Living in New York City can be amazing: the city is full of cultural opportunities, exciting people, high-paid jobs, public transportation that runs all night, and Seamless will deliver you anything your local greasy spoon can cook up, even at 4 in the morning. However, whether you’re living in a luxury condo or a walk-up, sometimes the confines of the city limits can feel smaller than you’d like, leaving you eager for a change of scenery. The good news? When you’re looking to take a break from the concrete jungle, you don’t have to go far to get some much-needed R and R. In fact, there are countless towns within driving distance of NYC that feel a world away—and are perfect for a weekend trip. If you’re in the mood to see the world beyond the five boroughs, head to one of these nearby towns for the weekend:
Beacon, NY: If you love the artsy feel of NYC, but could do without the hustle and bustle of the city, Beacon is a great change of pace. Just 60 miles north of Manhattan in New York’s Hudson Valley, this adorable mountain town is a haven for artists—and a major draw for former city-dwellers in recent years, as well. Full of galleries, top-tier restaurants from chefs trained at the nearby Culinary Institute of America, stunning Victorian homes, luxury lofts, great shopping, fun bars, and boutique hotels, this quaint town’s myriad charms might just have you eager to extend your stay.
New Hope, PA: Want to take a trip outside the city this weekend without shelling out for plane tickets? Then set your sights on New Hope, Pennsylvania. This charming town in eastern Pennsylvania is home to tons of antiques stores, curiosity shops, and charming bed-and-breakfasts. If you’re looking to catch the town at its best, swing by in December or early summer, when you can catch either the town’s Christmas or Pride parades.
Haddonfield, NJ: It’s just an hour and a half away from NYC by car, but Haddonfield, New Jersey feels a world away from the fast pace of city life. This Camden County town’s tree-lined streets are home to cute boutiques, intimate eateries, and stunning architecture, making this walkable town a must-visit when you need a break from the city.
Kingston, NY: New York State’s first capital, Kingston is a history-lover’s dream trip. Just about 90 minutes up the Hudson from Manhattan, this Hudson Valley city is undergoing a major resurgence, with venues like the BSP Kingston hosting popular bands, the city recently getting its own soccer team, Kingston Stockade FC, and tons of great restaurants and bars cropping up throughout the city. And for those visiting for the city’s history, you can check out the Senate House historical site, the Old Dutch Church, and the Rondout Lighthouse, just to name a few.
Woodstock, NY: While it’s not the actual site of the famed concert named for it, Woodstock is still well worth the trip for those who need a break from the city. While the streets of this charming town are lined with yoga studios, boutiques, high-end restaurants, and galleries, the town has retained its natural beauty, with Overlook Mountain and the Ashokan Reservoir nearby for lovers of the great outdoors. And for those who do want to check out a piece of music history on their trip, the legendary Big Pink house, where Bob Dylan and The Band recorded, is just minutes away in nearby Saugerties.
Whether you need a break from the grind at your office or just want a change of pace, there are countless towns just a short trip from New York City that are well worth exploring—just grab your weekend bag and get going!