Catch A Break from the Concrete Jungle with the Best Weekend Getaways from NYC

  1. By Kevin
  2. On Jun 2, 2017
  3. North America
  4. Travel Tips

Despite all the fantastic things to do in NYC, sometimes you can’t help getting restless luckily, it’s easy to find equally awesome weekend getaways from NYC. Whether you’re a seasoned outdoor adventurer or the kick-back-and-relax type, we’ve got you covered with everything from historical tours to mountain hikes and luxury resorts. So crank up our summer songs or road trip songs and hit the road for the best weekend getaways from NYC.

Best Weekend Getaways from NYC

Bear Mountain, NY
1hr 15 mins from NYC

In the time it would take to make it across town during rush hour, adventurers can get to Bear Mountain for an easy escape from city madness.

Do this: The state park, situated in the mountains rising from the west bank of the Hudson River, which offers a bevy of hiking and biking trails, as well as picnic groves, lake and river fishing access, a swimming pool and a zoo.

Asbury Park, NJ
1hr 30mins from NYC

The summertime gay community in this shore town has actually been active since the 1950s—and over the past few years, the scene’s really heated up.

Eat here: MOGO Korean Fusion Tacos, a favorite among both visitors and locals. Various locations.

Best Weekend Getaways from NYC

Beacon, NY
1hr 30mins from NYC

Beacon is steeped in history (Beacon Mountain, the tallest point of the Hudson Highlands, played a significant role in the American Revolution), but besides its storied past, it’s also packed with modern-day culture. The city has an arty, indie spirit that attracts…arty, indie people.

Do this: A former Nabisco box-printing facility on the banks of the Hudson, Dia:Beacon holds collections from the 1960s to the present. Exhibitions meld with works on long-term view from artists including Louise Bourgeois, Donald Judd and Dan Flavin. Take a guided tour (free with admission) every Saturday at 1pm to get the best overview. 3 Beekman St. $15, students and seniors $12, Dia members and children free.