Summer Road Trips from NYC
From Broadway to Brooklyn, New York is unarguably a fantastic destination to visit year-round. While those of us who call the Big Apple home love the convenience of world-class entertainment and dining at our fingertips, we all crave a few days away every once in a while -- especially during the steamy summer months. Whether your relaxation recipe calls for sea spray, mountain air or a new city to explore, we’ve rounded up our favorite summer road trips for every New Yorker. Not a native? Snag an airfare deals in the market to fly into NYC and spend a few days in the city before hitting the road.
- Westhampton, N.Y.: Only two hours from Manhattan you’ll find the seaside villages of the Hamptons, the summer playground for New York’s A List. Plan your posh getaway with a two-night oceanfront stay in Westhampton Beach. The Resort at Bath and Tennis sits on 500 feet of private beach where guests can watch sailboats from the nearby marina from the sundeck. Tour the rest of the East End on two wheels with a winery bicycle tour.
- Atlantic City, N.J.: Feeling lucky? Up the ante on this year’s Jersey Shore trip with a stay at The Chelsea in Atlantic City. The first non-gaming hotel to appear on the city’s skyline since the 1960s, this swanky hotel instead offers a spa, nightclub and rooftop bar for the modern traveler. Kids of all ages with delight at spotting sea creatures on a whale watching cruise or stroll the world’s oldest boardwalk before heading to the beach with complimentary chairs, towels and beach umbrella.
- Sugar Hill, N.H.: Escape to a charming New England inn nestled in the White Mountains. The hotel offers unlimited golfing and mountain biking as well as meals and daily wine credit. Hike the 4.5-mile Piper Trail to the top of Mount Chocorua for unsurpassed views or make a splash in the waterfalls at Franconia Notch State Park before digging into the three-course Innkeepers Table dinner.
- The Poconos, Pa.: Popularized by honeymooners after World War II, the destination withstands the test of time by welcoming visitors from across the Northeast with its lush forests and abundant wildlife. The region is well-known for its crystal clear lakes, ideal for swimming or fly fishing, and home to a NASCAR raceway. Bring the whole family to Skytop Lodge where kids 11 and under stay free. The property topped Travel + Leisure’s “America’s Best All-Inclusive Resorts” list in 2012 and offers rock climbing, archery and canoe rentals on-site.
- Washington, D.C.: Our nation’s capital is unparalleled with it comes to free museums and memorials to fill your vacation itinerary without draining your wallet. Stay in Arlington at the Doubletree Crystal City and drink in stunning views of the monuments from the area’s only revolving-rooftop restaurant, located at the top of the hotel. Summer brings humidity and long lines to the National Mall, so hop on the Metro early to sightsee or get an up close view from the Potomac River on a kayak tour.
- Boston: Book this 4-star Back Bay hotel to stay steps from Boston Common, the oldest public park in America and a must-see when visiting in warm weather. Work up a thirst on the Swan Boats before grabbing a beer at Cheers and window shopping on Newbury Street, “the Rodeo Drive of the East.” Catch a Red Sox game from behind Fenway’s Green Monster, just a mile from the hotel, or sail Boston Harbor with cocktails.