Looking for the perfect weekend trips from NYC? We’ve got you covered in this extensive guide! 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, we’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.
Enjoy your city break!
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The Best New York Weekend Breaks
If you’re looking for the complete opposite of city life, head to the Catskills for a mountain getaway. Take in a breath of fresh air and enjoy the outdoors while taking one of those New York weekend breaks we all desperately need sometimes.
Getting to Catskill, NY from NYC can be done without even needing or renting a car!
To get here, travelers can take a train from Penn Station to Hudson Amtrak Station then catch a cab or rideshare for the last 5 miles to Catskill. You can also a bus from Port Authority to Catskill with one transfer! Both options are affordable!
Choose to chill in a cabin all weekend or get out and hike, bike, fish, or stargaze!
Where to stay in the Catskills:
If you’re enjoying a weekend trip from NYC in the Catskills, there’s no other better place to stay than in a luxe cabin in the woods! We love this Airbnb cabin option that has all the modern decor amenities in a rustic setting. Book Now at Airbnb
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Similar to the outdoorsy getaway in the Catskills, the Adirondacks 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! A train could take 10+ hours and driving takes just over 5!
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.
- Breweries & wineries
- Farmers markets
- White water rafting
- Skiing & snowboarding in the winter season
- Hiking, gorgeous lakes, & waterfalls
- & more!
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.
Where to stay in the Adirondacks:
What more unique way to spend your weekend getaway from NYC than in a beautiful treehouse tucked away in the woods? This couldn’t be further opposite of what staying in the city is like!
There are so many amazing things you can do during your weekend getaway from NYC to the Finger Lakes, which is a beautiful place to visit in the northeastern part of New York. Famous for its wine and scenery, including its waterfalls, gorges, state parks, and the lakes, this spot has become a great place for weekend trips from NYC.
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 don’t have to spend additional money to rent a car.
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.
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 views available, 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 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.
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
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
- Ocean City
- Cape May
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, 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!
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:
- Reading Terminal Market
- LOVE Sculpture
- Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
- Benjamin Franklin Parkway
- Boathouse Row
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.
Located in Westchester County in the scenic Hudson Valley along the Hudson River, you can find many attractions, homes, and one of America’s best towns to explore on a your weekend getaways from NYC.
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.
Next on our list of weekend getaways from NYC is Lake Placid, and it is actually in the Adirondacks but worth mentioning on it’s own! Lake Placid is another one of the outdoorsy mountain getaways with so many adventurous opportunities for fun.
One of the greatest attractions is the Lake Placid Olympics Museum, which honors the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics that took place there! How awesome is that?!
Another of the great attractions is the gorgeous Mirror Lake, which is one of the best things to do here all year long.
In the summer visitors can take boat tours, swim, fish, and go paddling and in the winter, visitors can ice skate, play hockey, or even go on dog sled rides!
There are also many hiking tours and you may come across some beautiful gorges!
Visiting Lake Placid is the ultimate outdoor excursion all year long, but if you’re looking for some indoor fun, check out the Adirondack Carousel or Bowlwinkles Family Entertainment Center.
You may want to consider taking a car on the trip to Lake Placid, considering it is well over 200 miles away from NYC.
Taking a train or bus is still an option but will take nearly 8 hours in travel time, we recommend driving to this destination so you can explore the surrounding area!
Where to Stay at Lake Placid:
There’s no better way to enjoy Lake Placid and the Adirondacks than enjoying a cabin getaway. We recommend this gorgeous, spacious cabin that is secluded in the forest yet still close to all the amazing attractions nearby.
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!
Here we will breakdown all the 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!
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!
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
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.
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 are:
- William Paca House & Garden
- Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park
- Maryland State House
- Ego Valley
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.
Going back toward the Adirondacks, Lake George is another beautiful site to see in New York.
Lake George is another place full of outdoor activities like kayaking, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, camping, boating, and even more opportunities for family fun.
One of the greatest attractions for visitors is Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark! This is a great attraction considering the indoor waterpark is open all year long! And in the warmer months, visitors can get their scream on at The Great Escape & Hurricane Harbor, which is a park with over 135 rides and attractions including an outdoor waterpark!
In addition to the park, visitors can enjoy so much here!
- Million Dollar Beach
- Adirondack Balloon Flights
- Lake George Shoreline Cruises
- Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course
Visiting Lake George from NYC is easy even without a vehicle, which makes it a perfect destination for weekend getaways from NYC! Greyhound and Adirondack Trailways both run buses regularly from New York to Lake George. Travelers can also take an Amtrak from Penn Station to land about 20 minutes away from Lake George. But you’ll most likely want a car to get around once you’re here.
Where to Stay at Lake George:
Scotty’s Lakeside Resort is the perfect Lake George accommodation to stay in close to town and right on the water which is a great base for exploring the area!
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 brew pubs! 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!
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.
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:
One incredible place to stay in the Hamptons is this gorgeous octagonal house with modern decor for a unique stay! Book on Airbnb.
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.
Just when you think the state of New York couldn’t possibly offer any more awesome destinations, here’s another for your list of weekend trips from NYC, also located in the Adirondack region..
Saratoga Springs is located in Upstate NY and is also apart of the Adirondacks region, just like Lake Placid and Lake George. It has been a popular tourist destination for over 200 years.
Famous for its Saratoga Race Course, which is one of the oldest thoroughbred race tracks in the country. If you haven’t been to a racetrack before, the dress code varies depending on where you sit, regular grandstand seats can dress very casually. But if you want to have some fun with the dress code, you’re welcome to wear the classy summer hats and dresses to keep up with the racetrack traditions.
Visitors can also get a wonderful weekend full of outdoor activities like camping, boating, biking, and there are also some lakes and beaches to check out!
Saratoga is also known for its amazing shopping opportunities. During your visit make sure to check out Downtown Saratoga Springs shopping district, not only does it have perfect boutiques, the area is full of cafes and restaurants.
Getting to Saratoga from NYC can take a few additional hours by bus or train, but it is affordable! If you’re looking to shave some travel time off, you can rent a car and be there in a little over 3 hours!
Where to Stay in Saratoga Springs:
There is no other place to stay in Saratoga Springs than the historic Saratoga Arms hotel, an 1870s hotel with historic character and charm.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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 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!
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.
Connecticut’s first appearance on our list, but definitely not a destination to be overlooked is Greenwich.
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:
- Bruce Museum
- Greenwich Polo Club
- Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens
- Greenwich Avenue
- Audubon Center
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.
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