Many visitors to New York City like to add an excursion or weekend getaway to their travel plans. New York City is the prime location that makes it easily accessible to many other cities and top destinations on the East Coast. All these trips are only a couple hours’ drive from the city or accessible through Amtrak and other public transportation. If you are looking for a long weekend getaway from the Big Apple, read on to learn about the best road trips from New York City.
The Best Road Trips From New York City
Visit America’s Original Seaside Resort
The city of Cape May, New Jersey is America’s oldest seaside resort. The city is designated a National Historic Landmark due to its concentration of Victorian structures. In this quaint town, you can stroll along the promenade and browse the shops while you smell the ocean air. Besides, the beautiful beach, visitors can enjoy many outdoor activities here including whale watching, wineries, fishing trips, surfing and much more.
In Cape May there are many eateries for every budget and taste. You can enjoy fine dining with an ocean view at such establishments as Peter Shields Inn, or Italian and seafood specialties at Tisha’s. Cape May MAC hosts many historical tours year round that highlights the history of this iconic shore town.
Sample Local Wines in the Finger Lakes Region
A five hour drive from New York will get you to the splendid Finger Lakes Region. The region has so much to offer the visitor including casinos, Destiny USA Mall, Seabreeze Amusement Park, boat cruises, spas and much more. Historical sites include the Harriet Tubman Home, the Rockwell Museum, and the Ward O’Hara Agricultural & Country Living Museum. You can spend a day hiking and exploring Watkins Glen State Park, or sample pinot noir at Heart & Hands Wine Company.
Hike and Play in the Catskills
The Catskills’ tourism slogan is Travel Close, Discover More. This phenomenal mountain range in upstate New York is only a 3 to 4 hour drive from New York City. There are plenty of things to do in this wonderful region. These include fishing, camping, hiking, cycling and so much more. Baseball fans will trek to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and pay homage to their heroes. A great place to explore for a day trip is Glimmerglass State Park, where you can lounge by the beautiful Lake Otsego.
Study American History in Lexington, Massachusetts
Get a taste of early American history in Lexington, Massachusetts, just 15 miles outside of Boston. In town, see the statue of the Lexington Minuteman and take a tour of Battle Green, a National Historic Landmark. In Lexington, dine on rich eggs benedict at Town Meeting Bistro, a popular eatery in town. Stop in a for beer at Buckman Tavern, a former Minuteman headquarters during the Revolutionary War that has maintained its historical integrity. When you explore the Old Burying Ground, see the gravestones dating from 1690, and the resting places of Revolutionary and Civil War soldiers.
See the Magnificent Mansions at Newport
Newport, Rhode Island is a popular destination for east coast road trips. There are numerous things to do in Newport besides beach and water activities. In Newport, you can hike the 3.5 mile Cliff Walk with panoramic ocean views, or bike, ride horseback, and play golf or tennis. Daily tours of Newport’ s spectacular mansions like The Breakers, and the other magnificent mansions are a popular tourism activity. Wine enthusiasts will love a tasting at Newport Vineyards to finish their day.
Play at the Pocono Mountains
The Pocono Mountains in in southeastern Pennsylvania has four seasons of endless fun. The region is just a quick two hour drive from New York City. The Poconos has many lodging facilities that can accommodate a romantic couples’ retreat or an entire family getaway. A whole range of outdoor activities can be enjoyed in the region and the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. These activities include camping, canoeing, hiking, kayaking, and rafting.
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