Washington, D.C.

4.  Washington, D.C.

Travel time: 4hrs and 20min by car

The country's capital has plenty to keep visitors entertained, whether they're curious about U.S. history, politics, exploration and so on. After catching a glimpse at all of the monuments, there are plenty of museums and attractions at visitors' disposal: the International Spy Museum , Newseum , the United States Botanic Garden ,   and much more (so bring comfortable walking shoes). Of course, no visit to Washington, D.C. would be complete without checking in on the characters at the National Zoo . After covering so much territory, the kids are bound to get hungry, so check out some of the city's best family-friendly restaurants , from locations at the National Mall to museum cafés, sit-down restaurants, and everything in between. Options abound at Union Market  where even the pickiest of eaters can find something to satisfy their taste buds. 

STAY:  The ideally-located  JW Marriott Washington D.C.   has an outdoor pool—perfect for the kids after a day of sightseeing.

Montauk, New York

5.  Montauk, New York

Travel time:   3hrs and 45min by car

Although millennials continue to flock to this Long Island destination, there are plenty of reasons for families to take notice, too. Parents and kids can keep busy with a variety of options: Climb to the top of the Montauk Lighthouse —a national landmark—stop by Puff 'N' Putt not only for a game of mini-golf, but boating and kayaking, pick up a nautical-themed souvenir at  Captain Kid Toys , hit the waves during fun  surfing lessons  and, of course, spend time getting sand between your toes at one of the town's great  beaches . Seafood options abound, naturally, and you'd be remiss not to have at least one meal at Gosman's —it's essentially an unwritten requirement. 

STAY:  The cozy Ocean Resort Inn ,  situated right on the Atlantic, is just a short walk from downtown

Hershey, PA

6.  Hershey, PA

Travel time: 3hrs by car

They say Hershey is the sweetest place on earth, and we're not here to argue with obvious facts. Let the kids pretend they're Willy Wonka for a few days with a short visit to this Pennsylvania family hotspot. Everyone in your brood with a sweet tooth (even the adults) will have a stellar time visiting Hershey's Chocolate World , which features tastings, tours, and even a "create your own candy bar" experience (a.k.a. every kid's dream). Make sure to stop by well before (or after) your visit to Hershey Park,  home to roller coasters and a water park (Mom and Dad: If you have some down time, you'll be pleased to know that there are  shopping, golfing and spa appointments waiting for you!). 

STAY: At the Hershey Lodge , kids get their own special check-in (offered seasonally), and can play a Hershey’s candy guessing game to receive a personalized lanyard and chocolatey treat—sounds like a no-brainer! 

7.  Finger Lakes, New York

Travel time: 4 to 5 hrs by car

Home to eleven iconic lakes, New York’s Finger Lakes region is the perfect escape for swimming, paddleboarding, chasing waterfalls, and pretty much every kid-friendly activity you can imagine. Think of the region as a destination of scenic road trips: Spread across 9,000 square miles, charming towns pop up around each lake, meaning that you can spend a whole weekend hopping from one to the next (tip: if you arrive in time for fall foliage, the drive alone will keep the little ones in awe). Head to Watkins Glen State Park , just south of Seneca Lake, where easy trails lead toward the dramatic Cavern Cascade. In the tiny town of Corning, the Corning Museum of Glass is surprisingly kid-friendly with live glass blowing demonstrations and even a Make Your Own Glass experience (fear not: it’s safe for all ages). Looking for a sweet pit-stop? Ithaca’s Purity Ice Cream is a no-brainer: it operates out of an ice cream shop that opened back in 1936, meaning you’ll get old-school scoops made with milk from upstate farms.

STAY: Set right along the shores of Seneca Lake, the  Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel  offers affordable rates with a view the kids will love. 

Narragansett, Rhode Island

8.  Narragansett, Rhode Island

Travel time: 4 hrs by car

Rhode Island's popular seaside town is a go-to for all vacationers on the east coast looking to hit the beach—or three, to be exact. Bring surfboards and boogie boards to the well-known Scarborough State Beach (note that these waves are probably more suitable for the older kids in your clan) and venture to the less intense Roger Wheeler State Beach with tiny tots who will gravitate toward the playground and the calmer waters. Salty Brine State Beach has gentler waters, too. Naturally, no beach town would be complete without a lighthouse. Although Point Judith doesn't welcome visitors inside, families are able to head to the grounds and take scenic photos off the coast. When hunger strikes, adults will opt for seafood dishes (including amazing lobster rolls) and seaside views at Coast Guard House but those craving comfort food will find something desirable at Eddie's BBQ. Regardless of what's on the menu, all suppers should conclude with a visit to the nearby ice cream shop, Brickley's .

Stay: The family-run Anchor Motel , located right across from Scarborough Beach

Annapolis, MD

9.  Annapolis, MD

Travel time: 4hrs by car

There’s plenty for all ages in Annapolis, where the historic downtown is gorgeous (cobblestone streets) and features a mix of traditional bed and breakfasts, shopping, and beautiful landmarks like the U.S. Naval Academy. Hit up the   Naval Academy Museum   and   Jean-Paul Jones’ Crypt   for a dose of history, then visit the   Annapolis Maritime Museum   to learn about aquatic life and Annapolis’ role in the oyster industry. There’s also a newly refurbished   downtown dock   that’s always filled with impressive boats.

STAY:   The   Holiday Inn Express & Suites   is close to downtown and sits at a little over $100 per night. There’s also a complimentary breakfast!  

Long Beach, NY

10.  Long Beach, NY

Travel time: 2hrs and 10min by car

Those that spend these family weekend getaways at this “City by the Sea” won’t regret it. There are a ton of fun   parades and festivals   throughout the summer, plus plenty of local   parks and playgrounds  where kids can make the most out of the warm weather . Plus, the boardwalk is perfect for a few family photos! Be warned: The beach does have a $15 fee per person for non-pass holders. Kids will want to refuel with lunch and a rainbow-colored shake at the Diner by the Sea,  and we can't blame them! 

STAY:   To keep things cost-effective, the Best Western Mill River Manor  will run about $140 per room—luckily, there's an outdoor pool!

Ocean City

11.  Ocean City

Travel time: 4 hrs 30 min by car

This seashore town—located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Isle of Wight Bay— boasts white sand beaches and plenty of places to romp and play. Stroll along the boardwalk a long list of food options when your stomach starts to rumble. Pop into Ropewalk for a family-friendly seafood feast. For other kinds of fun, take a break with a ride on one of the 45 hand-carved animals on the historic Trimper’s carousel or cater to your inner thrill-seeker with a trip to Jolly Roger’s Splash Mountain Water Park .

Stay: Spend your nights at  Carousel Oceanfront Hotel & Condos , which features a kiddie pool, bounce house, game room and a pirate ship jungle gym.

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

12.  Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Travel time: 5hrs and 30min by car

If spectacular beaches, salty air, and delicious hole-in-the-wall seafood spots sound right up your alley, Cape Cod is one of those family getaways you can't miss. Its 22-mile path, the  Cape Cod Rail Trail , is perfect for those who love a scenic bike ride. Running along a former railroad track, it stretches from Dennis to the town of Wellfleet. Parking areas dot the paved railbed, so you can go as far as you'd like in either direction—and you'll even hit the beach along the way if you do a little advance planning. North of the Rail Trail, between Wellfleet and Provincetown, beach options expand. Families with young children might prefer sticking by the bayside where water is warmer and there’s no undertow, but oceanside strands like Head of the Meadow or Marconi—both part of the Cape Cod National Seashore —are breathtaking. So are the whales just beyond them, who arrive from warmer climes to feed in the area’s teeming waters from April through the end of October.  Whale Watch Dolphin Fleet ,   in Provincetown, offers great family excursions. Feast at Quicks Hole Tavern , where youngsters under 10 get to make selections from the kids' menu.  STAY:  Situated right on the Rail Trail, Midway Motel   has a secluded feel and hard-to-beat rates (often below $100 per room).

13.  Rocking Horse Ranch, Highland, NY

Travel time: 2 hrs 30 min by car

Get ready for an all-inclusive resort like no other. Rocking Horse Ranch pays homage to summer camp days with horseback riding, water sports and other fun outdoor activities for the whole family. Looking for performances? You’ll have it made with magic acts, ventriloquists and other fun offerings. When activities become too overwhelming (for parents), make sure to take advantage of spa treatments such as facials and massages. 

Wildwood, NJ

14.  Wildwood, NJ

Phew: This Jersey Shore town is more family-friendly than MTV cameras led us to believe. Morey's Piers offers two parks for one price: Raging Waters and the Ocean Oasis Waterpark and Beach Club, a 10-minute walk or five-minute tram ride away. Those who want to remain on dry land can hit up carnival rides and other attractions at three amusement piers though combo tickets are available if your little ones can't decide. Indulge your seafood cravings at Crab & Seafood Shack , where kids 12 and under have their own menu with the typical fare: hot dogs, chicken fingers and more.

Stay: Book a room at El Coronado Resort and enjoy poolside barbecues, movies and live entertainment.

Crystal Springs Resort, Hamburg, NJ

15.  Crystal Springs Resort, Hamburg, NJ

Travel time: 1 hr 30 min by car

Sure, you want the kids to have fun on vacation...but getting a little adult r&rwould be pretty sweet, too. For a getaway that will sate the offspring yet also allow you a little self-indulgence, Crystal Springs Resort should do the trick. The very kid-friendly place is 90 minutes from New York, so you'll be pulling up to the sprawling grounds in no time. Seven indoor and outdoor pools allow for splash time no matter the weather. You, meanwhile, can kick back on a lounge chair with a cocktail from the poolside bar, or take turns watching the kids while one of you sneaks away for a massage in the on-site spa or a round of golf on the adjacent course. In the evening, head to The Glenwood for burgers, wraps or pizza, then hit the Warwick Drive-In for a first-run double feature. After breakfast the next morning at Kites, the resort's restaurant, kids will no doubt want more pool time. That will leave them refreshed for a hike along the Canal Road section of the Appalachian Trail before you head back to the city.

Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

16.  Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

Travel time: 7 hours by car

Okay, okay—this is one of those family weekend getaways that's a bit of a haul from NYC (but so worth it). Few venues compare to Omni Mount Washington Resort’s spectacular scenery. When it’s nice and warm, families can enjoy sweet activities such as horseback riding, hiking on local trails, rounds of tennis and other great offers like free scenic tours (via a ski lift!) and mountainside ATV tours. Come winter, a free shuttle will take visitors to the lauded Bretton Woods Ski Resort, just two minutes up the road. A boast-worthy bonus: Young visitors can experience the thrill of swimming outdoors amid a snow-covered landscape thanks to an outdoor pool that’s heated year-round. If the allure of Mt. Washington won’t let go, consider taking the Cog Railway  up rather than driving. You’ll have an hour to enjoy the stunning views, visit a museum and have a bite to eat before heading back down. STAY : The Omni Mount Washington Hotel is the crown jewel, but families can also choose the Lodge at  Bretton Woods .

Lehigh Valley, PA

17.  Lehigh Valley, PA

Travel time: 1 hr 40 mins by car

If the family can’t choose between thrilling amusement rides and swimming pools to beat the heat, then an itinerary centered on Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom will satisfy everyone. The older set will enjoy the twisting, turning dry and wet rollercoasters while little ones enjoy Peanuts-themed rides. Come nighttime, watch movies under the stars at Shankweiler's Drive-In Theatre .

Stay: Tuck in at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites for close access to the theme park.

Amherst & Williamstown, Massachusetts

18.  Amherst & Williamstown, Massachusetts

Travel time: 4hrs and 15min by car

The verdant Berkshires and neighboring Pioneer Valley in western Massachusetts are appealingly sleepy, but if you’ve got a gang of culture vultures, you’ll find it’s brimming with artistic gems, too. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art  in Amherst, which opened in 2002, mounts regular shows spotlighting the art of picture books. The contemporary art scene is alive and well too thanks to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art , a world-class museum in North Adams inhabiting a cluster of converted, 19th-century brick factory buildings. The stunning museum mounts eclectic shows, one of which is designed especially for kids in a gallery-studio hybrid called Kidspace; children can drop in and make art there free of charge on weekends, and every day of the summer. While you’re in the area, pay a visit to Old Sturbridge Village ,  New England’s answer to Virginia’s Williamsburg. The outdoor museum recreates an early 19th-century town with authentic shops like blacksmiths and bakeries, complete with costumed thespians—er, interpreters—glowing fires and baking bread. Grab a bite of some kid-friendly dishes (think mac n' cheese and chicken fingers) at Bullard Tavern Cafeteria . 

STAY:  Friendly owners and reasonable prices win at Maple Terrace Motel , right in Williamstown.

Baltimore, Maryland

19.  Baltimore, Maryland

Travel time: 3hrs and 40min by car

Though often bypassed by travelers on their way to D.C., the city of Baltimore has come into its own, especially given the renaissance of its Inner Harbor. Foremost, there’s the top-notch National Aquarium , a must-see for kids and adults alike . The   ocean-obsessed will come closer than ever to majestic marine life such as stingrays, a giant sea turtle, and blacktip reef sharks. At the B&O Railroad Museum ,  about a mile due west, kids (and maybe their parents) will learn that Baltimore is where the first commercial mile of railroad track in the U.S. was laid; they’ll also get to explore it via a 20-minute ride on an actual train, the  Mile One Express . Maritime lore lovers won’t want to miss the hour-long Urban Pirates Family Adventure ,  a swashbuckler-themed cruise in Baltimore Inner Harbor, where they can dress up like pirates, learn sea chanteys, and spray water cannons. Lexington Market offers something for everyone when lunchtime strikes, while Broadway Market is the latest smorgasbord, which recently opened in a market that dates back to 1786.

STAY:  Located in the original B&O headquarters, the Monaco Baltimore has large rooms and an extremely pet-friendly policy. 

Gillette Castle, East Haddam, CT

20.  Gillette Castle, East Haddam, CT

A mansion tour isn't at the top of most children's must-do lists, but this isn't just another rich family's house: Among other novelties, you take both an antique train and a ferry to get here. Kids used to jam-packed subway cars will love settling into their comfortable seats on the Essex Steam Train for an hour-long trip through the Connecticut River Valley. Disembark and, after a brief walk, hop aboard the Chester/Hadlyme Ferry. As you approach landfall, keep an eye out for the medieval-style stone structure atop a hill—that's Gillette Castle , and it's just a short hike from the shore (though keep in mind it is not stroller-friendly). Once you're there, tour guides will take your crew through two dozen wood-and-stone–clad rooms. Built in the early 20th century by the then-famous actor and Sherlock Holmes portrayer William Gillette, the mansion is like a mystery-movie tableau where ghosts and evildoers might lurk at any turn. Gillette was also a stage manager who invented many trick props, and a bit of a prankster: He devised a series of mirrors to allow him to spy on visitors, and a hidden staircase so that he could sneak up on guests—or escape from them. Before or after your ferry ride, fill up at the Trackside Cafe, a converted dining car at the steam train depot.

Stay: Relax at the outdoor pool at the former Sandpiper Inn in Old Saybrook, now an Econo Lodge Inn and Suites .

21.  Lake Placid, NY

Travel time: 5 hours by car from NYC

Lake Placid is one of those family weekend getaways that provides an opportunity for visitors to catch their breath with hiking trails, rock climbing, fishing, and paddle boating. Kids will get a kick out of Big Z's Lake Placid Lanes . While you’re in the area, be sure to make a stop at High Falls Gorge for an amazing walk around four waterfalls. Afterward, share a thin and crispy pizza pie at Lisa G’s or have the kids select from their own menu .

STAY: Once the kids are tuckered out, head to your room at Cobble Mountain , where the range of cozy rooms and cabins host families of all sizes.

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25+ Best Long Weekend Trips from NYC

last Updated: August 14, 2023 bermuda connecticut maine maryland massachusetts new jersey new york new york city pennsylvania rhode island Washington DC

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Sick and tired of the city and need a quick escape? I feel you. → I’ve compiled some of the best weekend getaways from NYC as a result! From cherry blossoms in Washington D.C. and idyllic beaches in Bermuda to fresh powder at Bear Mountain and fresh lobster in Portland Maine, these long weekend trips from NYC will surely satisfy any need for an escape from the Big Apple.

Growing up right outside of NYC, I get that the hustle and bustle of the big city can be overwhelming at times, even for those who live there. Wouldn’t it be nice to get outta the bright city lights every once in a while? I don’t blame you.

When I lived in NYC, I constantly dreamed of taking short trips from NYC – basically anytime of year. And with that, this list was born! I’ve been to about half so far, and am excited to check out more spots this summer when visiting my fam in New York.

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When considering taking off on any of these quick getaways from NYC, (or anywhere, really), I have a few simple tips to make the most of your time:

  • Stay within 1 time zone of your home city (2 at the absolute MOST, but not recommended)!
  • Help combat minor jet lag early by drinking a lot of water on the plane.
  • Plan your activities/must-sees in advance so you aren’t wasting precious time once you arrive.
  • Make a list of your must-sees and your would-like-to-see-if-time-allows (#priorities)
  • If driving, 4-6 hours away should be your max.
  • Understand you most likely will not be able to see eeeeeeverything you want.

By taking one day off of work (either Friday or Monday) and flying out on the last possible flight (late Thursday night or Friday night, depending on what day you take off), you get two full days in your destination (excluding travel days).  Plan accordingly.

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Here are, (in my opinion), the 25+ best long weekend trips from New York City. Now, go start checking some off your list. ?  I know I still have loads to visit! And if you’ve got other weekend trips from NYC that you recommend, let me know in the comments!  I’m always hunting for more!

Long Weekend Trips from NYC

1. washington d.c..

I know what you’re thinking – the land of school field trips and museum after museum? Why should I visit when I’ve already visited in 5th grade?

Washington, DC is (of course) home to some of the most fascinating museums in the entire country, but if that’s not your thing, there are also tons of things to do there outside of the main tourist attractions. Visit underground art galleries, see some amazing live performances, or simply walk around the waterfront in Georgetown.

Long weekend trips from NYC

In DC’s neighborhoods, you can find some of the best international food in the country, from Eritrean eats to Georgian bites and incredible Italian food, too. If you’re looking to save some money, one of the most popular things to do in Washington DC is to go to happy hour, which is when restaurants across the city offer food and drink at a discount during certain hours!

Long weekend trips from NYC

If you’re looking for some springtime, flowery fun, consider visiting during peak cherry blossom season – end of March, early April (weather dependent). I visited a few years back and I’m dying for a return trip to see all the pretty blooms again.

→ Read Next: A Weekend in Washington D.C.

Travel Time from NYC : Fly nonstop to IAD (Dulles) in roughly 1 hour 20 minutes, or drive from NYC to Washington D.C. in 4 ½ hours  // Check flight prices // Check hotel prices in Washington D.C.

2. Baltimore, MD

Home to the Inner Harbor, the Orioles, and some mouth-watering crab dishes, Baltimore is Maryland’s largest city and is one of the easiest to get to, making it one of the best weekend getaways from NYC. Baltimore is a fantastic weekend getaway from NYC because you can get there easily by train or bus.

Grab a hotel in the Inner Harbor for the weekend and head to some of the city’s iconic sights, like Fort McHenry or one of the city’s many museums, like the Museum of Art or the Museum of Industrial History.

Long weekend trips from NYC

On the harbor, you can catch a water taxi around the city’s different neighborhoods. During the warmer months of the year, head to Fells Point, which is a historic district of Baltimore that’s full of cute, picturesque buildings and local bars and restaurants.

Travel Time from NYC : Fly nonstop to BWI in roughly 1 hour 20 minutes, or drive from NYC to Baltimore in 3 ½ hours  // Check flight prices // Check hotel prices in Baltimore, Maryland

3. Mystic, CT

The seaside town of Mystic, Connecticut is home to a bustling, charming historic port. We included Mystic on our list of weekend trips from NYC because it’s a perfect small town to escape to. At the Mystic Seaport, you can experience the atmosphere of America’s maritime history, either on the streets or at the Mystic Seaport Museum.

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Aside from historic maritime activities, the town is also known for a fantastic old town, Historic Downtown Mystic, which is situated along the Mystic River, as well as wonderful dining and drinking options. You can also take a sailboat cruise to enjoy the city from the water.

Travel Time from NYC : approximately a 3 hour drive northeast  // Check hotel prices in Mystic, CT

4. Montauk, NY

Located on the eastern point of Long Island is a small beach town called Montauk. In the summer, you’ll find families and beach goers alike flocking to Montauk’s shores to catch some sunshine, ocean waves, and relaxed seaside vibes. Head to Ditch Plains, Montauk’s most popular beach area, and lay out your towel.

Long weekend trips from NYC

Alternatively, you can explore the beach at Montauk Point State Park, where you can wander along the shoreline or pay a visit to Montauk’s historic lighthouse (the oldest in NY state!). End your beach bum days with some amazing seafood dishes at an oceanside restaurant, or with a locally-brewed beer in hand at Montauk Brewing Company. Sounds like the perfect summer escape from NYC on garbage days.

Travel Time from NYC : approximately a 3 hour drive east  // Check hotel prices in Montauk, NY

5. Bear Mountain, NY

Want to spend a weekend hitting the ski slopes? Good, because Bear Mountain, NY is one of the best weekend getaways from NYC (and among the short trips from NYC on our list, at just an hour of travel time!). Experienced skiers will love the variety of resorts and terrain in the area, and the resorts also offer tons of classes, private and group lessons, for beginner and intermediate skiers.

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In the summer, Bear Mountain is home to a lovely state park that you can visit to hike one of its many trails or enjoy some peace and tranquility away from the city. Here, you can stay in a country lodge or go camping, if you’re into that kind of thing. And in fall, Bear Mountain turns all kinds of beautiful, with the leaves changing as many colors as you can possibly imagine. It’s a great weekend getaway from NYC any time of year.

Travel Time from NYC : approximately a 1 hour drive north (traffic dependent) // Check hotel prices in Bear Mountain, NY

6. New Paltz, NY

Enjoy cute, European-style B&Bs and walking areas? New Paltz, NY is one of the most laid-back historic weekend trips from NYC that you can take! Originally settled by French immigrants to the USA, the town has a distinctly European vibe, with its painted homes and charming walking areas. It’s also home to SUNY and some pretty amazing wineries that you can tour during your weekend trip.

top weekend trips from nyc

Aside from wineries and cute B&Bs, you can also visit Minnewaska State Park, which is just outside of New Paltz. It’s got hiking trails and waterfalls galore! In the fall, you can also visit one of the local orchards for some quintessential apple picking activities amidst the brightly colored fall foliage.

Travel Time from NYC : drive from NYC to New Paltz in 1 hour, 45 minutes (there are flights but zero nonstop, and they’re super expensive – NOT recommended) // Check hotel prices in New Paltz, NY

7. Cape May, NJ

Cape May, NJ is where cute, beachside town meets history wonderland meets relaxing weekend getaway. It’s a little seaside area where you can do a whole lot, or a whole lot of nothing! Here, you can sit back on the beach and watch the world go by or get active – your choice!

top weekend trips from nyc

In the summer, you can hit the water with a variety of water sports, including jet skiing, kayaking, sailing, paddleboarding, and more. Or, if you’re up for more of a laid-back approach, book yourself a cruise and set sail in the sunset, having someone else do the work for you as you soak in the beachy breeze and beautiful views.

Travel Time from NYC :  approximately a 2 ½ hour drive south (traffic dependent) // Check hotel prices in Cape May, NJ

8. Atlantic City, NJ

Famed for its various casinos and its long boardwalk area, Atlantic City is known as “America’s Playground” for a reason. You’ll basically find a mini-Vegas here, with lots of elaborate resorts touting casinos and night-time shows perfect for quick trips from NYC. However, despite popular opinion, gambling and other “Sin City” activities aren’t the only things you can do in Atlantic City.

Long weekend trips from NYC

Head to the Boardwalk for some summer fun, like local street eats and a bustling pier, the Steel Pier, with tons of rides and other carnival-style entertainment.You can also take a ride on the Boardwalk Tram, which will bring you around to the different areas of Atlantic City’s boardwalk.

Travel Time from NYC : approximately a 2 hour, 15 minute drive south (traffic dependent) // Check hotel prices in Atlantic City, NJ

9. New Hope, PA

Named as one of “America’s Favorite Towns,” New Hope packs a bunch and is, in our opinion, one of the top weekend getaways from NYC. This historic town has a lively Main Street shopping and walking district full of delicious, locally-owned restaurants to enjoy.

top weekend trips from nyc

While in New Hope, you can book a scenic train ride on the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad, or take a historic walking ghost tour. They even say the ghost of Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton’s infamous killer, wanders the town! Alternatively, you can try to catch a show at the Bucks County Playhouse, one of the most famous theaters in the region.

Travel Time from NYC : approximately a 1 hour, 45 minute drive southwest (traffic dependent) // Check hotel prices in New Hope, PA

10. Catskills / Phoenicia, NY

The Catskills are one of the most quintessential weekend getaways from NYC that ever existed, and it’s among the wonderful quick trips from NYC, too. Here, you can catch some R&R far away from the constant chaos of the city. In the Catskills region surrounding the town of Phoenicia, NY, you’ll find quaint log cabins dotting the mountainsides and forest roads.

Long weekend trips from NYC

Most people come to the Catskills to hang out in a mountain cabin or lodge and relax in peace and quiet. However, if you’re looking for things to do, you can hit up one of the local hiking trails, which lead to beautiful viewpoints or waterfalls in the region. In the winter, you can bundle up and head to a local ski resort to hit the slopes.

Travel Time from NYC : approximately a 2 and a half hour drive north (traffic dependent) // Check hotel prices in the Catskills and Phoenicia, NY

11. Hudson Valley, NY

If you’re looking for an active weekend full of activities, look no further than the Hudson Valley. Located farther up the Hudson River than NYC itself, the valley rests in a really laid-back area you can explore for several days without getting bored! For outdoor lovers, there are tons of trails for hiking and biking, like the Walkway Over the Hudson and the Hudson Valley Rail Trail.

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Speaking of railroads, you can also hop on the Catskill Mountain Railroad for a ride on a historic steam engine-pulled train! Art lovers can head to the Storm King Art Center, an expansive park with 500 whole acres of towering sculptures.

Travel Time from NYC : approximately a 2 hour, 20 minute drive north (traffic dependent) // Check hotel prices in Hudson Valley, NY

12. Albany, NY

Did you know that NYC is NOT the capital city of New York state?! Yup, it’s actually Albany, and this designation (among other awesome attractions) has landed it a spot on our list of best weekend trips from NYC.

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Home to the New York State Museum, which chronicles the history of the state, and the Albany Institute of Art, it’s the perfect place for you culture vultures to get your museum fix! Outdoor enthusiasts may enjoy a trip to nearby Cohoes Falls or the Corning Preserve. And, on Mother’s Day weekend every year, Albany hosts its annual Tulip Festival, where you can take those Instagram-worthy shots with these bright blooms…without having to go all the way to Europe.

Travel Time from NYC : approximately a 3 hour drive north (traffic dependent) // Check hotel prices in Albany, NY

13. Shelter Island, NY

Hop on a short ferry from the lavish Hamptons and you’ll end up in Shelter Island, a MUCH more laid back town across the shore. As one of the less crowded weekend getaways from NYC, Shelter Island is one of the most perfect short trips from NYC to just…get away from it all.

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Filled with cute boutique hotels and charming B&Bs, this captivating town is perfect for indulging in seafood, exploring historic markets, and hiking or kayaking nearby in the Mashomack Preserve. Or, lay out and get your tan on at one of the many sandy beaches that dot the town’s shore.

Travel Time from NYC : approximately a 3 hour drive east (traffic dependent) // Check hotel prices in Shelter Island, NY

14. Hamptons, LI, NY

Ooh, the Hamptons. Those Hamptons. Yup, the ones where all those rich and lavish celebrities and CEOs go every summer with their gigantic vacation homes and manicured yards. But don’t worry, even if you aren’t a rich celebrity ( which, if you are, please let me know because having celebrities read my blog is like #goals ) , you can still visit the Hamptons. In fact, this upscale little area of Long Island is one of the most popular weekend getaways from NYC.

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Most people visit the Hamptons to escape the city, and there are tons of activities there than can help you do that. The whole area is covered with beaches where you can soak up the sun or go for a swim. Besides the incredible beachside dining and bars where you can while away your days, pina colada in hand, there are also tons of family-owned wineries where you can sample some classic NY sips.

Travel Time from NYC : approximately a 2 hour drive north (traffic dependent) // Check hotel prices in South Hampton , East Hampton , Hampton Bays , and Westhampton Beach NY

15. Berkshires, MA

The Berkshires in Massachusetts are an East Coast favorite, and one of the perfect weekend trips from NYC! You can spend the weekend staying in one of the charming inns or boutique hotels in the area and eat delicious local foods at one of the restaurants in Lenox or Pittsfield. Alternatively, hit up one of the local orchards for apple cider, donuts, and other fresh apple treats (especially in the fall, when the trees are BEAUTIFUL!).

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Adrenaline junkies will love ALL of the amazing opportunities to go rafting or ziplining through the forests, or visiting the beautifully-named Bash Bish Falls, which are supposedly the most photographed waterfalls in Massachusetts!

Travel Time from NYC : approximately a 3 hour drive northeast (traffic dependent) // Check hotel prices in the Berkshires, MA

16. North Fork, LI, NY

For a trip to the “countryside” that’s located on Long Island, the North Fork is your best bet. There are tons of pastoral farms, locally-owned wineries and restaurants, and cute waterfront boat areas to explore! You’ll find the bustling little fishing village of Greenport, oysters galore, and a welcomed laid-back flip flop vibe.

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You can learn more about the history and artifacts of this seaside port area at the East End Seaport Museum. Or, if you’d prefer to take it easy, head to one of the handful of wineries in the region to taste local wines and enjoy the beautiful and peaceful vineyards. Many local tour operators offer boat tours of the area, so if you’re craving a trip on the water, this is a relaxing and fun option as well!

Travel Time from NYC : approximately a 2 and a half hour drive east (traffic dependent) // Check hotel prices in Greenport on Long Island

17. New London, CT

At over 350 years old, New London, CT is one of Connecticut’s epicenters for history and culture. With a strong pride in its long history (compared to many other areas on the East Coast, you can’t miss the town’s famous museums, like the Custom House Maritime Museum (and lighthouse) or the Lyman Allyn Art Museum.

While in New London, you HAVE to try the seafood, preferably in a cute, waterfront restaurant where you can watch the sunset with wine in hand! Home to arguably some of the best beaches near NYC, New London is one of the most romantic weekend getaways from NYC to consider for any kind of traveler.

Travel Time from NYC : approximately a 2 hour, 45 minute drive northeast (traffic dependent) // Check hotel prices in New London, CT

18. Cooperstown, NY

Calling all baseball lovers! Coopertown, NY tops the list of best weekend getaways from NYC for everyone who loves baseball. Why? Because it’s home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame! At the Hall of Fame, you can see all kinds of historic and monumental baseball paraphernalia, including Babe Ruth’s glove.

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You can also visit the Farmers’ Museum, which is a living museum that highlights what actual farm life was like in the region. They’ve also got a 37-mile Cooperstown Beverage Trail for when you’re ready to leave the museums in favor of locally-brewed beer. Nearby Glimmerglass State Park offers scenic boat tours and a quiet city getaway when you’re ready to take a break from the city.

Travel Time from NYC : approximately a 4 hour drive northwest (traffic dependent) // Check hotel prices in Cooperstown, NY

19. Newport, RI

Home to lavish, Gatsby-style mansions and the oldest synagogue in the US, Newport has one of the richest and most fascinating histories of all of the long weekend trips from NYC on this list. This seaside town in Rhode Island packs a punch in terms of things to do, which is why we’ve named it one of the best weekend trips from NYC.

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Aside from big homes and waterfront walkways, Newport is also for tennis what Cooperstown is to baseball. It’s home to the National Tennis Hall of Fame, where you can actually take your own tennis lesson – ace!

Travel Time from NYC : approximately a 3 and a half hour drive northeast (traffic dependent) // Check hotel prices in Newport, RI

20. Gloucester, MA

When you hear about Gloucester, Massachusetts, one thing will probably come to mind: beaches. And yes, it’s true, Gloucester is one of the best and most romantic getaways from NYC for this exact reason, its main draw, the beaches. This New England fishing town hasn’t lost its charm, and that’s why it’s one of my favorite long weekend trips from NYC.

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But beaches aren’t all that there is to do in Gloucester – look a little deeper and you’ll find quirky landmarks and historic homes to explore, too. You can head into the depths of Cape Pond Ice, which is a year-round ice house which literally houses blocks of ice for fishermen, or explore an ACTUAL castle, the Hammond Castle.

Travel Time from NYC : approximately a 4 and a half hour drive northeast (traffic dependent) // Check hotel prices in Gloucester, MA

21. Bedford, NY

Bedford is the perfect place for a B&B, farmhouse-style weekend getaway, and it’s one of the best quick trips from NYC, at just an hour’s drive from the city. It’s the perfect place to book a room in a charming historic inn and dine in locally-owned historic taverns. If you’re hoping to do some exploring, there are art galleries, the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, or visit a local animal farm!

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Travel Time from NYC : approximately a 4 hour drive northeast (traffic dependent) // Check hotel prices in Bedford, NY

22. Buffalo, NY

I may be a bit biased (considering I spent 3 ½ years at the University at Buffalo for undergrad), but Buffalo is such a hidden gem in western NY. A city full of waterways, Buffalo is a city that’s equal parts picturesque and laid-back. There are also tons of fun walking streets, like Elmwood Village, which is lined with cafes, local shops, and food trucks for an afternoon strolling the town.

Don’t forget to stop by the Connecting Terminal Grain Elevator after dark to see it illuminated all different colors in the night!

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If you have extra time in the Buffalo area, don’t forget to stop by the beautiful Niagara Falls. Arrive early to avoid the crowds, especially in the warmer months of the year.

Travel Time from NYC : approximately a 6 and a half hour drive northwest (traffic dependent) or fly nonstop to BUF in 1 hour, 25 minutes // Check hotel prices in Buffalo, NY

23. Norwalk, CT

As one of the most fascinating weekend getaways from NYC, Norwalk is one of those cities that was built around the railroad industry, and you can see tons of remnants of that in its attractions. Visit the SoNo Switchtower Museum to learn more about the railroad workings of the town, or the Lockwood Matthews Mansion Museum, which was owned by a railroad financier. You can wrap up your day at a traditional Norwalk restaurant, many of which are nautical-themed in true New England fashion.

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Travel Time from NYC : approximately a 1 hour drive northeast (traffic dependent) // Check hotel prices in Norwalk, CT

24. Nantucket, MA

Wandering the cobblestoned sidewalks of Nantucket is the picturesque New England dream. Nantucks was founded in the 1600s, it’s so surprise that here, you can learn about the history of Massachusetts and the United States, filled with beautiful landmarks that you can visit that reveal part of the story of New England and the United States.

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History buffs will love Nantucket – there are TONS of historic homes and monuments to explore, including a home that was built in the 1600s and an old, European-style windmill!  There’s also old lighthouses and churches that you can see. Few other towns on the East Coast are as Instagram-worthy as Nantucket.

Travel Time from NYC : fly to Boston then ferry to Nantucket, or take an approximately 7 hour drive northeast (traffic dependent) // Check hotel prices in Nantucket, MA

25. Cape Cod, MA

Cape Cod is the broader coastal area that includes Nantucket, and it’s one of Massachusetts’ most beloved beach town areas. Lined with regal vacation homes and big, beach resorts, the 560 miles of coastline in Cape Cod is the main draw. Most people come here for the beach, but within Cape Cod, you can also find excellent seafood restaurants, historic homes and lighthouses, and small, home-owned farms.

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Aside from the beach, you can find live music performances and vineyards dotting the Cape Cod area, which is perfect for an afternoon or evening outing after spending the daytime at the beach. Plus, Cape Cod’s sunsets are absolutely breathtaking.

Travel Time from NYC : approximately a 4 and a half hour drive northeast (traffic dependent) // Check hotel prices in Cape Cod, MA

26. Martha’s Vineyard, MA

A quick ferry trip from Cape Cod, MA, Martha’s Vineyard is a beloved weekend trip from NYC and from nearby Boston. This picturesque little island oasis is an East Coast favorite, dotted with lighthouses, gardens, beaches, and cute Victorian homes.

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Of course, there are tons of beaches where you can hang out all day every day. But if you’re not about lounging around on the seashore all the time, you can do a ton of the other island activities, like visiting a lighthouse, going for a boat ride off the shore, or hanging out at a historic inn near the water.

Travel Time from NYC : approximately a 5 hour, 45 minute drive northeast (traffic dependent) // Check hotel prices on Martha’s Vineyard, MA

27. Greenwich, Connecticut

Historic buildings. Beautiful seasides. Charming inns in old mansions. These are just three of the myriad things that place Greenwich, Connecticut among the most quintessential romantic weekend getaways from NYC. Here, you can explore local restaurants, bars, and art galleries, visit a beautiful seaside escape, or take a tour of some of the most haunted places in the East Coast…spooky!

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Additionally, there are several nature reserves and parks in the Greenwich area that you can explore to escape into nature, enjoying the waterfront, the Arboretum, and the beautiful gardens around the city.

Travel Time from NYC : approximately a 1 hour drive north (traffic dependent) // Check hotel prices in Greenwich, CT

28. Bermuda

Ohhh, didn’t think of Bermuda as being one of the best weekend getaways from NYC, am I right? If you’re longing for some bright turquoise waters, pink sandy beaches (yes, I just said pink), and true relaxation time, head to Bermuda.

When I visited I couldn’t get enough of Horseshoe Bay and it’s stunning blue waters. Be sure to rent a scooter and explore the island – cliff jumping, beach clubs, the Naval Dockyard, and Saint George’s Island (complete with cobblestoned streets and admirable architecture) await.

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Heck, if the timing works out, you can even take a short roundtrip cruise from NYC directly to Bermuda. It’s important to note that Bermuda lies off the coast of the Carolinas, and therefore doesn’t experience beach weather year round. Keep that in mind if you’re hoping for a warm-weather, Caribbean-esque escape.

Note that you’ll need a passport to enter Bermuda, as it’s a British Island Territory (although this is commonly waived if you’re visiting Bermuda on a cruise)

Travel Time from NYC : approximately a 2 hour flight to BDA // Check hotel prices in Bermuda

29. Philadelphia, PA

Having lived on the East Coast for the bulk of my entire life, can you believe I finally made the quick jaunt over to Philly just a few years ago? We spent our time gallivanting around the streets (a good mix of cobblestone and paved roads), admiring the murals scattered around the city, shoving our mouths with treats from Reading Terminal Market, all while learning about some of the country’s most significant historic attractions.

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When the weather’s nice, the City of Brotherly Love is the most perfect place to explore for a few days. Don’t miss a stroll around Love Park, Rittenhouse Square, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Liberty Bell Center (a must on any visit to Philly), Reading Terminal Market, and the Magic Gardens.

Travel Time from NYC : approximately a 2 hour drive southwest (traffic dependent) // Check hotel prices in Philadelphia, PA or stay at the Kimpton Monaco (my favorite)

30. Boston, MA

It’s safe to say that Boston is a city filled with historical facts just around each and every corner.  And despite being such a prominent city in US history, the largest city in New England has so much more to offer. The luscious green parks are abundant, the long waterfront walks are plentiful, and the amount of shopping will surely make any woman smile.  

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Being one of America’s oldest cities, it’s safe to say that there are a ton of activities to keep busy, which makes Boston one of the best weekend getaways from NYC. Boston Common, the Public Garden (ride a swan boat if you feel so inclined!), Quincy Market, Newbury Street, Boston Harborwalk, North End, and Paul Revere’s House are all recommended spots.

And plus, Boston is a foodies paradise. With its location being so close to the water, you can easily find lots of fresh seafood to indulge in– lobster and fish + chips included! In addition, grab world-famous cannolis at Mike’s Pastry Shop, noodles at Wagamama, salads from Stephanie’s on Newbury, and brunch from Elephant and Castle.

Travel Time from NYC : Fly nonstop to BOS in roughly 1 hour 15 minutes, or drive from NYC to Boston in 4 ½ hours  // Check flight prices // Check hotel prices in Boston, MA

→ Read Next: A Weekend Getaway to Boston // Foodies Guide to Boston

31. Portland, Maine

Lobster-loving friends, you’re in luck, because Portland, Maine is suuuuch a short flight away from NYC. I finally visited last summer, and I have to say, I have NO clue what took me so long to get up here. The foodies out there will want to try the famous fries and sea salted duck fat caramel milkshakes at Duckfat, lobster rolls at The Highroller Lobster Co, blueberry donuts at Holy Donut, and the official state treat, the whoopie pie.

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Don’t leave without admiring the views from the Portland Observatory, sampling a few brewskis at Allagash Brewing Company (free tour included!), checking out the Portland Head Light, taking a short cruise on Casco Bay, and driving a bit south to Ogunquit (take a stroll on the Marginal Way) and the charming Kennebunkport.

Travel Time from NYC : Fly nonstop to PWM in roughly 1 hour 25 minutes, or drive from NYC to Portland in 5 ½ hours  // Check flight prices // Check hotel prices in Portland, Maine

So there ya have it! A whole slew of long weekend trips from NYC. Which ones are on your list?

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The 21 Best Spring Weekend Getaways from NYC

The 21 Best Spring Weekend Getaways from NYC

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Spring in New York is something special; the trees and shrubs in the parks have their first leaves, there are flowers to be seen everywhere, and the weather is finally starting to warm up. There are many wonderful destinations near New York City that are worth visiting in the spring.  On my list of the best spring weekend getaways from NYC, I will show you my personal favorites. The selection ranges from city trips to relaxing days in the mountains of New York State. With so many options, there is definitely something for you!

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For all of the spring weekend getaways originating from NYC, I’ll show you the top attractions you won’t want to miss. Have fun!

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21 Amazing Day Trips and Weekend Getaways From NYC in Spring

Brooklyn botanic garden: a perfect spring family day trip in nyc.

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The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is the natural wonder of New York City and is especially popular during the cherry blossom season. Many people come to the botanic garden in Brooklyn just to see this natural spectacle. This place always has a special aura to it, as there is something wonderful blossoming here in any season. It’s located right inside Prospect Park in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Day Trip to Boston from New York in Spring

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This day trip to Boston takes you through one of Americas most interesting historical cities. Everything from architecture to monuments and historically significant spots make this tour a great choice for all history lovers. Boston is a beautiful city and a nice contrast to NYC, making it the perfect getaway for a day! The bus will leave from the Gray Line Visitors Center and take approximately 4 hours.

Things to do in Boston on your day trip from New York in Spring

  • stroll along Charles River Esplanade
  • explore the famed Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • visit the famous Fenway Park ( this is the best tour )
  • enjoy a coffee in Boston Common (I love this park!)
  • enjoy a historical adventure and travel back in time to 1773 to be part of the famous Boston Tea Party

Places To See in Boston

  • Museum of African American History
  • New England Aquarium (perfect for families!)
  • Museum of Fine Art
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Helpful links

If you looking for an accommodation check our this website and if you want to rent a car in New York, I recommend this site .

Just Amazing: This 2-Days Trip to Niagara Falls

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If you are in New York in spring and are thinking about planning a day trip, then I can recommend a trip to Niagara Falls. I myself have been to Niagara Falls several times from New York and was always impressed by this natural spectacle.

My tip: These are the 5 Best Niagara Falls Day Trips from New York .

Insider Weekend Getaway from NYC in Spring: Baltimore!

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Baltimore is the capital of the US state of Maryland with a long and important history. It is somewhat comparable to Boston and yet it has its own charm.

During my roadtrip along the east coast of the USA, Baltimore landed on my itinerary for the first time. Due to its location by the ocean, it has its very own charm and is especially interesting for those who already know Boston and Washington. From New York you can reach Baltimore in about 3 hours. In terms of time, it makes no difference whether you travel by rental car or train.

Things to do in Spring in Baltimore on your day trip from New York

  • Do a craft-beer brewery tour or whiskey tasting tour (Baltimore is famous for both!)
  • Enjoy beautiful river views at the Inner Harbor …
  • … or from high above when visiting Top of the World Observation Level
  • Take photos of Historic Ships in Baltimore

Places To See

  • National Aquarium
  • Reginald F. Lewis Museum
  • Port Discovery Children’s Museum
  • Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

If you want to rent a car in New York, I recommend this site .

Among The Best Spring Weekend Getaways near NYC: the White Mountain National Forest

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If you’re looking for a day trip that puts you in the middle of nature, then you’ve found it in this region! The White Mountain National Forest spans from western Maine into eastern New Hampshire and is just a short five-hour drive from Manhattan. You can expect to experience breathtaking scenery, wildlife, clear mountain streams, and lakes, as well as take part in outdoor recreational activities all year.

Things to do in the White Mountains on your day trip from New York

  • Hike to Arethusa Falls, which is New Hampshire’s tallest waterfall.  
  • Rent a rustic cabin at one of the many sites throughout the forest.  
  • Conway scenic railway
  • Polar Caves Park
  • Cranmore Mountain Resort

American Dream with Entertainment Complex: A Shopping Trip from NYC

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Attention shoppers: the Greater New York City area is now home to one of the largest malls in the nation – the American Dream mall. After many years of waiting and constant delays, the massive shopping and entertainment complex are already open.

The American Dream complex is much more than just a mall. Besides hundreds of shops, you will also find an unbelievable number of entertainment facilities here. As a matter of fact, the complex is almost split evenly amongst shopping and entertainment.

Day Trip (2 days) to Washington D.C., Philadelphia & Amish Country

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This tour is one of my favorite spring family day trips from NYC. It combines several destinations at once: you will visit the most important sights of D.C. and Philadelphia and afterwards the interesting Amish Country. Departure is at the Gray Line Visitors Center.

This is what you can expect on this guided spring day trip from New York

  • Philadelphia: Visit Constitution Hall and Independence Square
  • Philadelphia: See the world-famous Liberty Bell in Philadelphia
  • Philadelphia: Run up the “Rocky Steps”
  • Washington D.C.: visit National Mall and Lincoln Memorial
  • Take an authentic Amish buggy ride and visit a traditional market

Martha's Vineyard: My Favorite Family Spring Weekend Getaway from NYC

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If you’re looking to venture a bit further from NYC, then you should consider going to Martha’s Vineyard for the day. Martha’s Vineyard is an island that rests seven miles off of Cape Cod, Massachusetts’ southern coast. At a little over five hours, getting there is half the adventure.

The island is just 100 square miles and is a famous summer colony, but it also has a year-round population of around 17,000 residents. The island consists of six towns: Edgartown, Aquinnah, Tisbury, West Tisbury, Oak Bluffs, and Chilmark.

Things to do at Martha’s Vineyard on your day trip from New York in Spring

  • Keep an eye out for celebrities – everyone from Meg Ryan and Seth Meyers to the Obamas are known to frequent the area.  
  • Spend a few hours exploring Oak Bluffs.  
  • Take a walking tour of Edgartown.  
  • Gingerbread Houses
  • The Island’s five lighthouses
  • Alley’s General Store

If you looking for an accommodation check our this website , here you can check the schedule of the ferry and if you want to rent a car in New York, I recommend this site .

Finger Lakes

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New York’s Finger Lakes region spans an area that encompasses 11 lakes in an area that was once covered by glaciers. In addition to the lakes, this region is also home to many natural pools, gorges, waterfalls, wineries, and state parks. The two most popular lakes are the deepest and largest: Cayuga Lake is 435 feet deep and is in Ithaca, while Seneca Lake is 618 feet deep and is found in the Watkins Glen State Park.

Many consider this the most underrated part of New York and makes for a great day trip away from New York City. It’s perfect for nearly everyone as the region has plenty of things to see and do.

Distance: 260 Miles (5 hours by car)

Things to do in the Finger Lakes Region on your spring day trip from New York

  • Go on a wine tasting tour.  
  • Take in a game at NBT Bank Stadium.
  • Enjoy dinner and sunset on a boat cruise.

Places To See on your Day Trip from New York

  • Watkins Glen State Park (the trail is amazing!)
  • Robert Treman State Park
  • Rosamond Gifford Zoo
  • Corning Museum of Glass

Woodbury Outlet Shopping Trip

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Less than 1 hour from Manhattan you will find the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets. With over 220 designer stores like Dolce & Gabbana, Gap Outlet, Nike Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, Timberland and more, this is definitely the place to go on a shooping spree. You will leave from the Port Authority Bus Terminal (42nd Street at 8th Avenue) and take the bus for a swift ride there and back.

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Day Trip To Washington D.C.: One of the most interesting day trips you can take from NYC in Spring

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The American capital Washington D.C. is a good four hours’ drive from New York City and a wonderful destination when you are looking for Spring Weekend Getaways near NYC. You can do it by your own or check out this guided bus tour. The bus will take you south through the states of New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland until you reach Capitol Hill.

Things to do in Washington D.C. on your day trip from New York

  • check out the Monuments by Moonlight Nighttime Trolley Tour (500+ reviews!)
  • Stroll through the neighborhood of Georgetown
  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
  • visit the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Korean War Veterans Memorial

Places To See in Washington D.C.

  • Lincoln Memorial
  • The White House
  • National Mall
  • United States Capitol
  • Washington National Cathedral
  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • Thomas Jefferson Memorial

Central Park: a perfect Weekend Getaway in New York in Spring

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Central Park spans from Midtown Manhattan all the way up to Harlem. There are about 340 hectares of land and is a popular meeting place for New Yorkers. With about 35 million visitors per year, the man-made park is an attraction not only for tourists. New Yorkers love Central Park and its tranquility. Many events are held here such as the NYC Marathon. There are also tons of green spaces, walking lanes, and bike lanes. Central Park is home to Sheep’s Meadow, Bow Bridge, Bethesda Terrace, Central Park Zoo, and many other things as well.

And it’s perfect when you are looking for a weekend getaway in spring! Central Park is also a wonderful place that I mention in my ultimate guide to Staycation Hotels in New York .

Phoenicia: A Great Spring Day Trip from NYC for Families in the Catskill Mountains

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Phoenicia, New York, is a hidden gem located in the beautiful Hudson Valley. This Catskills town is an off-the-beaten-path and home to a collection of natural attractions and acclaimed dining establishments. Located just two and a half hours from New York City, this area has more than enough corners to explore during a day trip.

Between the close proximity to Manhattan and gorgeous scenery, this is a popular area in the spring and summer months. Yet, Phoenicia is a wonderful place to visit any time of the year, as there are always activities such as shopping, dining, and exploring the high peaks of the Catskill Mountains.

Distance: 130 Miles (2 – 2,5 hours by car)

Things to do in Phoenicia on your day trip from New York

  • Enjoy a meal at the Phoenicia Diner.  
  • Tube down the Esopus.
  • Take a hike through the Mount Tobias forest.

Places To See in Phoenicia

  • World’s largest kaleidoscope
  • Catskills scenic drive
  • Downtown Phoenicia

A Spring Day Trip from NYC: Poughkeepsie

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Poughkeepsie is known by many as the “Queen City of the Hudson”, as it is located on the banks of the Hudson River in the scenic Hudson Valley. This area was established during the 17th century by Dutch settlers, but today it’s a bustling college town that’s also popular with tourists.

Located just an hour and forty-five minutes from NYC, Poughkeepsie is the perfect place for anyone looking to enjoy historic architecture, trendy boutiques, and fine dining spots. Additionally, the area is home to 22 parks, so there are lots of green spaces to spend the day.

Things to do in Poughkeepsie on your day trip from New York in the spring-time

  • Experience the walkway over the Hudson River.
  • Take a tour of Samuel Morse Locust Grove Estate.
  • Enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants before heading to the Bardavon Opera House to enjoy a show.  

Places to see in Poughkeepsie on your day trip from New York

  • Historic Huguenot Street
  • Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center
  • Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum

New Haven: A Hidden Spring Weekend Getaways near NYC

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New Haven is a quaint community located in Connecticut in the Long Island Sound and is the perfect destination for anyone looking to get away from NYC for a day. In fact, New Haven is only about two hours from Manhattan, so the trip is relatively easy and painless. And the best part is that this area has a lot to offer! From imaginative art and delicious cuisine to sandy beaches, there’s something for everyone.

Distance: 80 Miles (2 hours by car)

Things to do in New Haven on your day trip from New York

  • Tour the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.
  • Ride the carousel at Lighthouse Point Park.
  • Enjoy a show at Shubert Theater.
  • Yale University
  • East Rock Park
  • Five Mile Point Light

Philadelphia Day Trip from New York

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This day trip will take you from New York to Philadelphia. In the heart of the historic city, the famous Liberty Bell, Constitution Square and Constitution Hall are waiting to be discovered. Of course, the famous steps from the movie “Rocky” and the Parque del Amor and City Hall are not missing. In short, you will definitely see all the highlights that Philadelphia has to offer.

Things to do in Philadelphia on your day trip from New York

  • Hop over to Lancaster and take a horse-drawn buggy ride through Amish farm country.
  • Visit Independence Hall, where the founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence.
  • Tour the Museum of the American Revolution or the Benjamin Franklin Museum.
  • Walk down Elfreth’s Alley. This road is America’s first residential street, dating back to 1702, and is home to many art galleries, shops, and restaurants today.  
  • View the art collections at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts or the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  

Places To See in Philadelphia

  • The Liberty Bell
  • Betsy Ross House
  • Franklin Square
  • The Rocky Statue and the Rocky steps
  • Eastern State Penitentiary

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Albany is New York’s capital city and is not just the oldest city in the state, but it’s one of the oldest in the nation. English immigrants took control of Albany, NY, in 1664 and named it after the Duke of Albany. By the early 1800s, the city was the 10th largest in the country, which is a title that San Jose, CA, took. The area’s growth was fueled by the creation of the Erie Canal and the railroad, and it continued to serve as a vital transportation hub until the early 1900s.

Hence, as you can see, this area has an extensive history, and there are many local attractions that help provide excellent learning experiences for newbies. Today, this capital city and college town is home to about 100,000 people and has something for everyone.

Distance: 150 Miles (2,5 hours by car)

Things to do in Albany on your day trip from New York

  • Enjoy local flavors such as Chicken Joe’s, Pint-Sized, and Madison Pour House.  
  • Stroll through the Albany Institute of Art & History.
  • Ride a bike at the historic Washington Park.
  • See a show at the Capital Repertory Theater.
  • Hike Albany Pine Bush Preserve.

Places to see in Albany on your day trip from New York.

  • John Boyd Thacher State Park
  • The Capitol Building
  • Empire State Plaza
  • Schuyler Mansion
  • Corning Tower Observation Deck

Ocean City: One of the Best Spring Weekend Getaways from NYC with Kids

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Ocean City is not only affordable, but it’s also more kid-friendly than other comparable destinations and is known for specializing in American family beach vacations. There are so many things to do in this city that you’ll have difficulty narrowing down an itinerary.

From the boardwalk and its amusement rides to the powdery beaches and delicious seafood eateries, there is no shortage of establishments in Ocean City.

Things to do in Ocean City on your day trip from New York in Spring

  • Grab a snack and enjoy ocean views at the boardwalk.
  • Eat breakfast at Fractured Prune Donuts.
  • Spend a day having fun on the water with Paradise Watersports.

Places To See in Ocean City

  • Jolly Roger Amusement Park
  • Art League of Ocean City
  • Northside Park

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Ithaca is the largest city found in New York’s Finger Lakes region. This is a lovely town and is an excellent place to visit with many things to do. Set along the southern end of Cayuga Lake, this location is famed as the home of Cornell University, countless gorges, and more than 150 waterfalls.

Though Ithaca is home to a sizable portion of college students and the city conveys more of a youthful feel, it’s also steeped in history and full of fascinating historic sites and buildings. This is an excellent destination for outdoor activities as it’s home to a plethora of state parks, but it’s also a great place to relax, shop, and dine.

Things to do in Ithaca on your day trip from New York in Spring

  • Explore the city, and don’t be afraid to try local flavors such as Gimme Coffee, One Ring Donuts, and the Ithaca Farmers Market.  
  • “Ithaca is gorges,” so be sure to take a hike at one of the many state parks.  
  • Enjoy your evening hours at Firelight Campfire Lounge.

Places To See in Ithaca

  • Cornell University Campus
  • Taughannock Falls
  • West End District

Sleepy Hollow: Weekend Getaway to one of the Most Haunted Towns in America

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Sleepy Hollow is situated just 30 miles north of New York City and makes for a great day trip away from the stress of the city. This famed town inspired one of America’s most famous books, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, by Washington Irving. Located in the gorgeous Hudson Valley in Westchester County, this is one of the nation’s cutest towns and makes for an unforgettable experience.

This is a great destination for anyone looking to take in some nature, view historical sites, or even go on a ghost tour. After all, Sleepy Hollow is known as one of the most haunted towns in America, with legends dating back to the original Dutch settlement in the 1600s!

Things to do in Sleepy Hollow on your day trip from New York

  • Take photos at the Headless Horseman’s Bridge.
  • Visit the Dutch Reform Church.
  • Experience history at Philipsburg Manor.

Places To See in Sleepy Hollow

  • Headless Horseman statue
  • Sunnyside Estate
  • Kykuit – Former Rockefeller home

Hamilton Township, NJ: A Weekend Getaway for Everyone

Hamilton Township is the 9th largest town in New Jersey, but the area is comfortably spread out over 40 square miles. This region is home to more than 64 state parks, playgrounds, and acres of preserved land. Within just one hour of NYC, Hamilton is a great place to take a day trip.

Hamilton, New Jersey, is fun for anyone looking to visit historical parks or attend local community events. This town enjoys a bustling and local economy with large retail centers and small retail shops alike; Hamilton is one town that caters to just about everyone’s wallet.

Distance: 60 Miles (1,5 hours by car)

Things to do in Hamilton Township on your day trip from New York

  • Explore the Sayan House and Gardens.  
  • Take a ride on the New Hope Railroad.
  • Spend an hour or two meandering around the Art Museum at Princeton University.

Places To See in Hamilton Township

  • Grounds for Sculpture
  • Shaky Bridge
  • Tulpehaking Nature Center

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Looking for some awesome options for weekend trips from NYC? As someone who likes to take weekend breaks from the city several times throughout the year, I got you.

As much as we all love New York City, sometimes it’s nice to escape from these busy streets and high energy. Whether you’re looking for romantic getaways from NYC or just one of those New York weekend breaks that are so necessary every now and then, I’ve got you covered.

With our complete guide to weekend getaways from NYC, all within 4-6 hours driving distance from here, you will be ready to book your trips.

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Bathtub at the Urban Cowboy Lodge in the Catskills New York

If you’re looking for the complete opposite of city life, head to the Catskills for a mountain getaway in any of the many incredible towns anytime of year as this is a great all-season getaway.

In the summer you’re greeted with plenty of lakes, rivers, and mountain activities. In the fall you’re surrounded by the impressive fall foliage, scenic drives, hikes, and gorgeous stays. In the winter you can take advantage of all the slopes in the region and have romantic cabin stays. And in the spring you can explore the cool, historic towns and foodie scene – or why not combine all of these activities in any visit!

There are so many cool weekend getaways from NYC in the Catskills and being only around 2 hours drive from New York, this makes one of the best weekend roads trips from NYC any time of year that just never gets old, no two visits are the same.

Since this region includes many towns and destinations, a few of our top Catskills weekend trip from NYC picks include:

Phoenicia – this cool town has great restaurants and shops to check out. You’ll want to drive around and check out spots like the World’s Largest Kaleidoscope, enjoy a spa day at Emerson Resort and Spa, and visit the nearby town of Woodstock.

Woodstock – speaking of Woodstock, this is another great place to base if you’re looking for a really cool downtown full of galleries, shops, and great places to eat. There are also great hikes nearby at Overlook Mountain, a Buddhist temple and retreat, plus you can take a drive to Opus 40 to view the outdoor sculpture park.

Roxbury – stay a ‘night’ at the Roxbury , or a weekend getaway from NYC that’s a fun-themed experience! This themed hotel is a destination on its own and they have two properties, one of which is located next to Stratton Falls. In the winter you can also ski at nearby Plattekill Mountain.

See the rest of our weekend getaways in the Catskills for more ideas and more information on planning the perfect weekend trip from NYC!

Top Pick For Where to stay in the Catskills:

Are you ready to put up an OOO message like you mean it? Head to Urban Cowboy Lodge , a picturesque, 68-acre wilderness resort where the Esopus Creek runs through the property and there is very little cell phone service and no TV. Unwind with a cocktail in one of their clawfoot tubs or play a board game by the fire. That status report meeting can wait!!! 

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Adirondacks

Great Camp Sagamore on Sagamore Lake in the Adirondacks New York

Similar to the outdoorsy getaway in the Catskills, the Adirondack Mountains are also a refreshing escape from city life and one of the most popular options for city-goers as a weekend trip from NYC. 

Located in the northeastern part of New York, the Adirondacks are accessible by train from NYC, we would recommend renting a car since it’ll cut your travel time in half, literally and you’ll also want to have a car to explore.

A train could take 10+ hours and driving takes just over 5, not to mention once you’re here you’ll want the freedom to explore as many of the things to do and see here are spread out.

If you are looking for an experience beyond the mountains, the Adirondacks is the place to go. As expected, there are opportunities for hiking, biking, and exploring, but there are so many more awesome things to check out during your getaway including white water rafting in the warmer months, ski resorts in the winter months (good enough to host the winter Olympics not once but twice!), museums, hiking year round, craft breweries, wineries, distilleries & more, plus tons of really beautiful towns to check out!

Any time of the year, this is a wonderful place for weekend getaways from NYC. This is a great getaway any season, in the summer you have fun hiking and lake activities, the fall brings beautiful foliage, there are an endless amount of winter sports and activities to enjoy especially around Lake Placid where the winter Olympics were held twice, and in the spring you have a slew of attractions to enjoy as well.

While this area is spread out, these are our top two choices for a weekend trip from NYC in the Adirondacks:

Lake George –  full of outdoor activities like kayaking, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, camping, boating, and even more opportunities for family fun. Be sure to take a scenic tour by a historic boat on the lake, check out all the dining and shopping plus lake views downtown, be sure to check out the brewery in Bolton Landing, and if you’re up for fun check out one of the many mini golf courses here! Don’t forget about the opportunities either.

Lake Placid – The perfect outdoorsy mountain getaway and weekend trips from NYC with so many adventurous opportunities for fun. Be sure to visit the Lake Placid Olympics Museum, which honors the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics that took place there! Visit Mirror Lake, no matter the season especially in the winter when it freezes over and you can walk on it! Be sure to take a scenic drive and visit the enchanting waterfalls of Ausable Chasm nearby too.

Where to stay in the Adirondacks:

One of the most famous places to stay in the Adirondacks and best weekend trips from NYC any season is located on an island in Lake George. The luxurious and famous Sagamore Hotel is a premier destination and property was named by Architectural Digest as being one of the most beautiful hotels in the Adirondacks as well as being an official AAA Four Diamond recipient.

This hotel dates back to the 1880s and is designated as a National Register of Historic Places. Stay in one of their condos, standard rooms, luxury suites, or a private lodge overlooking the gorgeous Lake George.  Book here.

Finger Lakes

From the city, any New Yorker can get to the Finger Lakes in less than 6 hours! The bus travels from NYC to Geneva, NY and then all you have to do is take a rideshare or cab for a few miles! However, this trip is best done by renting a car. Weekend getaways from NYC are much better when you have the freedom to make stops in an area as vast and spread out as the Finger Lakes.

As far as how to spend your time when you get there, this is another one of those outdoorsy regions with so much to do as well as great places to base for your weekend getaways like a romantic vacation rental around Keuka Lake or Seneca Lake, a girls weekend in Ithaca , and an action-packed city escape to Rochester to name a few ideas.

This region deserves a lot more attention and when you see the beauty of all the 11 lakes, waterfalls, and surrounding scenery, to the small towns, and all of the Finger Lakes attractions you’ll understand why.

If you love the adventures of alcohol when vacationing, this is your place! The Finger Lakes has over 100 wineries and over 75 craft breweries. Bottoms up!

In addition to the wine and beer tasting opportunities, you can check out some of the best state parks, hiking trails, historic sites, museums, and more.

There is also no lack of waterfalls in this region. To check out some of the best waterfalls you will want to plan a visit Ithaca, Watkins Glen State Park, Letchworth State Park, and others!

You won’t want to miss out on this countryside escape from NYC and all the amazing things to do in the Finger Lakes , you’ll need to make multiple trips!

Where to stay in the Finger Lakes:

We highly recommend booking a charming romantic cottage in the Finger Lakes right on the water for you weekend trip from NYC! We love this spot on Seneca Lake, the heart of two of the area’s wine trails, both the Seneca Lake Wine Trail and the Keuka Lake Wine Trail making for the perfect romantic getaway from NYC. Book Now on VRBO.

Niagara Falls

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Niagara Falls is a gem you won’t want to overlook when planning your weekend getaways from NYC. Niagara Falls is a city in western New York not far from Buffalo, NY. Wondering how to get there from NYC?

The most efficient way is by car, but if you aren’t opposed to a 9-10 hour bus or train ride, that could be a more affordable option! Definitely explore other options if renting a car is not in your weekend getaways from NYC budget.

Obviously, the greatest attraction in Niagara Falls is the group of three gorgeous and natural waterfalls that border the United States and Canada.

There are many options of vantage points to soak in this natural wonder.

The highly recommended Maid of the Mist boat tour seems to be the best thing you can do while visiting the Falls. This tour gives visitors an amazing experience from the base of the Falls and they’ve actually been doing this tour since the 1840s! Be prepared to get look like you went for a swim, you will get wet! But you’ll also get some awesome pictures in your poncho.

In addition to the Maid of the Mist, you can see the falls from observation towers, helicopters, and even caves!

Come prepared with your passport if you feel the urge to visit the Canadian side of the Falls! Check out the Niagara Fallsview Casino for a drink, some gambling, or shopping!

Niagara Falls is a perfect destination for New York weekend breaks!

Where to stay at Niagara Falls:

There are many hotels on the New York side of the falls, but the best options for accommodation in our opinion is on the Canadian side as many hotels offer waterfall views! We recommend getting a room with a view of Niagara Falls at Hotel Sheraton on the Falls .

Washington DC

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While planning one of your weekend trips from NYC, you should definitely consider exploring the country’s capital and all the historic landmarks, museums, and more!

While there are the obvious things to see like the Lincoln Memorial and The White House, there is so much more to see in DC!

One of the best ways to learn the lay of the land is by checking out some of the great tours to get to learn about the history and different landmarks!

Not too long ago, I was a first-timer in Washington DC. My boyfriend and I took a segway tour of the entire area! We rented segways from Bike and Roll DC and got a full lesson on how to properly ride them before we took off!

This was the most fun and efficient way to see DC. You ride all over and stop at all the greatest attractions and monuments for a photo op and a brief history lesson. When you finish the tour, you will have plenty of time to explore museums, restaurants, shopping areas, and more!

If you’d prefer a different kind of tour, here a variety of amazing tours you can take during your getaway!

  • 5 hour  Washington DC moonlight trolley tour 
  • 6-hour day tour of Washington DC visiting the most iconic buildings, such as the White House, Capitol Building, Lincoln Memorial, and more. This awesome tour ends with a cruise down the Potomac River on a private yacht.
  • Condensed  3-hour Best of DC tour
  • Eat your way through the city by joining this  3-hour Georgetown Walking Food Tour , plus a portion of your ticket is donated to Bread for the City, a local charity.

Where to Stay in Washington DC:

While spending a weekend or short stay in Washington DC we recommend picking a hotel with a great location close to all the amazing attractions in the city. We recommend the 4-star Grand Hyatt Washington for its location and gorgeous hotel property.

Jersey Shore, New Jersey

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Forget everything you think you may know about Jersey Shore-based on the “reality” show on MTV. The Jersey Shore refers to the 120+ miles of gorgeous Atlantic coastline along the state of New Jersey. Many of these beaches are packed with boardwalks, amusement parks, amazing food, and definitely a good time.

There are over 40 different towns along this coast, and while that sounds like too many options, just know you can never really go wrong if you’re on the beach.

A very popular spot along the Jersey Shore is Atlantic City. Visiting Atlantic City is a really common spot for weekend getaways from NYC because there is just so much to do in this beach city.

Atlantic City is known for its iconic boardwalk, multiple casinos and nightclubs, and expansive beaches!

So definitely keep this in mind when planning your getaway, but if Atlantic City isn’t what you’re looking for, here are some of the other awesome spots along the Jersey Shore:

  • Point Pleasant Beach
  • Beach Haven on Long Beach Island

Getting to the Jersey Shore by car takes a brief hour and a half or so! There are also trains you can take via NJ Transit!

Where to Stay at the Jersey Shore:

We recommend heading to Atlantic City if it’s your first time to the Jersey Shore on the ocean and next to the historic boardwalk! We recommend going all out and staying at the upscale and luxury 5-star Ocean Casino Resort .

Cooperstown

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Cooperstown, New York is located in central New York and is easily accessible for weekend getaways from NYC. Travelers can rent a car and get there in just under 4 hours by driving or travel by train or bus and get there in 6-7 hours.

Cooperstown is definitely a town that thrives on baseball and many tourists that love the sport gather here to visit the famous National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, which was established in 1939.

This museum has brought baseball fans from all across the country and it actually resurrected the city of Cooperstown after being hit by the Great Depression.

In addition to the Hall of Fame, many people visit Cooperstown for its Doubleday Field, the “Original Baseball Diamond of America,” which officially opened in 1920 and to this day families from all over the nation come here to watch their children play in youth baseball tournaments.

While you’re visiting, check out Mickey’s Place. This shop has every baseball cap you could imagine, along with tons of vintage collectibles, baseball cards, personalized bats, and more.

Other than baseball, visitors can get their brew on by taking tours or joining tastings of Belgian-style beers at Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown.

The city is also lined with plenty of awesome restaurants and bars. A little town packed with so much to see and do.

Where to Stay in Cooperstown:

One of the best ways to spend in a charming town in New York is by staying at a B&B, a home away from home. We recommend the elegant Landmark Inn set in a 19th century home with a gorgeous maple tree-lined driveway and just a 10-minute walk to the hall of fame!

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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This is a spot you just can’t leave off your weekend trips from NYC list. And luckily for you, Philadelphia is easily accessible by trains leaving from Penn Station.

Philadelphia is not only rich with American history, it is an amazing tourist attraction that everyone should experience!

Philadelphia was founded by William Penn in 1682 and is home to the Liberty Bell, which is the famous symbol of American Independence. Today the Bell is located in the Liberty Bell Center and it is apart of Independence National Historical Park. It is a great tourist attraction and definitely something visitors should check out during their trip.

One thing you must do when visiting Philly is getting cheesesteaks from two of Philly’s most epic steak spots, Pat’s and Geno’s. You may have heard of these famous eateries, which have known to be somewhat of rivals in the cheesesteak business. A locals tip I’ve learned since my boyfriend is from Philly, is to get a cheesesteak from each spot and split them so you each get one half from Pat’s and one half from Geno’s.

One of my personal favorite things to do in Philly is visiting Penn’s Landing! This is an area along the Delaware River Waterfront and depending on the season, it offers so many awesome things to do! My recommendation is hanging out in Spruce Street Harbor Park to grab a couple beers, lounge in the amazing hammocks, and have some great eats.

My last recommendation is a MUST when in Philly. The best photo op and way to remember your weekend getaway will be by posing with the famous Rocky statue and posing on the Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Art Museum!

This is easily one of my favorite cities and there’s so much more to do! Some other places to check out are the Reading Terminal Market, the famous LOVE Sculpture, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and Boathouse Row to name a few.

Where to Stay in Philadelphia:

For a weekend trip from NYC to Philadelphia, you will want to stay close to all the best attractions. We recommend staying at the Hyatt Centric Center City Philadelphia to be in the heart of Rittenhouse Square.

Hudson Valley

The Armour Stiner Octagon House in Tarrytown New York

This historic location is definitely worth visiting all year round, but it is most popular in the fall season because of the Sleepy Hollow folklore.

Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown in Hudson Valley, are nationally known to be one of the most haunted towns and a great attraction for those interested in paranormal tourism. These Hudson Valley towns have had a spooky mystique dating back to the 1600s and Dutch settlement days.

If you haven’t heard of Sleepy Hollow, it is tied to Irving’s literary classic that is considered one of the first popular pieces of American literature to be famous internationally. But beyond the Sleepy Hollow attractions around the Headless Horseman and Ichabod Crane, there are many things to do here that may not be so spooky.

Hudson Valley is also known for its beautiful farmland and vineyards, which can make for lovely romantic getaways from NYC for you and your partner!

Visitors can also expect a perfect climate for getting active! It’s a great location for hiking, biking, golf, hunting, water activities, and even hot air ballooning!

Needless to say, whether you’re looking for a spooky visit or not, you will have a full itinerary while visiting Hudson Valley.

It’s also accessible by subways and trains from NYC and only takes an hour and a half to get there! I’m already planning my trip! Don’t miss popular day hikes near NYC here in the Hudson Valley too!

Where to Stay in the Hudson Valley:

What better way to spend a holiday or weekend getaway from NYC than in a castle? The Hudson Valley is known for its elaborate manors, mansions, and castles so why not stay in one! The Castle Hotel & Spa overlooks the scenic Hudson Valley and is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World and Historic Hotels of America.

Burlington, Vermont

Church Street in Burlington Vermont

New England is so much more than Boston. If you’re looking for an artsy city to spend a weekend, you should consider Vermont! We’ll fill you in on why Burlington, Vermont is the next place you should add to your list of weekend getaways from NYC.

Burlington is Vermont’s biggest city with its population of just over 40,000 and yet it is an amazing tourist attraction. There are so many things to do here and a weekend is a perfect amount of time to enjoy them.

While you’re visiting Burlington, how about dinner and a show? Burlington is packed with awesome restaurants, like American Flatbread, and then catch a show at Flynn Theatre!

I would say the main attraction is visiting Downtown Burlington and Church Street. This area gets pretty busy on the weekends with everything from buskers, street performers, and more.

There are tons of small shops to check out along Church Street! Most of them are small, independently-owned places, by now you should know that we love to support local businesses.

In addition to the shopping, you will have a surplus of options for restaurants, they even set up inviting patios along the street if you’re visiting in the warmer months. Eating outdoors on Church Street is a great experience that we highly recommend!

Also located on Church Street is Ben & Jerry’s (yes actual Ben and Jerry’s)!  If you’ve still got room after all the amazing eats in Burlington, consider grabbing a scoop from this well-known ice cream shop’s original location.

The best way to get here is definitely by car! Unless you’re up for a 9-hour bus or train ride!

Where to Stay in Burlington:

The Hilton Garden Inn Burlington Downtown is one of the best locations in Burlington just a block away from Church Street, and across from City Hall Park meaning this is one of the most convenient locations for sightseeing!

Boston, Massachusetts

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There are so many amazing things to do in Boston, which will have you already planning another one of your weekend getaways from NYC.

First and foremost, if you’re any kind of a baseball fan, Fenway Park would be number one on my list of things to see in Boston! Home to the Boston Red Socks (I know we love the Yankees and Mets, but just trust me), Fenway Park is the oldest active park in MLB and it’s also home to the famous Green Monster! This field has also hosted the World Series 11 times!

Boston is also full of so many awesome museums and tours to check out on your visit, like the Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, JFK Presidential Museum & Library, the Paul Revere House, and more!

Check out historic landmarks that date to the earliest days of the Revolutionary War along the 2.5 mile Freedom Trail starting at Boston Common and ending at Bunker Hill not to mention grabbing food at Quincy Market and grabbing a beer at some of the most historic pubs and taverns in the country at the Green Dragon Tavern, Bell in Hand Tavern, and Union Oyster House.

If you want to get some awesome views of Boston, we recommend the Skywalk Observatory, which is the city’s only observation deck, or a take a gorgeous cruise around the Boston Harbor!

The best thing about a weekend getaway to Boston is that is relatively easy to get there by bus or train, no need for a car! From Penn Station, a train could get you to Boston in just under 4 hours, which is an incredibly scenic journey!

Where to Stay in Boston:

An amazing 4-star property in a historic landmark building near Haymarket is the gorgeous Boxer Hotel .

Newport, Rhode Island

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Looking for a small island getaway from NYC? Next time you are planning one of those New York weekend breaks, consider Newport! This small town of just 11 square miles surprisingly has so much to see.

Newport is actually known for its many beautiful mansions, which for the most part are owned by the Preservation Society of Newport County. During your visit, you can purchase tickets to take a tour of some of the most famous Newport Mansions! If you don’t mind spending time on your feet, you could even do the Cliff Walk, where you can see famous mansions and lots of ocean.

And that’s not all for the tours, visitors can take gorgeous sailing tours, helicopter tours, and historic tours!

You can’t go wrong with a sunset sail full of beautiful beaches and lighthouses or some historic walking tours that’ll show you some of the oldest government buildings and colonial homes that date back to the 1600s!

Some other great points of interest are Bowen’s Wharf, Newport Art Museum, International Tennis Hall of Fame, and so much more.

Another great thing about choosing Newport, RI for one of your weekend getaways from NYC is that it is accessible by both bus and train for affordable prices! Travelers can take a train from Penn Station to Providence Amtrak Station and then transfer to a bus for the last hour of the trip!

Where to Stay in Newport:

One of the most gorgeous and unique stays is at the luxurious Cliffside Inn located in an 1876 mansion. This cozy B&B is an elegant stay perfect for a romantic weekend getaway from NYC.

Annapolis, Maryland

Historic Annapolis Maryland a nice weekend getaway from NYC

Ready for more history and tours? The capital city of Maryland has a ton of can’t miss tours and more that you’ll need to consider when planning your weekend trips from NYC.

The greatest attraction in Annapolis is the United States Naval Academy. This is also one of the awesome free things to do in Annapolis, visitors can take a free self-guided tour of the Academy Museum and learn all about the history of the Navy!

In terms of tours, set sail in the Sailing Capital of the World. Annapolis is surrounded by the Chesapeake Bay and four other rivers, which makes for a gorgeous sailing experience available through a variety of tours.

Another free attraction in Annapolis is located on Main Street. This is where visitors can take a stroll to see restaurants, shops, historic landmarks, art, and it’s even where you’ll find the nightlife in Annapolis.

Some other great sites to see in Annapolis include the William Paca House & Garden, Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park, Maryland State House, and Ego Valley to name a few.

With a few transfers on a train that leaves from Penn Station, you could get to Annapolis from NYC in just under 5 hours!

Where to Stay in Annapolis:

The Annapolis Waterfront Hotel is one of the best options to stay during your weekend getaway from NYC here in Annapolis. Overlooking Annapolis Harbor, this beautiful hotel is next to many of the main attractions including the United States Naval Academy.

Pocono Mountains

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Another amazing mountain escape from NYC is located in the Poconos, a mountainous region in Pennsylvania. This destination would definitely qualify as one of the romantic getaways from NYC.

The Poconos has been a relaxing escape for people all over the northeast since the early 1900s. And as one could imagine, it is another one of our getaway spots that is full of amazing outdoor activities, known for their ski slopes!

Beyond the woods though, the Poconos is well known for outstanding entertainment with live theater and concert performances. There are also a variety of historical museums, libraries, and other landmarks to check out in the Pocono area.

Even further the Poconos offer a wide variety of restaurants, shops, and even some brewpubs! Getting away from the city definitely calls for a toast or two!

The best part about visiting the Poconos from NYC is that it is only a short bus ride away and it’s very affordable! One of our top picks for towns to check out in the Poconos includes Jim Thorpe , which offers a scenic train ride through the Lehigh Gorge. 

Where to Stay in the Pocono Mountains:

Mountain getaways deserve a secluded cabin in the forest! That’s why we recommend this gorgeous cabin complete with a hot tub and surrounded by nothing but nature.

The Hamptons

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If you’re a lifelong New Yorker, maybe you’ve already visited the Hamptons, but you should never rule it out when planning your weekend trips from NYC.

A popular escape from New York City, the Hamptons are located on Long Island, it takes around 2 hours to get there by car, but there are many options for how to get from NYC to the Hamptons as well as how to get from NYC to Montauk even if you don’t have a car making it a very popular weekend trip from NYC due to convenience since there are bus, train, and even air options directly from the city.

Something to keep in mind while visiting the Hamptons is that everything is a little on the expensive side, after all this is where some of the richest people in the world live and Long Island is home to some of the most expensive real estate in the country.

But you can never go wrong with spending your entire weekend on the beach, Cooper’s Beach is said to be one of the best beaches in the Hamptons ! While summer is the most popular season to go, you actually get quite a different and relaxing experience by visiting off-season or shoulder season. Not everything is open, but you can still enjoy the beach, hikes, and hang out like the locals.

Additionally, the Hamptons have some pretty awesome attractions to offer. For example, couples can escape from the city to experience some lovely wine and beer tasting as well as a trip to cultural institutions like the Parrish Art Museum. 

A visit to the Hamptons is easily one of the best romantic getaways from NYC and if you’re looking to unwind with your significant other, this could be your place! 

If you have less time, a day trip to the Hamptons is also an option even if you don’t have a car.

Where to Stay in the Hamptons:

The Surf Lodge is one of the most popular hangout spots in Montauk for live music and celebrity sightings. The rooms are chic and minimal located right on Fort Pond. Be sure to stay the night for a Sunday Session!

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Another easy weekend getaway from NYC is Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania! As a baseball fan, of course, the first thing on my list for a trip to Pittsburgh would be to visit PNC Park, which is widely known as one of the most beautiful ballparks in the country. Not only do you get to watch a Pirates game, fans can see the Pittsburgh skyline and the Roberto Clemente bridge, which is actually named after a former Pirates player.

As far as sports go, Pittsburgh is also home to the Penguins of the NHL, and the Steelers of the NFL, which are great games to go to in Pittsburgh.

When visiting a big city you may be overwhelmed with the amount of things to do, and we’re here to help!

One of the best areas for shops, restaurants, and nightlife is in Pittsburgh’s Market Square. There are always events going on here too, like outdoor yoga, farmers markets, and more!

Pittsburgh has a variety of brew tours, museums, and parks to keep you busy during your wonderful getaway.

If you’re not up for the six-hour drive, you can certainly take a bus or train. It may add a couple hours to your travel time but it would also save some money on a rental car!

Where to Stay in Pittsburgh:

For a great hotel downtown, we recommend the Fairmont Pittsburgh for a comfortable and luxurious stay at this 5-star property in a great location for exploring all the best things to do.

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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Since we haven’t covered many spots in Massachusetts, next on our list is a perfect seaside destination just southeast of Boston.

Cape Cod is a gorgeous peninsula that has much to offer its tourists. This is another lovely and relaxing beach spot, many people visit to escape from the city.

The best way to unwind from the hustle and bustle of the city is to take a nap on the white-sand beaches, check out some of the beautiful lighthouses, go whale watching, and even go island hopping.

Cape Cod is also known for its nearby islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, which are great tourist spots.

Nantucket is just about 30 miles south of Cape Cod and is a lovely place to visit if you don’t have a car. Most people get around by renting bikes, taking ferries, or walking. This island is full of history, museums, and beaches.

Martha’s Vineyard is just 5 miles from Cape Cod and it’s a little different than the Cape and Nantucket. Although Martha’s Vineyard is a relaxed island, it also has some very high-end art galleries and awesome boutiques.

Needless to say, you’ll be overwhelmed with the amount of things to do during your trip to Cape Cod.

When planning weekend getaways from NYC to Cape Cod, it is probably best to rent a car since the train and bus options can be quite tricky.

Where to Stay in Cape Cod:

A gorgeous stay at the Winstead Inn & Resort is the perfect place to base while exploring all the incredible offerings not only in Cape Cod but the surrounding activities and towns to visit too. This breathtaking property feels more like a luxury B&B to be your home away from home during this weekend getaway from NYC.

Hershey, Pennsylvania

Hershey is a town just east of Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania. This town may sound familiar because it is the home of the The Hershey Company, which is one reason for chocolate lovers to plan their weekend getaways from NYC here!

One of Hershey’s greatest attractions is Hersheypark. Interestingly, Hersheypark was created by Milton S. Hershey as an area for employees from the Chocolate Factory to relax. It is now a massive amusement park that includes all kinds of thrill rides, a water park, a zoo, and even Chocolatetown!

Chocolate enthusiasts should take advantage of the free tours at the Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction. Try exclusive chocolatey treats and check out their one-of-a-kind souvenirs.

Another famous attraction in Hershey is the Hershey Gardens, which is 23 acres of beautiful botanical gardens full of gorgeous flowers, trees, and shrubs.

Visitors should also absolutely check out The Hershey Story Museum. This museum takes tourists through the life of Mr. Hershey and his famous chocolate company. The museum offers a very interactive experience for youngsters.

Since Hershey is only about a 3 hour drive from NYC, it might be the best option to rent a vehicle considering both train and buses nearly double the travel time.

Where to Stay in Hershey:

A great option for where to stay in Hershey is the Holiday Inn Express Hershey which has a great pool for the warmer months and a great location for exploring all the lovely attractions in the area!

Baltimore, Maryland

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Just 40 miles from Washington DC, Baltimore is another major city full of history and things to do and see.

In terms of history, visitors can check out Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, which is mostly known for its role in the War of 1812. Visitors can learn more about the role Baltimore played in significant battles and history, such as the Battle of Baltimore and ultimately the development of our country’s national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.”

If this interests you, check out Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail! Activities on this trail include hiking, biking, boating, and more!

Additionally, Baltimore is a great sports city. Home of the Baltimore Orioles or the MLB and the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL, these stadiums are some attractions tourists should absolutely add to their list of things to do while visiting Baltimore.

This area is also full of a variety of museums. One attraction visitors can check out is Edgar Allan Poe’s House & Museum, which is a huge attraction considering Poe spent his early life in Baltimore and he was also buried there. Tourists can also check out his grave. Fun fact: the Baltimore Ravens name was inspired by Poe’s famous poem The Raven .

For great views of Baltimore, tourists can check out the Top of the World Observation Level!

Downtown Baltimore is also known for its great entertainment, pubs, restaurants, and more, but the most charming area of the city to explore is the historic Fells Point.

A great reason to visit Baltimore for weekend getaways from NYC is that it is another destination that doesn’t require a car! Both buses and trains will get travelers from NYC to Baltimore in about 3 hours!

Where to Stay in Baltimore:

We recommend staying in the most charming and historic neighborhood of Fells Point right on the harbor. We can’t recommend enough the iconic historic 5-star Sagamore Pendry Baltimore or the Inn at Henderson’s Wharf.

Greenwich, Connecticut

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Connecticut’s first appearance on our list, but definitely not a destination to be overlooked is Greenwich, one of the best weekend trips from NYC.

This beautiful small town is a lovely tourist destination, especially for those who are coming from the city. There are many things packed into this Gold Coast town. Greenwich is an upscale city that offers dining, shopping, museums, beaches, and more.

Some attractions to check out during your getaway include the Bruce Museum, Greenwich Polo Club, Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens, Greenwich Avenue, and Audubon Center to name a few.

Greenwich, CT is easily accessible and incredibly affordable by bus and train, considering it is just over 30 miles outside of the city. This makes it a great contender for weekend trips from NYC.

Where to Stay in Greenwich:

A great location and beautiful property to enjoy all the wonderful things to do around Greenwich is a stay at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich .

Portland, Maine

Portland Head Light House in Maine on Cape Elizabeth

One of the most beautiful coastal weekend trips from NYC is Portland, Maine. What’s awesome about this weekend getaway from NYC is that you have the option to take the train from Penn Station or you can drive in around 5 hours.

Portland has a gorgeous coastal downtown, which you’ll want to spend time exploring every block of the cobbled lanes in Old Port. There are also several lighthouses to visit, including Portland Head Light, which is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the country, or take a day trip to one of the islands in Casco Bay.

Don’t miss your fill on seafood including lobster rolls and the many breweries downtown too! There are so many amazing things to do in Portland , which is why it’s one of the best weekend trips from NYC.

Where to Stay in Portland, Maine

Canopy by Hilton Portland Waterfront has an incredible location off of Commercial Street in Old Port which is just steps away from many of the amazing places to visit in Portland. Plus the hotel has an incredible rooftop restaurant you’ll wan to have a sunset cocktail and even dinner at!

The Berkshires

Pontoosuc Lake near Pittsfield Massachusetts in the Berkshires a great weekend getaway from NYC

One of the best weekend getaways from NYC is the gorgeous region known as the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts. This popular weekend escape for New Yorkers is known for its famous performing arts scene with popular venues like Jacob’s Pillow and Tanglewood as well as the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

There are several performing arts venues in addition to those and museums like MASS MoCA in North Adams, the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, and Herman Melville’s Arrowhead home near Pittsfield to name a few of the many cultural institutions here.

You can also find several luxury wellness retreats, Gilded Age mansions, a great food scene, wine tasting at wineries like Balderdash Cellars and of course you can’t forget the outdoor recreational opportunities.

The Appalachian Trail actually traverses the Berkshires, so if you can’t swing taking months of to hike this gorgeous range, you can hop on and do a shorter trek. You can also witness the beauty of Mount Greylock, the tallest peak in the state of Massachusetts, and hike around the Pittsfield State Forest.

The Berkshires are around a 3 hour drive from NYC and there are opportunities to take the Amtrak train up from Penn Station to Pittsfield with a connection through Albany. While you can easily enjoy a fun weekend getaway from NYC here without a car if you plan to stay in the town of Pittsfield, we do recommend having a car so you can explore.

Where to Stay in the Berkshires:

One of the best places to base yourself in the Berkshires would be central county in the cultural town of Pittsfield. Hotel on North is a unique boutique hotel that ties into the history and culture of this destination. Each of the rooms are individually designed and decorated, and if you’re looking for something extra special, be sure to book the Library Suite where you can sleep in your own personal library!

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9 Stylish Summer Weekend Getaways From NYC

By Elise Taylor

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Summer is a few months away, and with it, the dream of an idyllic weekend getaways from NYC. But the age-old question remains: where, exactly, should I go?

Well, you’ve come to the right place, because we’ve got a variety of suggestions depending on your idea of an ideal vacation. Maybe all you want is a day at the beach, or maybe you yearn for a wellness retreat. Perhaps you want to hike through the woods, or take a leisurely stroll down the quaint streets of a 19th-century town. (We’ve got picks for all of those, in case you’re wondering.)

Below, nine perfect weekend getaways from New York, each within driving distance of the city. Or, in the case of one, seaplane from the East River distance (though you can still drive to that one too). Whatever fits your fancy.

Now, without further ado…

The Culture Trip: Hudson, New York

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Do you find the Hamptons too scene-y, yet the Adirondacks too secluded? Here’s a Goldilocks weekend getaway from NYC for you: Hudson, New York.

The Hudson region is known for its plethora of art galleries, quaint antique stores (ask this writer about her Murano glass lamp!), and farm-to-table restaurants. A must-visit town? Kingston, which is home to the boutique Hotel Kinsley. Spread out over four historic buildings —including a 19th-century bank—it flawlessly encompasses both old world and new thanks to its contemporary interiors by Studio Robert McKinley. Meanwhile in Hudson, another town revered for its cultural scene is The Maker , a glamorous property by the co-founders of Fresh Beauty.

For a bit more space, head out to Wildflower Farms in Gardiner. Nestled within 140 acres at the foothills of the Catskills Mountains, it boasts a spa, pool, a cooking school, an on-site farm, hiking trails, as well as a natural playground with plenty of boulders for children to climb and even a zip line. The best amenity of all, however? Their great porch—a sprawling outdoor space overlooking the grounds lined with Adirondack chairs and firepits.

Another fantastic option is Inness , in nearby Accord. The high-design hotel, helmed by Taavo Somer, sits on 225 acres and features a soon-to-open spa, golf course, pool, and restaurant. An added bonus? The grounds were designed by famed landscape artist Miranda Brooks, making it truly an idyllic retreat.

Finally, there’s Troutbeck. The hotel has a rich history: in the 18th and 19th centuries, it was a private estate owned by the wealthy Benton family. They regularly invited the great Transcendentalist thinkers of the time, including Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, to stay as guests. In the early 1900s, the Bentons sold Troutbeck to Colonel Joel Spingarn and his wife, Amy. They continued its legacy as a cultural retreat: Sinclair Lewis, Teddy Roosevelt, Lewis Mumford, and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall were all visitors. The Spingarns were also avid supporters of the NAACP during its early days, and held conferences attended by W.E.B. Du Bois.

Today, the Dutchess Country property offers 37 guest rooms to anyone seeking rest, relaxation, and respite. Hammocks and fire pits sit along the river, while nestled elsewhere within its 250 acres is a tennis court, pool, full-service spa, and a walled garden.

Driving distance from NYC: just under 2 hours

The Beach Day: Amagansett or Montauk, New York

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Yes, the Hamptons seems like such an obvious choice. But it fits the weekend getaway criteria to a T, with sun, sand, scene, and plenty of lodging.

While each hamlet has its attractions, you can't go wrong with the laidback charms of Amagansett. Stay at The Roundtree right off Main Street, an idyllic property that offers several shingled cottages as well as rooms in their renovated barn. It’s a mere one-mile bike ride away from the beach—and, with their adorable line of white cruiser bikes, you’ll be excited to pedal away. Then there's The Reform Club , located a quick walk from Amagansett Square (and the delectable Wölffer Kitchen). Set upon a rolling four acres, the getaway boats a 20th-century tea house with an outdoor fireplace as well as an impressive contemporary art collection. There's nothing quite like sipping rosé in its apple orchard during golden hour. A property to keep an eye on? The Maidstone in East Hampton, which debuts a new renovation this summer.

For those who want something right on the ocean and don’t mind the drive to the end of Long Island, Marram Montauk is the perfect place. Marram describes its vibe as “barefoot luxury,” which is apt: the entire boutique hotel is nestled within the dunes, its courtyard dotted with beachgrass. At night, you can hear the waves crash. The vibe, according to owner Atit Jariwala, is essentially this: “great surfing, check; great food, check; focus on health and fitness, check; great beach, check.”

House rental more your summer style? You can't go wrong with any of the McKinley Bungalows.

Driving distance from NYC: 2.5 to 3 hours

The Forest-Bathing Foray: Catskill, New York

9 Stylish Summer Weekend Getaways From NYC

Piaule is a go-to escape for those looking to relax in the woods this summer. 24 modular cabins blend into the forest, and guests get a clear view of their natural surroundings thanks to floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall glass doors. The spa has a similar indoor-outdoor feel: the yoga studio looks out onto greenery while hot and cold plunge pools come with a wide view of the hills.

There’s a restaurant on-site along with room service, but if you’re craving some people-watching after forest bathing, Lil’ Deb’s Oasis is in nearby Hudson , and HiLo serves sandwiches in Catskill.

Another property worth checking out—especially for families? The Chatwal Lodge . The 100-acre property, nestled within a 2,500-acre nature reserve, features Adirondack-inspired interiors and more activities than one could ever cram into a weekend: horseback riding, trout fishing, canoeing, bicycling, stargazing, and a stand-alone lodge with a movie screening room, billiards, shuffleboard, skeeball, and duckpin bowling (among other games).

Finally, foodies should take a look at Hemlock Neversink, which is run by James Beard-nominated hotelier Foster Supply Hospitality.

Driving distance from NYC: 1.5 hours

The Wellness Weekend: The Berkshires

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In 2022, Amtrak launched a service from New York City to the Berkshires, making the Massachusetts countryside easier to reach than ever.

Wellness fiends go wild for Miraval Berkshires, the famed brand’s first retreat in the Northeast. (For the uninitiated: Miraval Arizona essentially invented the idea of the “destination spa.”) Sitting upon a 380-acre expanse in Lenox, Massachusetts, it has a state-of-the-art spa, but also a golf course and a ranch dotted with horses for equine therapy. A bonus? Its minimalistic, clean-line architecture is an aesthete's dream. The space is in good, Goop-like company: Canyon Ranch also has a property in Lenox. If a summer de-stressing session is your top priority, Western Massachusetts should be top of mind.

For a transcendentalist-esque trip, try Tourists in North Adams. Perched on the banks of the Hoosin River, this transformed motor lodge sits on over 80 sprawling acres. Hike part of the Appalachian trail, meditate by a waterfall, forest bathe, or forage for medicinal plants with a guide. Another notable hotel? Life House Berkshires . The mountain retreat comes complete with a cocktail bar, restaurant, library, and a dusty green interior color scheme that serves as a nod to the natural landscape that surrounds it.

Driving distance from NYC: 3.5 hours

The Remote Retreat: The Adirondacks

The view from Ausable Lake in the Adirondacks.

Really want to get away from it all—like, no cell service away? Enter the Adirondacks.

The Adirondacks is a vast region, sprawling over 6 million acres. Lake George, with its iconic Victorian hotel, The Sagamore , is perhaps the best known among travelers. It's on its own 70-acre island, and perfect for adults and children alike: while the parents play golf, the kids can take a banana boat ride across the lake. (Or vice-versa; we won’t judge.) History geeks will be fascinated by the property’s past: it was once the crown jewel of what was known as Millionaire’s Row: a stretch of stone mansions built on Lake Shore Drive, on the south side of Lake George. (The Adirondacks, along with Newport, Rhode Island, were a prized getaway in the Gilded Age—the Rockefeller family owned a great camp in the region, which was then bought by the du Ponts, which was then bought by Alibaba billionaire Jack Ma. )

Perched on Lake Saranac is The Point , a Relais and Chateaux property originally built, and used, by the Rockefeller family as a woodland retreat. Guests can cruise through the waters on mahogany boats or arrange for a gourmet picnic to take place on the sprawling grounds.

As for activities, hiking is a must. Helpfully, the Adirondacks’ tourism website lists hikes by area, ability level (including family friend hikes), season, and even proximity to a waterfall. Just make sure to keep your social distance from others on the trail.

The Little-Town-by-the-Lake Trip: Finger Lakes, New York

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New York state isn’t quite the land of a thousand lakes—but, if one cares to venture to its northernmost region, it is the land of 11! The stunning, scenic Finger Lakes are chock full of charming inns and boutique hotels. Chief among them are the Inns of Aurora , a collection of five historic, centuries-old properties owned by American Girl founder Pleasant Rowland. For those who want to be smack dab in the middle of town, stay at the Federalist-style Aurora Inn, or, if you’d like to be near the water, the spacious Rowland House, with its pristine green lawn that rolls right into Lake Cayuga. The Inns are small, boasting at-or-under 10 rooms, and also allow buyouts by families or large groups.

Then there's The Lake House on Canandaigua . This charming resort, which includes a main house, a spa, a timber-frame barn, a stand-alone tavern restaurant, and a beachside bar, is perfect for those who’d prefer not to venture from hotel grounds. It’s sure to attract a design-loving crowd: the project is a collaboration between Studio Tack and The Brooklyn Home Company. Oh, did we mention you don’t actually need to drive here? The Lake House offers seaplanes from the East River right to its grounds.

Obviously, with all the lake access, water sports—from boating, to kayaking, to canoeing—are a main draw. But don’t miss strolling through the Finger Lakes’ local towns, many of which date back to the early 19th or even 18th century. The region is also known for its plethora of wineries , many of which specialize in Riesling. Consider it a near-home Napa.

Driving distance from N.Y.C: 4.5 hours.

The Countryside Sojourn: Litchfield County, Connecticut

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London has the Cotswolds, and New York has Litchfield County. For decades, it’s been a country escape for well-to-do New Yorkers: think Oscar and Annette de la Renta , Diane von Furstenberg, and Carolina Herrera creative director Wes Gordon. It’s easy to see why: With its stone barns, rolling hills, and farm stands, Litchfield is the epitome of New England charm.

Stay at the stately Mayflower Inn , which is situated on 58 acres. There, you can indulge yourself in a wide array of leisurely pursuits: tennis, croquet, canoeing, archery, and antiquing.

Culinary enthusiasts, make sure to stop by Bantam. The quaint town is home to three different outposts of Arethusa Farm . The first is the restaurant Arethusa al Tavolo , which serves "seed to table" cuisine fresh from Arethusa’s fields. (Order anything with their homegrown heirloom tomatoes.) Then, there's a breakfast and lunch café, Arethusa al Mano. They offer homemade doughnuts— cinnamon! cold brew! Bantam cream !—and a special cookie of the month.

Finally, their dairy plant, housed in the old Bantam firehouse, offers delicious old-fashioned ice cream. Order a scoop of pistachio, butter pecan, or whatever seasonal flavor they're offering at the time.

The Classic Americana Getaway: Shelter Island

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Sitting in the bay between Long Island’s North and South Forks is Shelter Island, a summertime getaway that embodies an effortless, timeless spirit of Americana. It’s a place where you can still ride bikes anywhere and everywhere, eat strawberry ice cream in flip-flops and jean shorts on a bench in town, and shop at mom-and-pop stores without a chain name in sight. The island’s grand dame, The Pridwin , re-opened in 2022 after an extensive renovation. People also love The Chequit , a 150-year-old inn housed in a Victorian home with a wrap-around porch. As for restaurants, go to Sunset Beach for the scene or SALT for a classic lobster roll—best enjoyed while watching the boats in the harbor bob by.

The Historic Site Seaside Vacation: Newport, Rhode Island

The Vanderbilt in Newport Rhode Island.

The Vanderbilt in Newport, Rhode Island.

There is perhaps no more historic American summer destination than Newport, Rhode Island—once the destination of choice for Gilded Age industrialists like the Vanderbilts, Astors, and Morgans. (Fittingly, a number of its grand 19th-century mansions serve as the real-life filming locations for The Gilded Age on HBO—and you can see them yourself on Newport’s famed Cliff Walk.)

Stay at the Auberge Resort Collection’s The Vanderbilt , a 33-room mansion originally built by a Vanderbilt heir in 1908, or the classic Castle Hill Inn . New in town, meanwhile, is The Gardiner House on Lees Wharf. (An added bonus? It’s within walking distance from classic Newport restaurants like The Black Pearl and Clarke Cook House.) As for shopping, make sure to stop by the Spring Street Bookstore as well as the Newport Lampshade Company for some classic New England homewares. Meanwhile, Bannister and Bowen’s wharves play host to a number of fantastic boutiques and art galleries.

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8 Most Romantic Weekend Getaways from New York City

Between dinging phones and never-ending work schedules, it’s hard to keep the romance alive in modern relationships. But a perfectly timed, well-planned getaway can be just the thing you need to break out of your weekly routine and see your partner in a rosy new light. Here, eight romantic weekend escapes from New York City that encourage hand-in-hand strolling with the object of your affection.

Jen has been a staff editor at Architectural Digest, Travel + Leisure, and Martha Stewart Weddings, and her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Afar, and Elle Decor. When she's not snowmobiling in the French Alps or tasting scotch straight from the barrel in Scotland, she's at home in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

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Food connoisseurs have long made the pilgrimage an hour north of Manhattan for chef Dan Barber’s highly praised farm-to-table dishes at Blue Hill at Stone Barns . But there’s more to the area than meets the review page. The neighboring hamlet of Pocantico Hills is home to Kykuit , John D. Rockefeller’s family estate, where you can stroll Beaux Arts-style gardens overlooking the Hudson River and see sculptures by the likes of Calder and Picasso. The art history lesson continues at the Union Church of Pocantico Hills (look for the stained-glass windows by Chagall and Matisse) or during a visit to the Edward Hopper House Museum and Study Center , in the artist’s former home in Nyack. The stylish Time Nyack makes an ideal base for exploring the charming shops on Main Street, but if you want to treat yourself to an evening worthy of an oil baron, Tarrytown’s luxurious Castle Hotel & Spa is just the place to do it.

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Montauk, NY

At the far eastern tip of Long Island, Montauk is the kind of laid-back beach town summer was made for. Booking a room at Gurney’s gets you access to the resort’s enviable private beach and spa, but don’t get too comfortable—warm-weather adventures await. Surfers and paddle boarders take to the waves at Ditch Plains, while bird watchers look skyward at Hither Hills State Park . For landlubbers with restless legs, your best bet is a sunrise hike that starts at the picturesque 18th-century Montauk Point Lighthouse —New York’s oldest lighthouse still in operation—and continues through sand dunes and sheltered forests along the Paumanok Path. Reward all that exertion with a lobster roll and glass of rosé on the waterfront patio at Duryea’s or, perhaps, dancing under the twinkle lights at trendy Surf Lodge .

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Newport, RI

It’s no wonder artists flocked to this quintessential New England town in the late 19th century: the light is unlike anywhere else in the country. Get the full effect during an afternoon ramble along the Cliff Walk, an oceanfront path that ventures near the Gilded Age summer cottages of America’s wealthiest families including The Breakers , an Italian Renaissance mansion, and the Beaux Arts-style Marble House —both owned by the Vanderbilts. Farther inland, Chateau Sur Mer is a Victorian manse that’s just a leisurely stroll away from the quirky shops on Thames Street. Join the lively lunch crowd for chowder and fresh oysters at Bannister’s Wharf , or ditch the tourists and retreat to the dockside lounge at 41 North for a sundowner with a harbor view. Later, dine on local lobster and Point Judith calamari by candlelight at the 17th-century White Horse Tavern .

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Cape May, NJ

With its colorful Victorian homes and all-American charm, Cape May feels like a journey back in time. Close your eyes and you can almost hear the ragtime music playing in the antiques-laden rooms of the Stick-style Emlen Physick Estate , or the historic corridors of Congress Hall , the country’s oldest seaside resort. Other timeless diversions include hiking the wooded trails and dunes of Cape May Point State Park , where you can see all manner of wildlife from dolphins and whales off the shore to otters and migrating birds and butterflies, as well as the town’s famed lighthouse. Plant your umbrella at Cove Beach, which has been dubbed the king of Cape May’s coasts. If the heat gets the better of you, a drink on the veranda of the Virginia Hotel is sure to revive you.

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Shelter Island, NY

For an understated alternative to the spectacle that overtakes the Hamptons each weekend, in-the-know New Yorkers board the ferry to Shelter Island, a tranquil spit of land along in the Peconic River sandwiched between Long Island's North and South Forks. Drop your bags at The Chequit , a refurbished 1872 hotel with pastel-hued rooms that serve as a quiet backdrop to your romantic getaway. Rent a bike and grab a takeaway lunch at local favorite Marie Eiffel Market before exploring the island’s shingled manor houses and untouched beaches. More ambitious types might choose to hike through the tidal creeks, freshwater marshes, and oak forests of Mashomack Reserve, or ply the calm seas by kayak or sailing class. Come evening, the place to be is on the upper deck of Sunset Beach ’s Mediterranean restaurant—especially at twilight.

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Annapolis, MD

Annapolis is often overshadowed by Baltimore, its neighbor to the north, but this postcard-perfect port town is a worth a visit in its own right. See its famous 18th-century architecture at places like the Palladian-inspired Hammond-Harwood House , built during colonial times, as well as the William Paca House & Garden , a 1760s Georgian mansion owned by a signer of the Declaration of Independence. From there, it’s a short walk to the Maryland State House, with its impressive dome, and the Beaux Arts grounds of the sprawling riverfront U.S. Naval Academy. Once you’ve dropped your bags at the stylish Loews Annapolis , make a beeline for City Dock to enjoy drinks and crab cakes on the sailboat-studded Chesapeake, then turn up Main Street for a sweet scoop at the Annapolis Ice Cream Co. (Their 36 homemade flavors are rotated daily, so multiple visits are encouraged.)

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Lake George, NY

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The Poconos, PA

Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains are a popular winter destination for Mid-Atlantic skiers, but the year’s other months prove even more inspiring for a romantic rendezvous. Just 90 miles from New York, nestled within 150 acres of unspoiled woodlands, the adults-only Lodge at Woodloch is a perfect perch from which to take in the region’s natural splendor. The resort can arrange everything from kayaking on a 15-acre private lake to horseback riding along the forest trails. If that’s more action than you crave, unwind in the heated hydromassage pool at the 40,000-square-foot spa or choose between yoga and tai chi classes, then head over to the restaurant to feast on seasonal farm-to table meals made with ingredients sourced from the on-site garden.

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If you’re traveling for Memorial Day weekend , be prepared to run into some crowds. The next holiday weekend – taking place May 25 to 27 – is slated to see a record-breaking number of travelers, according to AAA. 

A projected 43.8 million Americans are expected to pack their bags for trips over 50 miles or more over the holiday weekend – a 4% increase from last year and close to 2005’s previous record of 44 million. 

“We haven’t seen Memorial Day weekend travel numbers like these in almost 20 years,” said Paula Twidale, Senior Vice President of AAA Travel, in a press release. “We’re projecting an additional one million travelers this holiday weekend compared to 2019, which not only means we’re exceeding pre-pandemic levels but also signals a very busy summer travel season ahead.”

Both roads and airports will be extremely busy, with a historic number of roadtrippers since AAA began tracking data in 2000. That’s 38.4 million drivers, up 4% from last year. 

A predicted 3.51 million airline passengers are expected to hit the skies over the holiday weekend, a 4.8% increase from 2023. This will make for the most crowded Memorial Day weekend at airports since 2005, AAA said. 

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Here’s everything you need to know about traffic if you’re hoping for a Memorial Day weekend getaway.

Summer is just around the corner. Here's everything you need to know for your summertime trip.

What are the most popular destinations for Memorial Day weekend travel?

Most popular domestic destinations:

  • Las Vegas, 
  • Anaheim/Los Angeles

Most popular international destinations:

  • Vancouver, Canada

What are the best times to drive for Memorial Day weekend? 

To avoid the worst traffic, drivers leaving for their long weekend trip on Thursday, May 23, and Friday, May 24, should hit the road before 11 a.m. or after 7 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday. 

Travelers driving on Saturday, May 25, who leave before 1 p.m. and after 6 p.m., will be able to avoid the worst traffic jams. On Sunday, drivers should head out before 1 p.m. to avoid the worst congestion. 

Travelers returning home on Monday, May 27, should embark after 7 p.m. if they want to dodge peak traffic. 

What are the worst times to drive by car for Memorial Day weekend?

Travelers should expect the worst traffic on Thursday between noon and 6 p.m. 

Friday between noon and 7 p.m. since they’ll encounter commuter congestion as well. 

Over the weekend, peak traffic is anticipated to be between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday and between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday. 

On Memorial Day, drivers heading back home can expect peak traffic between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., aka peak rush hour time.

Peak congestion times in major US cities

Travelers who are going through major metropolitan areas should unfortunately expect travel times to be up to 90% longer than usual, according to Bob Pishue, transportation analyst at INRIX. “Travelers should stay up to date on traffic apps, 511 services, and local news stations to avoid sitting in traffic longer than necessary,” Pishue said in a statement. 

  • Worst route: Atlanta to Savannah via I-16 E
  • Worst day: Saturday, May 25
  • Worst time: 4:45 p.m. 
  • Estimated travel time: 5 hours, 31 minutes
  • 54% increased travel time
  • Worst route: Manchester to Boston via I-93 S
  • Worst day: Sunday, May 26
  • Worst time: 8:45 a.m.
  • Estimated travel time: 1 hour, 48 minutes
  • 50% increased travel time 
  • Worst route: Milwaukee to Chicago via I-94 E 
  • Worst time: 4:30 p.m.
  • Estimated travel time: 2 hours, 25 minutes
  • 27% increased travel time
  • Worst route: Fort Collins to Denver via I-25 
  • Worst time: 4:15 p.m.
  • Estimated travel time: 1 hour, 24 minutes
  • 56% increased travel time

Los Angeles

  • Worst route: LA to Bakersfield via I-5 N 
  • Worst day: Thursday, May 23
  • Worst time: 6:15 p.m.
  • Estimated travel time: 2 hours, 45 minutes
  • 84% increased travel time
  • Worst route: New York to Albany via I-87N 
  • Worst time: 11:45 a.m. 
  • Estimated travel time: 2 hours, 37 minutes

Philadelphia

  • Worst route: Philadelphia to Baltimore/DC 
  • Worst day: Friday, May 24
  • Worst time: 7:30 a.m.
  • 64% increased travel time

San Francisco

  • Worst route:  San Francisco to Napa via I-80 E
  • Worst time: 11 a.m.
  • Estimated travel time: 1 hour, 34 minutes

Washington, D.C.

  • Worst route: Washington, DC to Baltimore via Balt/Wash Pkwy N 
  • Worst time: 2:15 p.m.
  • Estimated travel time: 1 hour, 21 minutes
  • 72% increased travel time

Kathleen Wong is a travel reporter for USA TODAY based in Hawaii. You can reach her at [email protected] .

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This Is When Traffic Will Be Worst for Memorial Day Weekend, According to AAA

Time to start planning for the holiday.

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More than 43 million Americans are expected to travel for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, and a record number of those will hit the roads, making it essential travelers plan their road trips ahead.

In total, 43.8 million travelers are forecast to travel 50 miles or more from their homes, according to AAA , representing a 4 percent increase compared to last year. Of those, 38.4 million are expected to travel by car, the highest number for the Memorial Day holiday weekend since AAA started tracking data in 2000.

“We haven’t seen Memorial Day weekend travel numbers like these in almost 20 years,” Paula Twidale, the senior vice president of AAA Travel, said in a statement. “We’re projecting an additional one million travelers this holiday weekend compared to 2019, which not only means we’re exceeding pre-pandemic levels but also signals a very busy summer travel season ahead.” 

When it comes to road trips , most people are expected to pile into their cars on Thursday, May 23, and on Friday, May 24. Drivers hoping to avoid the worst traffic should set out super early to avoid competing with commuters, according to AAA. Those coming home on Sunday or Monday should similarly avoid the afternoon hours.

Overall, the best time to hit the road on Thursday is before 11 a.m. or after 7 p.m., while the best time to travel on Friday is before 11 a.m. or after 8 p.m. On Sunday, the best travel time to avoid congestion is before 1 p.m., while travelers are best off leaving after 7 p.m. on Monday.

Not all cities will see the same traffic, of course. The Tampa, Florida, area is expected to see one of the biggest traffic increases with up to an 88 percent bump in traffic on Sunday morning along I-75 S, while the Los Angeles area is expected to see up to an 84 percent increase in traffic on Thursday evening along I-5 N.

Beyond roads, more than 3.5 million travelers are expected to take to the skies, leading to crowded airports — the most crowded since 2005. These Memorial Day weekend air travel numbers represent a 4.8 percent increase compared to last year and a 9 percent increase compared to 2019. 

An additional 1.9 million travelers are forecast to use other transportation like buses, cruises , and trains . That’s a 5.6 percent increase compared to last year, according to AAA.

“Travel demand has been soaring, and long holiday weekends create the perfect windows for getaways,” Twidale said.

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AAA said it projects 43.8 million travelers will head 50 miles or more from home over the Memorial Day holiday traveling period, which is the second-highest forecast since AAA began its tracking in 2000.

“We haven’t seen Memorial Day weekend travel numbers like these in almost 20 years,” said Paula Twidale, senior vice president of AAA Travel. “We’re projecting an additional one million travelers this holiday weekend compared to 2019, which not only means we’re exceeding pre-pandemic levels but also signals a very busy summer travel season ahead.”

Memorial Day 2024: Gas prices

AAA is predicting that 38.4 million people will travel by car over Memorial Day weekend, the highest for that weekend since AAA began tracking in 2000, according to their press release. The number of drivers is up 4% from last year and 1.9% from 2019.

According to AAA, drivers can expect similar gas prices to last year when the national average was around $3.57, but prices may creep up as the summer driving season progresses. Unlike last year, there are now two wars- in the Middle East and Ukraine- which could rock the oil market, leaving the cost of oil a wildcard, according to AAA.

Airports expected to be busy over Memorial Day

AAA says airports are bracing for a spike in travelers. 3.51 million people are expected to travel by plane over the holiday weekend, an increase of 4.8% from last year and a 9% jump compared to 2019, according to AAA. This is expected to be the most crowded Memorial Day weekend at airports since 2005, when 3.64 million flew for the holiday as the travel industry rebounded post-9/11, according to AAA's press release.

AAA says the air ticket prices are comparable to last year, their booking data shows a 1% to 2% increase in prices for domestic flights, but several factors play into airfare such as destination, number of stops and fare class.

Other forms of travel

According to AAA, 1.9 million people are expected to travel by other forms of transportation including buses, cruises and trains, which is an increase of 5.6% from last year.

“This category took the biggest hit during the pandemic with fewer people taking public transportation or not cruising at all,” Twidale said. “Now – five years later – we’re back to 2019 numbers. Travel demand has been soaring, and long holiday weekends create the perfect windows for getaways.”

Best and worst times to drive during Memorial Day weekend

INRIX , a provider of transportation data and insights, says drivers leaving Thursday or Friday should hit the road early to avoid mixing with commuters. Travelers going back home on Sunday or Monday should avoid the afternoon hours when return trips will peak, according to AAA's press release.

  • Thursday, May 23: The worst times to drive are between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m., while the best are before 11 a.m. and after 7 p.m., according to INRIX.
  • Friday, May 24: The worst times to drive are between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m., while the best are before 11 a.m. and after 8 p.m., according to INRIX.
  • Saturday, May 25: The worst times to drive are between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., while the best are before 1 p.m. and after 6 p.m., according to INRIX.
  • Sunday, May 26: The worst times to drive are between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., while the best time is before 1 p.m., according to INRIX.
  • Monday, May 27: The worst times to drive are between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., while the best time is after 7 p.m., according to INRIX.

Peak Congestion by Metro in New York

According to INRIX, the route from NY to Albany New York via I-87N is expected to be at peak congestion around Thursday at 11:45 a.m., with an estimated travel time of two hours and 37 minutes. This is a 64% increase compared to normal, according to INRIX.

Top Travel Destinations over Memorial Day

Here are the top 10 domestic destinations based on AAA booking data:

  • Orlando, FL
  • Seattle, WA
  • New York, NY
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Anaheim/ Los Angeles, CA
  • Anchorage, AK
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL

Travel Trends

As travelers make plans for summer and beyond, AAA Travel has identified the following trends:

  • Bucket Lists : Travelers taking once-in-a-lifetime trips
  • Milestones : Families booking anniversary, retirement, and family reunion trips
  • Asia : More travelers interested in visiting Asia, especially Japan
  • Solo Trips : More people, especially women, interested in traveling by themselves
  • Luxury Vacations : More travelers seeking high-end cruises and tours
  • Trains : Many travelers interested in rail vacations across New England, Canada, and Europe
  • Adventure in Nature : Travelers booking trips to Antarctica, Africa, and South Pacific

According to AAA, surveys were distributed to a random sample of their travel agents between March 18 and March 29, 2024, to understand recent traveler trends over the past 60 days. AAA agent responses were collected from 13 AAA clubs (representing 97% of AAA membership overall as of February 2024), according to AAA's press release.

2024’s top luxury travel destinations in US revealed

These are the world's most expensive cities in 2023.

The three U.S. cities on the list all dropped in rankings compared to last year.

A new report has revealed the most luxurious destinations across the United States.

Covering 100 cities, wealth planning company Dominion evaluated each destination based on 29 factors, organized into seven essential categories: luxury accommodations, gastronomic options, transportation, recreation, shopping, beauty and wellness, and entertainment.

"Whether you’re interested in experiencing a romantic escape in style, a weekend of pampering or a high-octane adventure, the many alluring cities of the US have got you covered," the company wrote on its website. 

Here’s a look at the most luxurious cities in the U.S .

New York, Las Vegas top luxury destinations

The company found that New York City, Las Vegas and Los Angeles stood out as top destinations for the luxury experience. San Francisco and Chicago rounded out the top five. 

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The Manhattan skyline is seen at sunrise from the 86th floor observatory of the Empire State Building on April 3, 2021, in New York City. (Credit: ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

New York City took the top spot in multiple categories including food, recreation, clubs, and beauty and well-being. 

Dallas also emerged as a luxurious urban retreat, securing the 14th position overall among cities. 

Miami ranked at the top of the list for hotel accommodations, while Los Angeles was crowned No. 1 for travel options, and Las Vegas secured the top spot for shopping. 

Top luxury cities

1. New York 2. Las Vegas 3. Los Angeles 4. San Francisco 5. Chicago 6. Miami 7. San Diego 8. Honolulu 9. Jersey City 10. Boston  11. Washington 12. Seattle 13. Atlanta 14. Dallas 15. Houston

See the full list here.

Top summer destinations

Google Flights also recently revealed the top searches on its platform by people in the U.S. who were looking to travel between June 1 and Aug. 31, 2024.

RELATED: Google Flights says these are the top summer travel destinations of 2024

The most searched destination on Google Flights for summer 2024 was London, followed by Paris and Tokyo. 

In the U.S., New York took the No. 5 spot.

This story was reported from Los Angeles.

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