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7 Quick Trips Outside of NYC

When you’re surrounded by constant chaos and noise, it’s refreshing to hike, relax, and take in the fresh air. As summer arrives and the sunshine emerges, New Yorkers love to escape the city for a bit and make the most of tanning season. Here are some popular summer destinations close enough to the city for a weekend getaway, but far enough away to feel like you’ve escaped for a bit.

Watch Hill, Rhode Island (150 miles)

There’s a reason that Taylor Swift bought property in this quaint village, which is tucked away on the shore of Block Island Sound. Dip your toes into the Atlantic Ocean, relax in the sunshine, and treat yourself to Del’s frozen lemonade. A little less crowded than nearby Newport, Watch Hill has two remaining hotels – The Ocean House and the Watch Hill Inn – and boasts a range of activities such as swimming, rowing, ocean sailing, fishing, hiking, fine restaurants, and local shopping.

Learn more about visiting Watch Hill.

Atlantic City, New Jersey (130 miles)

A resort destination most famous for being the inspiration for Monopoly’s street names, Atlantic City has a rotating lineup of (often free) events and festivals. Though the city is known for its casinos, they also host the Atlantic City Air Show, The Atlantic City Historical Museum (for those who want to peep an inside look at the modern memetics movement), and various performing arts shows. From relaxing spa treatments to walking on the boardwalk, there’s an activity for everybody to enjoy. There are also plenty of family- and budget-friendly options, such as surf lessons and bike lessons.

Learn more about visiting Atlantic City.

Row boat on lake in the Poconos

The Poconos (115 miles)

The Poconos is an outdoor playground perfect for getting back to nature through hiking, biking, fishing, and canoeing. There are miles of trails and trees at every turn, and plenty of fresh oxygen to help you escape the city, recharge, and roam free. If you’re more into having a structured schedule, they offer guided tours along the river or adventure courses. There are lots of adorable shops and excellent B&Bs too.

Learn more about visiting the Poconos.

The Berkshires (135 miles)

There are tons of cultural attractions as well as places to enjoy outdoor activities such as horseback riding, whitewater rafting, camping, etc. Less than three hours away from NYC, the mountains offer plenty of adventure, culture, and delicious dining options. There are numerous trails, including part of the Appalachian Trial, the Berkshire Botanical Garden, and Kent Falls. For those who are seeking a unique experience, the Berkshires also houses the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Clark Art Institute, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and more.

Learn more about visiting the Berkshires.

Montauk Beach

Montauk (120 miles)

Located at the tip of Long Island, this beach resort has beautiful hiking trails, mountain biking paths, and hidden ponds for kayaking - all beneath a sprawling blue skyline. They have dog-friendly parks and several guided tours offered year-round, and there’s also a stunning lighthouse museum, two horseback riding stables, 70-foot high bluffs, and the largest fishing fleet in New York. If you're feeling antsy, you can also hop on a ferry to Block Island or visit a vineyard during the summer season.

Learn more about visiting Montauk

What are you waiting for? Grab your swimsuit, hiking boots, and sunscreen and head to these nearby destinations.

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