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Published August 3, 2023
The Best Getaway Trips from NYC
Get in, loser, we're leaving the city. 🚘 🧳
by New York Bucket List
New York City captivates us all with its crazy energy and endless things to do. After all, it’s called the city that never sleeps for a reason! But let's be honest—sometimes, we all need a break from the hustle, and a weekend trip provides the perfect opportunity to unwind and enjoy a change of pace.
From laid-back beach towns to outdoorsy mountain retreats, there are tons of places to explore just a short drive or train ride away. So, pack your bags, leave the city streets behind, and explore the best weekend getaways and day trips from New York City. New adventures and experiences are waiting for you just beyond the city limits.
12 Weekend Getaways and Day Trips Near NYC
Distance from NY: 3 hours, 30 minutes
Nestled in the picturesque Adirondack Mountains, Huttopia is a captivating retreat for nature enthusiasts looking to truly disconnect. With a variety of glamping accommodations to choose from, and hiking trails weaving through the woods nearby, Huttopia beckons adventurers to embrace the untamed beauty of the Adirondacks. Whether you're seeking solitude in the forest, soaking in the heated pool, or sharing stories around the crackling campfire, a stay at Huttopia promises an unforgettable escape.
Activity Highlight: Huttopia offers guided activities like yoga, nature walks, and even candle-making. Be sure to check the events calendar during your stay so you don’t miss any of the fun.
Long Island Winery Tour
Distance from NY: 2 hours
Looking for a quick day trip out of the city that promises plenty of fun? A day trip to Long Island’s renowned wineries is just what you need! On this day-long excursion, you’ll visit three of the best vineyards in North Fork, plus enjoy a delicious lunch along the way. With a dedicated driver providing the transportation, all you’ll need to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy!
Activity Highlight: Each of the wineries that you’ll visit has been specially curated by the Sourced Adventures team to ensure the best experience.
Rafting on the Delaware River
Distance from NY: 2 hours
Get ready for the ultimate adventure on the Delaware River, where you'll float, splash, and soak up the sun while enjoying the river. But the fun doesn't end there! After your river escapade, hop on a cushy bus where the party continues as you're whisked away to a fabulous winery. Sip on local wines, indulge in a delicious picnic lunch, and raise a glass to a day filled with unforgettable new memories.
Activity Highlight: This tour takes the river experience up a notch, with a stop at a winery after the rafting is done. What better way to keep the summer fun going than a glass of wine (or a few—we don’t judge!) with friends after a day on the river?
Distance from NY: 2 hours, 30 minutes
With its historic seaport, colonial-era architecture, and picturesque waterfront, Mystic transports visitors to a world of New England charm. Stroll along the cobblestone streets, browse unique shops, or indulge in fresh seafood at harborside restaurants.
Activity Highlight: Visitors young and old love the Mystic Aquarium, where you can explore exhibits featuring thousands of aquatic animals, including the only beluga whales in New England.
Shelter Island, NY
Distance from NY: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Tucked away at the tip of Long Island, this island retreat offers a tranquil oasis that feels miles away from ordinary. Explore the pristine beaches, play a round on one of the island’s two golf courses, rent bicycles to pedal along peaceful roads, or take to the water on a guided kayak tour.
Activity Highlight: One of the can’t-miss activities on Shelter Island is exploring the Mashomack Preserve. Take a stroll along serene trails that wind through diverse ecosystems, from lush forests to coastal wetlands.
The Poconos, PA
Distance from NY: 2 hours, 15 minutes
The Pocono Mountain region boasts a wealth of outdoor activities, from hiking through lush forests to skiing down snow-covered slopes in the winter months. Discover lakes and roaring rivers where you can kayak or whitewater raft, or hit up one of the area’s adventure parks for treetop zip lining, ropes courses, and more. For those in search of luxury, the Poconos also offer a range of spa resorts where you can indulge in pampering treatments and rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul.
Activity Highlight: Adrenaline junkies should head to the Pocono Raceway, a NASCAR track where you can do a ride-along in a real stock car, hitting speeds of up to 160 miles an hour as you race around the track.
Cape May, NJ
Distance from NY: 2 hours, 40 minutes
With two-and-a-half miles of powder-soft beaches stretching along the Atlantic Ocean, Cape May invites you to slow down and bask in the sun or take a refreshing dip in the rolling waves. While here, explore the colorful Victorian homes that line the streets, enjoy classic treats like salt water taffy or frozen custard, or head downtown to the Washington Street Mall to browse unique boutiques and art galleries.
Activity Highlight: Visit the historic Cape May Lighthouse and climb 199 steps up the tower for beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding area. Check out the events calendar for special events like a full moon climb or an Independence Day fireworks viewing.
Distance from NY: 3 hours, 20 minutes
Travel back in time to the Gilded Age or channel your inner coastal Grandma as you explore the magnificent estates and charming streets of Newport. Newport’s harbor is a bustling hub of activity where you can embark on a sailing excursion or indulge in the catch of the day at one of several waterfront restaurants. Beach lovers will find plenty of pristine spots to relax, soak up the sun, and enjoy the soothing sound of crashing waves.
Activity Highlight: Stroll along the picturesque 3.5-mile Cliff Walk, where you can enjoy stunning ocean views and rocky cliffs on one side and elegant Gilded Age mansions on the other.
Distance from NY: 1 hour, 25 minutes
Beacon is a vibrant, artsy town on the Hudson River that boasts an array of art galleries, boutique shops, and farm-to-table restaurants, making it a haven for art lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, and foodies alike.
Activity Highlight: Don’t miss a visit to check out the contemporary art scene at Dia:Beacon, a renowned modern art museum that houses impressive installations in a historic factory building.
Distance from NY: 5 hours
This picturesque village situated in the heart of the Adirondacks offers a perfect retreat for outdoorsy folks. The crown jewel is the lake, surrounded by majestic mountains that provide a stunning backdrop for adventures. From kayaking and paddleboarding on the calm waters to hiking trails that lead to breathtaking vistas, Lake Placid offers a wealth of outdoor activities. In town, you can stroll downtown to find shops, cozy cafes, and inviting restaurants.
Activity Highlight: Thrill-seekers can test their limits with a high-speed mountain coaster ride or channel inner Olympians with activities like bobsledding or luge at the Mt. Van Hoevenberg Olympic sports complex.
Distance from NY: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Trade the Statue of Liberty for the Liberty Bell, and head to America's first capital city. Just a short AMTRAK ride away, the "City of Brotherly Love" offers a unique blend of history and modern fun. Indulge in culinary treats like an iconic Philly cheesesteak, head to Reading Market to try cuisine from dozens of food stalls, snap a photo in front of the Liberty Bell, or make your way to the Magic Garden for a unique, artsy experience.
Activity Highlight: It's impossible to choose just one thing to do in Philly, but you definitely shouldn't miss a visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, home to a vast collection of art, including works by Picasso and van Gogh, as well as the site of the famous "Rocky Steps." For more ideas and things to do in Philly, check out @phlbucketlist!
Bear Mountain State Park, NY
Distance from NY: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Lace up your hiking boots and get ready to explore the trails that wind through Bear Mountain’s forests, leading to stunning viewpoints overlooking the Hudson River and the surrounding mountains. Just over 30 miles from Midtown, the summit is also home to the Perkins Memorial Tower, providing panoramic vistas that stretch as far as the eye can see – trust us, it’s worth the climb to the summit!
Activity Highlight: Stop by the Trailside Zoo, where you can see and learn about a variety of native wildlife, like black bears, coyotes, and porcupines.
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