If you’re planning a trip to NYC (or you live there) and you want to get away for a few days, here are five of my favorite road trip destinations that are less than three hours away.
1. Lower Hudson Valley, New York – Take a short road trip (or ride the train) from NYC to explore the small towns along the Hudson River. In Sleepy Hollow you can hunt for the legendary Headless Horseman in the local cemetery, where Washington Irving is buried, or visit the Rockefeller Estate. Have brunch and shop at unique boutiques in the cozy town of Nyack. Take a walk through historic Tarrytown and catch a show at the landmark Tarrytown Music Hall. Go for a hike in Bear Mountain State Park or take a tour of nearby West Point Military Academy. There are plenty of things to do in the Hudson Valley area, but don’t forget to stop and take in the view of the Hudson River and NYC skyline from afar. Click here to read all my posts about the Hudson Valley.
2. New Haven, Connecticut – To me New Haven was always just a random place between Boston and New York, but there’s more to this city than a rest stop and a train station. Take a tour of the picturesque Yale campus or visit a local art gallery before chowing down on some of New Haven’s world famous Neapolitan pizza. The most well-known spot is Frank Pepe, but another nearby pizzeria, Modern Apizza, is just as good. You’ll probably have to wait for both during popular hours, but trust me – these pizzas are worth the road trip. If you’re here in the fall, make sure you take a trip to nearby Lyman Orchards for some apple picking or visit a local vineyard and winery. Click here to read my review of Frank Pepe Pizzeria.
3. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – American history buffs will obviously love a road trip to Philly, home to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. If you don’t get squeamish, brave a trip to the Mutter Museum, a collection of anatomical oddities, specimens and medical equipment. Or tour the Eastern State Penitentiary, a 19th century prison that is now a museum. Bring your camera: you’ll want to capture the prison’s gothic architecture and cathedral-like cells. Click here to read my post on where to stay + dine in Philadelphia on a budget.
4. Bucks County, Pennsylvania – My first impression as I drove to the farm I would be staying at in Bucks County: I’m in the middle of nowhere. But soon I’d discover there were endless things to do in the region: wander through the quaint town of Doylestown, hop from winery to winery, and best of all, dine on all the local farm-fresh, organic food. This road trip was one of my favorites! Click here to read my post on 10 things to do in Bucks County.
5. Newport, Rhode Island – Newport is one of my absolute favorite destinations in the summer. The best way to get there from NYC is driving, but you can also take the Amtrak train to nearby Kingston and catch a public bus. Dine on the cobblestone streets of the waterfront, take in all the sailboats, do the Cliff Walk and tour the Newport Mansions, but don’t count out Newport’s less touristy offerings either. My favorite spot is Perro Salado, a gourmet Mexican restaurant set in a colonial home. You’ll be dining in what was once someone’s bedroom or living room, but it’s not creepy – it’s rustic, charming and the food is great. Catch the sunset over a pricey cocktail at Forty 1 North, a chic upscale boutique hotel right on the water. And off the beaten path is Keenwah, a health food eatery where you can get fresh pressed juices, organic salads, sandwiches and more. Click here to read my latest post about Newport.
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