19 Best Weekend Getaways From NYC

New Yorkers don't need to travel far to travel well.

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There are countless ways to spend a weekend in New York City, but sometimes, you just need to escape the grind. The best weekend getaways will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to get back to the hustle and bustle after a few blissful days away.

Fortunately for New Yorkers, an escape from the Big Apple is never more than a few hours away. Whether you envision yourself as a total beach bum or want to walk in the footsteps of America's founding fathers, there are perfect weekend trips from NYC for every type of traveler.

Check out craft breweries in Vermont, watch the famed WaterFire display in Providence, Rhode Island, or make your way to the beach on the Jersey Shore with these weekend getaways from NYC.

1. Long Beach Island, New Jersey: 2-Hour Drive

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This barrier island just off the coast of southern New Jersey is a place where life comes to a standstill in the best way possible. Stretching for 20 stunning miles, Long Beach Island is the spot to be for city dwellers looking to get away, bask in the sun, or go on a little sightseeing adventure.

On the island, visitors can climb 217 steps to the top of the Barnegat Lighthouse, also known as "Old Barney," to take in views of Barnegat Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, or they can shop for coastal-inspired kitchenware and swimsuit coverups in Viking Village, where old fishing shacks have been lovingly converted into cafés and boutiques.

For those traveling in a pack, there's Pinky Shrimp's Seafood Company, where you and your entire crew can gather for the "fried family feast" of shrimp, scallops, crab cakes, and more. Another stellar dining option is Mud City Crab House, located just across the causeway in Manahawkin, where guests can order oysters on the half shell and enjoy a cold drink around the outdoor fire pits. Both restaurants are closed during winter.

As for where to lay your head at night, try booking a stay at Hotel LBI, a luxury hotel boasting 102 well-appointed rooms, fine dining establishments, and a rooftop terrace where you can watch the sunset with a glass of champagne in hand.

2. Boston: 4-Hour Drive

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If you're into history, look no further than a long weekend away in Boston.

Spend time walking along the famed Freedom Trail to trace the city's history as it weaves through several of Boston's most charming neighborhoods. Stop into places like Old North Church, the Old State House (site of the Boston Massacre), and the Paul Revere House to get a taste of what life here was like around the time of our nation's birth. (Pro tip: try to plan your trip around The Head Of The Charles Regatta, which draws thousands of spectators each year to watch elite rowers compete in the three-day race.)

As a major city, Boston has no shortage of excellent hotel options, including the Omni Parker House, the oldest continuously operating hotel in the country. Its own history runs deep and counts both Malcolm X and Ho Chi Minh as ex-employees, and writers like Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow as former guests.

For an even more upscale stay, book a night at the Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street, Boston. Centrally located in Back Bay, it's a prime spot to post up for a weekend. It also comes with all the amenities one would ever need, including complimentary Birria bikes, three restaurants, a spa, a swimming pool with floor-to-ceiling views of the city, and its concierge team can curate experiences to help you make the most of your time in the city.

For New Yorkers who don't drive or don't want to drive, Amtrak's Acela service takes you from Manhattan to Boston in four hours.

3. Burlington, Vermont: 5.5-Hour Drive

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With breweries dotted all around this small city, Burlington, Vermont is a beer lover's paradise. Make sure to sign up with City Brew Tours for a behind-the-scenes look at how some of the best beers coming out of the Queen City are made. True brew enthusiasts should try to plan their visit around the Vermont Brewers Festival, held every July.

Beyond beer, Burlington also boasts a lively waterfront scene. Head to Waterfront Park on Lake Champlain for a stroll or cycle along the eight-mile Burlington Greenway. Hop off your bike for a quick visit to ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, an interactive science museum dedicated to the health of the lake, or rent a boat from the Community Sailing Center to get on the water yourself.

For a luxurious getaway, stay at the Essex Resort & Spa. Nestled on 18 verdant acres just outside the city, this charming hotel has two swimming pools, a spa, and hands-on cooking classes taught by chefs from the resort’s farm-to-table restaurant.

4. The Adirondacks, New York: 4-to-5-Hour Drive

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When the city becomes too much, it's time to head upstate — to the Adirondack Mountains, specifically.

A weekend in the Adirondacks typically means hiking, kayaking, cliff diving, and for the more adventurous, white water rafting (best experienced in the spring, when the Hudson River is at its most intense). Writer Lauren Breedlove described her outdoorsy experience in the Adirondacks for Travel + Leisure: "We couldn't get enough of the canoes, going on morning and evening expeditions, keeping an eye out for possible moose, and uncovering art in nature as we paddled through an area with heart-shaped lily pads."

For a unique stay, reserve a room at The Point, a former Rockefeller family retreat overlooking Saranac Lake. Be sure to book early, as the property has just 11 guest rooms. In 2017, it underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation led by architect Andrew Chary, who honored the hotel's past and restored its original brass and chrome fixtures and stone fireplaces. Yes, it's rustic, but that doesn't mean it isn't fancy. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, dinner at the hotel is a black-tie event, so make sure to pack your finest attire. Of course, if you can't get a room, there's always The Sagamore Resort, a luxurious Colonial Revival grande dame right on Lake George.

5. Providence, Rhode Island: 3.5-Hour Drive

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Providence, Rhode Island, exudes all the charm you'd expect from a great New England city. It's a place where you'll still find cobblestone streets and narrow river walks alongside modern dining establishments, world-class theater, and museums to rival those found in any of its larger counterparts.

While in Providence, head to Waterplace Park. Channel your inner Venetian by booking a ride along the city's rivers with La Gondola, or plan your trip around WaterFire, an art installation that lights up the rivers with almost 100 braziers on several weekends throughout the summer and fall.

After catching a show, head to Oberlin, a modern seafood spot consistently ranked among the best restaurants in the U.S. Then spend the night at ultra-cool, 52-key The Dean, where rooms are outfitted with a mix of custom and vintage furniture and original artwork adorning the walls. Or, for a bit more history, stay at Graduate Providence, previously known as the Providence Biltmore. Each of the rooms and common spaces pays homage to the city's past with vintage furnishings and artifacts.

6. Mystic, Connecticut: 2.5-Hour Drive

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As far as picture-perfect villages go, they don't get much better than Mystic, Connecticut. The adorable town is home to fewer than 5,000 permanent residents, making it a great place to go for a quaint getaway.

While it may be a small town, the town has no shortage of activities. If you're traveling as a family, there is the famous Mystic Aquarium, where you can spend an entire day roaming around and learning all about your favorite sea creatures. Want to see marine life in their natural habitat? Book a summer sail with Argia Mystic Cruises. The company's 81-foot schooner takes guests around the seaport and the nearby islands. Guests are encouraged to bring their own picnics and beverages (including beer and wine, just no hard liquor).

Cap off a visit to Mystic by staying at Ocean House, located in nearby Watch Hill. The famed inn is 25 minutes away and provides guests with even more New England charm, thanks to its meticulous restoration, stunning ocean views, and world-class amenities.

7. Philadelphia: 2-Hour Drive

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The City of Brotherly Love beckons a day trip, weekend, or a getaway for as long as you need. Arrive by car or take an 80-minute Amtrak ride for a more relaxing journey.

There is so much to see and do in this vibrant city, including a few classics like snapping a picture in front of The Liberty Bell, touring Independence Hall, and running up the "Rocky Steps" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art — doing your best Stallone face the entire way.

The city has a high-end culinary scene — chef Michael Solomonov's Zahav and Laser Wolf, both serving Israeli cuisine, are must-visits. But you also need to take part in a classic Philly tradition and order a cheesesteak. To get a taste of as many different versions as you can, head to Reading Terminal Market — one of the country's oldest public markets — where you can also pick up some local artisan goods.

After you've filled your belly, you'll need a good rest. Book a room at The Logan, Curio Collection by Hilton, where you'll get a room with not only a plush bed but also modern decor and local artwork, as well as a hotel with a full-service spa, a steakhouse, and a rooftop terrace.

8. Washington, D.C.: 4-Hour Drive

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The capital's endless activities fit all interests and travel palates. Visitors can lean into D.C.'s history by touring the famous monuments on the National Mall and delve into worlds of dinosaurs, art history, and the like in any of the 16 Smithsonian museums in the city. To experience the top attractions in a more unique way, you could always hop on a night tour by D.C. Trolley Tours and view them under the stars.

After you tick off the usual highlights, you should explore the places on locals' hot list: local art exhibits at Dupont Underground, jazz concerts in the National Gallery of Art sculpture garden, and the expansive farmers market in Columbia Heights, to name a few.

Once you're wiped out from sightseeing, check in to The St. Regis Washington, D.C. Located just two blocks from The White House, the hotel has hosted A-listers and dignitaries alike for nearly 100 years — and it's your turn to join them.

9. Newport, Rhode Island: 3-Hour Drive

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Another popular Rhode Island weekend getaway, Newport has long been a haven for New Yorkers escaping the fast pace of the city in exchange for a slower way of life.

Here, you can explore the former homes of some truly rich and fabulous people on a self-guided tour of the iconic Newport Mansions. Follow that up with a stroll along the 3.5-mile Newport Cliff Walk, which provides some of the most breathtaking views along the entire Eastern Seaboard. You can get out on the water yourself by renting a sailboat and exploring Narragansett Bay.

Finally, live (briefly) like the Newport elite with a stay at The Vanderbilt, Auberge Resorts Collection, a hotel built in 1909 as the Newport County YMCA. With just 33 guest rooms, it's a place where you'll enjoy five-star service just as a Vanderbilt would.

10. Nantucket, Massachusetts: 7-Hour Drive and Ferry Ride

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If Nantucket, Massachusetts is on your "must-see" list for a short getaway, you might consider hopping on an 80-minute flight rather than spending seven hours driving and ferrying to the island. No matter how you arrive, you're guaranteed to have a relaxing time on this slice of pure Americana.

Nantucket is brimming with activities — renting a bike and going for a slow pedal around town, taking in the Instagram-worthy shingled homes, cruising through the harbor, or casting a line on an organized fishing trip — to help you slow down and appreciate the little things. The world's your oyster in Nantucket (and the local oysters are all yours, too).

While Nantucket still has its small-town vibe, it's blossoming into a global destination. "There was a real energy in the town, and there was also a surprising sense of openness and accessibility," reported Akash Kapur for T+L. "While entry was, in the latter half of the last century, largely restricted to certain classes and races, Nantucket was now teeming with a diverse population."

End your very serene day with a stay at White Elephant. With its stunning lawn along the waterfront, you can both start and end your days with the soothing sounds of the crashing waves outside.

11. Portland, Maine: 5-Hour Drive

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Portland, Maine is a place where everyone can find a slice of vacation bliss. From above-average antique and vintage shops to a craft beer scene that must be sipped and savored to ample outdoor space for roaming on a warm day, the city is suitable for group and solo trips alike.

Erinne Magee, a lifelong Mainer and former Portland resident, reported on the best things to do in Portland for T+L. Her list includes visiting the Portland Observatory for 360-degree views of the city, taking a ferry to Peaks Island, and leisurely exploring the cobblestone streets of the Old Port neighborhood.

Seafood lovers shouldn't pass up the lobster dinner at Eventide. The raw bar and restaurant is well-known for scrumptious New England bites — including the classic lobster roll.

After dinner, settle in for the night at The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection, whose historic downtown building once housed the Portland Press Herald. The hotel honors its history with a nostalgic newspaper theme throughout. "If you have a thing for old typewriters or simply want to visit a building that celebrates art in all forms, stop into The Press Hotel for a beverage and board game," reported Magee. "You can also explore the lower level museum featuring Maine artists or type your own special something on the typewriter in the lobby."

If you don't mind driving a bit, White Barn Inn, Auberge Resorts Collection located about 40 minutes outside the city in Kennebunkport will grant you an unforgettable stay. The drive will allow you to further explore Maine's stunning landscapes, and the hotel itself is a true gem, home to an award-winning restaurant.

12. Hudson Valley, New York: 2.5-Hour Drive

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For a weekend trip that feels like it's just a stone's throw away, head up north to the Hudson Valley for a retreat filled with fine dining and wine. The Culinary Institute of America calls the Hudson Valley home — while in the area, pay a visit (it's been called one of the most beautiful campuses in the country), and explore the greater culinary scene, from Michelin-rated restaurants to casual bakeries and cafes. Dinner by acclaimed chef Jean-Georges at The Inn at Pound Ridge is not to be missed.

For a drink, embark on the Dutchess Wine Trail, which leads to world-class vineyards and delicious tasting rooms. When you're ready to retire for the night, head over to The Maker, a hotel that radiates class and culture.

13. Farmington, Pennsylvania: 6-Hour Drive

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Farmington, Pennsylvania, is perhaps the quirkiest little gem on this list of weekend getaway destinations. It's a place to get out in nature and dive deep into the fun-loving culture.

During your stay in Farmington, visit nearby Laurel Caverns, which contains the state's largest cave. While the cave itself is fascinating, it's made even more so by the colorful lights installed inside. For design admirers, there are not one but two Frank Lloyd Wright homes nearby, including the famous Fallingwater home, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which you can visit on a group or personal tour.

Then, drive over to the ever-popular Nemacolin for chateau accommodation and experiences from axe throwing to cosmic bowling to acupuncture.

14. Cape May, New Jersey: 2.5-Hour Drive

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There are family-friendly getaway spots, and then there's Cape May. Located at the southernmost tip of New Jersey, this stunning oceanfront community is at the top of just about every East Coast "best weekend getaway" list.

Rent a cruiser from Cape Island Bikes or take a trolley tour to see as much of the colorful town as possible, or take an afternoon cruise to see Cape May from the water and maybe even spot a whale or two while you're out there. For dinner, reserve a table in advance at the Blue Pig Tavern, serving surf and turf classics with farm-fresh ingredients, and grab a couple of beers under string lights while listening to live music at Exit Zero Filling Station while you wait.

Dig a little deeper into the Americana vibe with an overnight at The Virginia Hotel & Cottages, a 24-room boutique hotel in a lovingly restored building constructed in 1879. It also has four cottages.

15. Bermuda: 2-Hour Flight

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Plot twist: While Bermuda isn't exactly within driving distance, it's actually a shorter commute from NYC than many of the above destinations. A two-hour flight will land you in a subtropical paradise. In fact, travel journalist Alison Fox reported for T+L that Bermuda is cheaper and faster from NYC than the Hamptons: "The affordable direct flights — including the brand-new JetBlue one from LGA — and the easy-to-use bus system to help travelers get around definitely make Bermuda a compelling alternative to domestic travel this summer."

On the main island, bask in the sun, swim in the crystalline sea, drink rum swizzles at The Swizzle Inn, make your own scent at the Lili Bermuda Perfumery, visit natural wonders like The Blue Hole Park, and finish off the five-star visit with a stay at a five-star hotel. Rosewood Bermuda is set on a sprawling, private stretch of pink sand beach, the perfect spot to be marooned for a long weekend.

16. Lake Placid, New York: 5-Hour Drive

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Lake Placid is another farther-flung location, but it’s well worth the journey if you want to enjoy a year-round outdoor destination. In the spring, summer, and fall, visitors will be delighted to find a dazzling array of outdoor activities, from hiking through High Falls Gorge, a 22-acre nature park boasting four waterfalls, to taking a dip in the 128-acre Mirror Lake

Of course, this place is also a winter paradise – famed for hosting the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. Powder hounds can get their adrenaline rush on the slopes of Whiteface Mountain, which offers 22 miles of terrain for skiing and snowboarding. 

Start at least one day with a hearty plate of eggs, a breakfast sandwich, or the decadent French toast fondue from The Breakfast Club. And for later-in-the-day fare, look no further than Smoke Signals, a BBQ joint with finger-licking briskets, ribs, and pulled pork.

Check into the The Lake Placid Stagecoach Inn, a delightful boutique inn housed in a building from the 1700s that still boasts plenty of historical charm. 

17. The Poconos, Pennsylvania: 2-Hour Drive 

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The Pocono Mountains are another delightful outdoorsy destination primed for getting out of the city. Come here for a little family fun like visiting Camelback Mountain, a massive adventure park that will leave kids and kids at heart smiling from ear to ear. There’s also the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, which will zip you through the stunning local scenery, and miles upon miles of hiking through old-growth forests in the Poconos trail system. 

Remember, The Poconos cover about 2,400 square miles, so plan your dining according to the area you want to visit. A couple of not-to-miss spots in the region include Wilkes-Barre's Cork Bar and Restaurant, serving seafood with an Italian twist (think roasted red pepper gnocchi shrimp and shrimp and crab bolognese), along with Native in Honesdale, an upscale eatery focusing on dishes made from locally sourced produce. 

Lay your head at any number of area hotels. Among the best are Cove Haven Resort, a kitschy, old-school, couples-only hotel famed for its heart-shaped tubs, and Woodloch Resort, a family-friendly resort where all ages can find a little fun in the great outdoors. 

18. Washington, Connecticut: 2-Hour Drive 

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Find rural bliss just two hours outside the city with a visit to Washington, Connecticut, where verdant landscapes are abundant but so too are the cultural attractions. Dive deep into the region at the Institute For American Indian Studies, which traces the lives of Indigenous peoples back more than 10,000 years. Get your fill of fresh air at the Hollister House Garden, a massive green space open in the spring and summer to showcase the local blooms, and get a taste of something locally brewed at Hopkins Vineyard, a heritage farm that produces award-winning wines. 

Then, dig into more local favorites at The 202 Tavern, serving classic American food made by local purveyors, and G.W. Tavern, whose menu features comforting classics like French onion soup and chicken wings. 

The area may not have a lot of accommodations, but it makes up for the quantity with pure quality thanks to the Mayflower Inn & Spa, Auberge Resorts Collection. The elegant inn will leave you totally renewed thanks to its inviting and cozy guest rooms and its in-depth wellness programming, including traditional spa services and expert-led health coaching. 

19. North Fork, New York: 2-Hour Drive

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Escape to the North Fork, New York whenever you need a Long Island getaway without all the pomp and circumstance. Just two hours from the city (traffic permitting), this is the spot to be for a beach day, a great glass of wine, and a little farm-style fun. You really can’t go wrong at any of its beaches, but great options include Wildwood State Park, which also includes a 600-acre forest, and Orient Beach State Park at the end of North Fork.

According to Hannah Walhout, a former senior editor at T+L, "This part of Long Island was always a sleepy place — worlds away from the big-money scene of the nearby Hamptons. But these days, more and more city dwellers are making the trek, drawn by the peninsula’s rolling coastline, rambling vineyards, and hyper-local gastronomy."

After basking in the sun, head to the waterfront Kontokosta Winery to enjoy panoramic views of Long Island Sound with your vino. Don't leave without stopping by 8 Hands Farm for farm store goodies to take back home. For more food, The Halyard has locally sourced produce and fresh-caught fish, and Bruce & Son is beloved for its all-day brunch. 

Round out your vacation with a stay at Sound View Greenport, a design-forward hotel on 14 waterfront acres, or The Lin Beach House, a chic guesthouse with clawfoot tubs in every guest room. 

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