Car Trip Ideas: 6 Amazing Weekend Getaways from NYC

It’s a well-known fact that being tired of New York means getting tired of life. This city never sleeps, never gets bored, and never monotonous at all. Every day hundreds, if not thousands of the most incredible events take place there. However, sometimes you need to pick up a rental car and leave the huge metropolis for at least a day to love it even more.

Go on an exciting journey to any of the 6 locations we’ve selected for you. They are located within 1-2 hours’ drive from the city – you can plan a car rental trip for the next month, or you can hit the road right now.


Time Nyack Hotel


Relax by the pool at the top of the Time Nyack, away from the city’s cramped rooftops and crowded swimming spots. The 133-room hotel will breathe new life into your predictable weekend, as it did with a former factory.

Now the hotel offers stylish lofts, Hudson River views, BV’s Grill, and numerous service packages including wine-tasting tours. While in Nyack, visit Edward Hopper’s home, take a walk in Hook Mountain, and sample the maple syrup with bacon donut at the Gypsy Donut.

Distance from New York: 31 miles, 30-minute drive by car


Long Island


Instead of spending another summer in the Hamptons, head to one of the last unspoiled cities in Long Island. Book your romantic getaway at the brand new Stony Brookside Bed & Bike Inn, offering complimentary deluxe breakfast, bicycles, and stunning country-style rooms.

Hosts Alice and Marty offer 2-wheel tours to Stony Brook, as well as transfers to Greenport and Shelter Island for cyclists looking for a guide in North Fork.

Distance from New York: 56 miles, 1-hour drive by car


Orange County Distillery at Brown Barn Farms


Located halfway between New York and the state capital Albany, it attracts a large number of travelers. You can get there by car not only from New York – another way is to pick up Budget rental in Albany NY if returning to the Big Apple is not among your future plans.

What does this place offer? While every New Yorker desires a drink from a bar in a tiny city courtyard, you will sip on a cocktail at the state’s finest distillery, where you can listen to live music on weekends and visit the agricultural market.

Founders John Glebocki and Bryan Ensall have transformed a dilapidated 100-year-old tractor shed into an inspiring outdoor space producing excellent Bourbon along with rye and honey whiskeys.

Distance from New York: 66 miles, 1-hour drive by car.


Logan Hotel


You can enjoy an amazing weekend in Philadelphia at the newly opened Logan Hotel. After visiting the nearby cultural sites of the Rodin Museum, the Barnes Foundation and the Philadelphia Museum of Art set off to Urban Farmer diner and rooftop Assembly Lounge for an evening meal.

Other local worthwhile spots include the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Franklin Institute – all are located five minutes’ walk from the hotel.

Distance from New York: 100 miles, 1-hour and 45-minute drive by car


Grain Surfboards experience


Grab your rental car and head to Amagansett. Here you will finally enjoy surfing by breaking the waves on a board that you made with your own hands. Of course, you will spend more time on the beach after that.

Grain Surfboards provides regular workshops, where anyone can make a board from environmentally friendly cedar wood with their own hands. In addition to a beautiful board to take home, the three days of master-classes include homemade breakfast, lunch, and secrets from the best local surfers.

Distance from New York: 106 miles, 2-hour drive by car


Blue Jay Tipi Hotel


Few five-star hotels on the planet can compete with this holiday destination. It’s located in the state of Delaware and is easily accessible by rental car from NYC. Blue Jay Tipi, which opened last year on five acres of pure wild area, nestles in a valley surrounded by wide fields and rolling hills.

Imagine lying in a hot tub fired by cedarwood, overlooking the wilderness and the starry sky. Have you dreamed of such a vacation? By booking a place at the hotel, you also get a double bed, hammock, drinking water, and candles. Make your summer hotel reservations now, and don’t forget to stop by Brushland Eating House, one of the 13 best restaurants outside of New York. It’s worth going even just for its sake.

Distance from New York: 147 miles, 2-hour drive by car

Written by Lily Berns

Lily Berns is an experienced traveler and writer willing to share her rich travel experience.

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