Some say you need more than a lifetime to experience all that New York has to offer. But sometimes, especially if you live there, you might occasionally get fed up with the hectic pace of life in the Big Apple and feel a sudden urge to escape, even if just for an afternoon or so. Luckily, there’s nothing easier to do! Just jump in your car, or rent one if needed (search with holiday autos), and in only a couple of hours you can reach amazing destinations which will definitely help you recharge your batteries.
Long Island is one of the closest and easiest to reach attractions, located 0.35 miles from the New York Harbour and extending into the Atlantic Ocean. If you are tired of the Big Apple’s concrete jungle and want to get in touch with nature, take a stroll on Cooper’s Beach, with its seven miles of fantastic white sand, or through the seemingly endless lavender fields in the Lavender by the Bay, a picturesque area resembling parts of the French countryside. And if you are a bookworm, do not miss the Sands Point Reserve, the spot which inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald in writing The Great Gatsby (and is nowadays filled with meditation retreats and yoga classes), or the West Hills, where you can find poet Walt Whitman’s birthplace.
If you have a little more time to drive, in about two and a half hours going north of Manhattan towards Albany, you can reach the Hudson Valley, designated a National Heritage Area, another place to connect with nature, through its thousands of miles of hiking trails, fishing streams, lakes, rivers, and ski slopes. But that’s just one part of what this area has to offer. This place is also famous for its numerous vineyards and its growing microbrewery, food and farmer’s market scenes, so don’t hesitate to grab a delicious meal and taste some of the famous local wines or beers!
Just a bit north of the Hudson Valley, you can reach the Berkshires, and experience its large variety of hiking trails (including the world-famous Appalachian Trail), enormous tracts of wilderness, and huge parks like Kent Falls (containing some of the most breathtaking waterfalls). This place is also famous for its thriving cultural scene, so if you are not in much mood for outdoor activities, you have a great variety of museums to choose from, including the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, the Norman Rockwell Museum or the Clark Art Institute.
A trip in the vicinity of New York would not be complete without visiting Rhode Island, also called ‘the Ocean State,’ a gorgeous area located about three hours northeast of New York, famous for its stunning beaches where you can see various rare species of migratory birds and other wildlife, as well as its delicious local cuisine, innovative art scene, trendy shopping and thriving nightlife. The Narragansett Bay, designated by National Geographic as one of the top twelve adventure destinations in the world, is attracting tens of thousands of visitors each year. So don’t miss your change to experience some beauty and adventure too!