Best Places for New Yorkers to Travel
As New Yorkers, we couldn’t possibly imagine living anywhere else. I mean, why would anyone ever want to live anywhere you can’t get a pizza delivered at 4am? But sometimes it’s nice to take a break from the city, stretch your eyes, and maybe finally put those hiking boots gathering dust in your storage unit to use. Luckily, there’s plenty of beautiful beaches and parks just a train ride away so you don’t have to spend another weekend sipping cheap beers on your buddy’s industrial rooftop.
Book a quaint Bed and Breakfast and feel completely transported to small town bliss despite only being a couple hours out of the city. Hike the mountain trails, swim in reservoirs, and if you’re feeling particularly one with nature, camp in in the parks! In the summertime, you can zipline down Hunter Mountain, the longest and highest zipline canopy tour in North America.
Taconic State Park
One of the more popular places to camp in New York, these campgrounds offer cabin rentals, life guards, and paved trails so you can go camping without, you know, camping. Still, you get plenty of hiking in the mountains, swimming in the lakes, and grilling out under the stars to make you feel like you braved the wilderness despite being sprawled out starfish style in your queen size bed in your cozy cabin.
Sea Girt, NJ
If long walks on the beach and the sand between your toes is more your getaway style, this charming small town will not disappoint. It can be hard to find parking at the beaches, however, so it’s a good idea to carpool. With beautiful stretches of beach, a quaint local restaurant and bar scene, and a reputation for being quiet, you might almost start to understand why people choose to not live in NYC. Almost.
Ah, yes. You knew it was coming. We all know someone who has a summer home or family here and if you know that someone well enough to crash at their place, take full advantage. Famous for it’s beautiful beaches, stunning mansions, and happening nightlife, you’ll be living the good life alongside New York’s elite.
While technically still part of the Hamptons, you’ll get a completely different experience here. If you’re looking for the beauty and luxury of the Hamptons but with more nature and less hubbub, Montauk is a more peaceful alternative. Explore the gorgeous scenery on a bike, or even a horse without having to sacrifice Sunday brunch.
If you’re up for a bit longer of a trek (about a 3 hour drive from NYC), head to the lovely and quaint Berkshires in Massachusetts. With stunning mountain views and plenty of outdoor activities, the Berkshires also offer a rich cultural scene. This town’s art, theatre, and music are enough to lure even the grungiest hipster out of his/her Brooklyn studio apartment.
So now that it’s summer, stop putting off that weekend trip you and your friends have been talking about doing forever and dig out your swimsuit. Remind yourself that there is indeed a whole world outside of good old New York, New York.
By Andrea Schumann