For little escapes beyond the Big Apple, look no further than these five excursions that break free from the city that never sleeps.
With the southern side of the park a short drive north of the New York State Thruway (Interstate 90), you can go from shopping in the city to hiking past sugar maple in the Adirondacks within the hour.
There’s a breath-taking amount to explore across the six-million-acre wilderness – and a number of ways to do so: by plane, boat tour or hot air balloon ride. If you go in the autumn you can also take advantage of the myriad seasonal events – from Oktoberfests to cream cheese festivals.
Located at the junction of Interstates 91 and 95, New Haven offers everything from designer shopping to hiking trails to sandy beaches. For the latter, why not pack a picnic and spend your day at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison?
If you’re more of a culture vulture, you’re also in luck since New Haven, described as an ‘architect’s hidden mecca’, is suffused in the arts. The British Art Center and Yale University Art Gallery are both world-renowned for their collections.
1 hour and 30 minutes
Situated in the Catskills, Woodstock is a charming town steeped in history and folklore. A haven for the alternative arts community, it even has an Artists’ Cemetery reserved for artists and luminaries.
Whilst Woodstock gave its name to the famous festival, what is considered the high point of the counterculture movement of the 1960s actually took place over 40 miles away in Bethel.
It’s a well-known fact that there’s plenty of entertainment and excitement to be found along the famous four-mile-long seaside promenade in Atlantic City.
If you want to do something different from the hordes, why not make your way to the top of the Absecon Lighthouse, the third tallest in the U.S., for a stunning view of the Atlantic City skyline or sample local delicacy saltwater taffy while taking a tour of the James’ Candy factory. To pick up some bargains, head inland to the city’s outlet stores to take advantage of no sales tax on clothing in New Jersey.
2 hours and 10 minutes
Photo by Suandsoe via Wikipedia.
MONTAUK POINT LIGHTHOUSE
The oldest lighthouse in New York State, authorised by the Second Congress, under President George Washington, Montauk Point burned whale oil when it was first lit in 1797.
Still serving as an active aid to navigation, guided tours are now offered around the historic lighthouse, which was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2012. Climb its 137 steps for spectacular views of land and ocean, and visit the adjacent museum for displays about whaling and Montauk Native Americans.
2 hours and 40 minutes