Living in one of the biggest, most vibrant cities in the world comes with a good deal of stress and anxiety. Every now and then, it might be a good idea to jump into a car and go on a weekend trip, away from the clamorous metropolis. We are leaving Philadelphia, Boston, D.C. and Rhode Island aside to focus on some lesser known, two-day getaways from New York City. These are our picks!
Number Six: A Weekend at Sleepy Hollow, New York
Just a short train ride from Manhattan (about half an hour upstate from Grand Central), New York’s glass skyscrapers and halal food trucks make way for Tarrytown’s Victorian mansions and farmer markets. Following Broadway, you will get to Sleepy Hollow—the Headless Horseman’s birthplace. It is recommended to visit both villages during fall. And extra recommended to do so on Halloween night!
Number Five: Harriman State Park, New York
Harriman State Park is the second largest park in New York, with over 47,500 acres of land and more than 200 miles of hiking trails. Located just 30 miles north of the city, this is an absolute paradise for hikers and campers. 31 lakes, 97 trails and 12 shelters are some of the main attractions. A $5 shuttle bus runs to Harriman from the Tuxedo Metro-North station on weekends.
Number Four: Dorney Park, Pennsylvania
Those looking for a family getaway should consider heading to Allentown, in Pennsylvania—home to the Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom amusement park. This two-in-one resort will please everyone in the family. Eight roller coasters and some 15 water slides will keep you cool and entertained all weekend long. Make sure to visit during the summer!
Number Three: The Poconos, Pennsylvania
The many colors of the Poconos during spring and fall are well deserving of a visit. The natural scenic beauty of the mountains and the luxurious resorts scattered around the area make Poconos a perfect, romantic destination for families, friends and lovers. Those looking for peace and silence might get some rest at a spa, while adventurers can opt for kayaking, canoeing, rafting and zip-lining instead.
Number Two: Cape May, New Jersey
Located at the southernmost tip of New Jersey, washed by the Atlantic Ocean, sits this charming little Victorian village; a popular holiday destination among residents of the East Coast. Its historic lighthouse, beautiful seaside promenade and New England homes make it a top choice for the refined tourist looking for relaxation and general peace of mind.
Number One: Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia
Shared by the states of Virginia and North Carolina, Blue Ridge Parkway is a 469-mile highway running through the Appalachian’s Blue Ridge. Some of the highlights of the route include a historic mill, several climbing cliffs and hiking trails, campsite and picnic areas and an 800-foot waterfall. The film Cold Mountain takes place in the ridge. Thanks for reading!