In Woodstock, just three hours by bus from Manhattan, you can go biking, hiking, boating, going to museums, listening to live music and horseback riding. Say goodbye to the hustle and bustle and relax in endless acres of nature, with countless activities right at your fingertips. Whether you like fishing and climbing peaks, or going to the Woodstock Photography Center and listening to live music, Woodstock is the most walkable city in the Catskills, with an activity for just about everyone. To get there, take the Adirondack Trailways bus to Woodstock, the bus stop is in the center of town.
Growing up outside of New York, I understand 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 out of the bright city lights from time to time? I don't blame you. If you take a day off from work (Friday or Monday) and fly on the last possible flight (Thursday night or Friday night, depending on the day you take off), you'll have two full days at your destination (not including travel days). I know what you're thinking: the land of school trips and one museum after another? Why should I visit him if I already did it in the fifth 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 plenty of things to do outside of the main tourist attractions.
Visit underground art galleries, see incredible live performances, or just walk along the Georgetown waterfront. If you're looking for some floral and spring fun, consider visiting during the peak cherry blossom season: late March or early April (depending on the weather). I visited it a few years ago and I'm dying for a trip back and forth to see all those beautiful flowers again.
Baltimore, home to the Inner Harbor, the Orioles and some delicious crab dishes, is the largest city in Maryland and one of the easiest to reach, making it one of the best weekend getaways from New York.
Baltimore is a fantastic weekend getaway from New York because you can easily get there by train or bus. At the port, you can take a water taxi through the different neighborhoods of the city. During the warmer months of the year, head to Fells Point, which is a historic Baltimore district that's filled with beautiful, quaint buildings and local bars and restaurants. The coastal town of Mystic, Connecticut is home to a bustling and charming historic harbor.
We included Mystic on our list of weekend trips from New York because it's a perfect small town to escape to. At the Mystic Seaport, you can experience the atmosphere of America's maritime history, whether on the streets or at the Mystic Seaport Museum. Located at the eastern point of Long Island is a small coastal town called Montauk. In summer, you'll find families and beach lovers flocking to the shores of Montauk to enjoy the sun, the ocean waves, and the relaxed coastal environment.
Head to Ditch Plains, Montauk's most popular beach area, and pack your towel. In summer, Bear Mountain is home to a beautiful state park that you can visit to hike one of its many trails or enjoy some peace and quiet away from the city. Here you can stay in a rural hostel or go camping, if you like that kind of thing. And in the fall, Bear Mountain becomes very beautiful, and the leaves change in as many colors as you can imagine.
It's a great weekend getaway from New York any time of the year. In summer, you can practice a variety of water sports, such as jet skiing, kayaking, sailing, rowing and much more. Or, if you prefer a more relaxed approach, book a cruise and set sail at sunset, and let someone else do the work for you while you soak up the beach breeze and beautiful views. Famous for its many casinos and long waterfront, Atlantic City is known as “America's playground” for a reason.
Basically, here you'll find a small town in Las Vegas, with many resorts that promote casinos and nighttime shows perfect for quick trips from New York. However, despite popular opinion, gambling and other “Sin City” activities aren't the only things you can do in Atlantic City. Head to the waterfront for some summer fun, such as eating on the street and on the bustling pier, the Steel Pier, with tons of attractions and other carnival-style entertainment. You can also take a ride on the Boardwalk trolley, which will take you to the different areas of the Atlantic City waterfront.
Named one of “America's favorite cities,” New Hope has a lot and is, in our opinion, one of the best weekend getaways from New York. This historic city has a bustling shopping and walking district on the main street, full of delicious, locally owned restaurants to enjoy. The Catskills are one of the quintessential weekend getaways from New York that ever existed, and it's also one of the wonderful quick trips from New York. Here you can catch some R&R away from the city's constant chaos.
In the Catskills region, which surrounds the city of Phoenicia, New York, you'll find quaint wooden huts dotting mountain slopes and forest roads. 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 visit one of the local hiking trails, which lead to beautiful viewpoints or waterfalls in the region. In winter, you can bundle up and head to a local ski resort to hit the slopes.
Full of charming boutique hotels and charming B&B, this captivating city is perfect for enjoying seafood, exploring historic markets, and hiking or kayaking in the vicinity of the Mashomack Reserve. Or relax and get a tan on one of the many sandy beaches that dot the city's coastline. Most people visit the Hamptons to escape the city, and there are plenty of activities there that can help you do so. The whole area is covered with beaches where you can sunbathe or take a swim.
In addition to the incredible beachside restaurants and bars where you can spend the day, with Pina Colada in hand, there are also plenty of family-owned wineries where you can try some of New York's classic drinks. More than 350 years old, New London, CT, is one of Connecticut's historic and cultural centers. With great pride in its long history (compared to many other areas on the East Coast), you can't miss the city's famous museums, such as the Custom House Maritime Museum (and the lighthouse) or the Lyman Allyn Art Museum. You can also visit the Farmer's Museum, which is a living museum that highlights what real life was like on farms in the region.
They also have a 37-mile Cooperstown beverage route for when you're ready to leave the museums in favor of a locally brewed beer. The nearby Glimmerglass State Park offers picturesque boat trips and a quiet city break when you're ready to take a break from the city. Newport, home to luxurious Gatsby-style mansions and the oldest synagogue in the U.S. In the US, it has one of the richest and most fascinating stories of all the long weekend trips from New York on this list.
This coastal town in Rhode Island has a lot of things to do, which is why we have named it one of the best weekend trips from New York. But beaches aren't all there to do in Gloucester: if you dig a little deeper, you'll also find quirky sights and historic homes to explore. You can go deep into Cape Pond Ice, which is an ice house open all year round that literally houses blocks of ice for fishermen, or explore a REAL castle, Hammond Castle. I might be a bit biased (considering I spent 3 and a half years at the University at Buffalo to graduate), but Buffalo is a hidden gem in western New York.
Buffalo, a city full of waterways, is both quaint and relaxed. There are also plenty of fun streets to walk around, such as Elmwood Village, which is full of cafes, local stores, and food trucks to spend an afternoon strolling around town. If you have extra time in the Buffalo area, don't forget to stop by the beautiful Niagara Falls. Arrive early to avoid crowds, especially in the hottest months of the year.
As one of the most fascinating weekend getaways from New York, 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 city's railroad operation, or the Lockwood Matthews Mansion Museum, which was owned by a railroad financier. You can end the day at a traditional Norwalk restaurant, many of which have a nautical theme in the purest New England style. Strolling along the cobblestone sidewalks of Nantucket is the picturesque New England dream.
Nantucks was founded in the 17th century, it's amazing that here you can learn about the history of Massachusetts and the United States, full of beautiful monuments that you can visit that reveal part of the history of New England and the United States. Cape Cod is the largest coastal area that includes Nantucket, and is one of the best-loved coastal town areas in Massachusetts. Surrounded by majestic vacation homes and large beach resorts, Cape Cod's 560-mile coastline is the main draw. Most people come here for the beach, but on Cape Cod you can also find great seafood restaurants, historic homes and lighthouses, and small homesteads.
In addition to the beach, you can find live music performances and vineyards in the Cape Cod area, which is perfect for an afternoon or evening excursion after spending the day at the beach. Plus, the Cape Cod sunsets are absolutely stunning. Martha's Vineyard, a quick ferry ride from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, is a popular weekend trip from New York and the nearby city of Boston. This picturesque island oasis is an East Coast favorite, dotted with lighthouses, gardens, beaches, and cute Victorian homes.
Of course, there are plenty of beaches where you can hang out all day, every day. But if you don't like to rest on the seashore all the time, you can do many other activities on the island, such as visiting a lighthouse, taking a boat trip along the coast, or hanging out at a historic inn near the water. In addition, there are several nature reserves and parks in the Greenwich area that you can explore to escape to nature, enjoying the coast, the Arboretum, and the beautiful gardens that surround the city. When I visited it, I couldn't get enough of Horseshoe Bay and its stunning blue waters.
Be sure to rent a motorbike and explore the island: cliff jumps, beach clubs, the shipyard and the island of San Jorge (with cobblestone streets and admirable architecture) await you. Heck, if time permits, you can even take a short round-trip cruise from New York directly to Bermuda. It's important to note that Bermuda is located off the coast of the Carolinas and therefore has no year-round beach weather. Keep that in mind if you're hoping for a Caribbean-style getaway in warm climates.
Keep in mind that you'll need a passport to enter Bermuda, as it's a British island territory (although it doesn't normally apply if you visit Bermuda on a cruise ship). After living on the East Coast for most of my life, can you believe that I finally took a quick trip to Philadelphia a few years ago? We spent our time wandering the streets (a good mix of cobblestone and paved streets), admiring the murals scattered around the city, poking our mouths in the delights of the Reading Terminal Market and, at the same time, learning about some of the most important historic attractions in the country. When the weather is nice, the City of Brotherly Love is the perfect place to explore for a few days. Don't miss out on a walk through Love Park, Rittenhouse Square, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Liberty Bell Center (essential on any visit to Philadelphia), the Reading Terminal Market and the Magic Gardens.
You can safely say that Boston is a city full of historic events just around every corner. And despite being such a prominent city in United States history, New England's largest city has much more to offer. Lush green parks abound, long beachfront promenades are plentiful, and the amount of shopping is sure to make any woman smile. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Being one of the oldest cities in the United States, you can safely say that there are plenty of activities to keep you busy, making Boston one of the best weekend getaways from New York. Make this your next weekend getaway by taking the LIRR Port Jefferson line from Penn Station and walking (or taking a quick taxi) to this quaint port city. Rent one of these wooden cabins, stylish chalets, modern townhomes, or other Airbnbs for ski getaways from New York. From the idyllic beaches of Bermuda to the fresh powder of Bear Mountain and the fresh lobster of Portland, Maine, these long weekend trips from New York will surely satisfy any need to escape the Big Apple.
On this list of fun weekend getaways from New York, you'll find places that are a little quieter and offer a refreshing break from the noise of the city. If you have the strategy of avoiding the usual travel schedules (Friday night out of town, Sunday night to return), you can be in North Fork in just two hours, making it a surprisingly quick weekend getaway from New York. Although it's quite a trip, a ferry trip to Nantucket is a great idea for a long weekend away from New York. These weekend getaways from New York offer fun, relaxation, and something different not far from home.