What are your travel resolutions for 2016? With over 50 million people visiting New York City annually, it’s safe to say that the Empire City will be on many travel to-do lists this year. There’s a lot to love about New York that tourists are aware of: Broadway shows, skyscrapers, Rockefeller Center, fine dining and all the rich history the big city offers. But there are also plenty of cities and towns that seem to be missing from most Top 10 lists. Why not see some of them in your New York luxury car rental?
New York is much more than Manhattan. If you’ll be traveling to New York in the coming year, make sure to take some time to explore one of the many nearby points of interest. Here are 10 of our favorite nearby destinations we recommend checking out in 2016:
Often called the “un-Hamptons,” this subdued family-friendly island offers the same pristine beaches and delicious seafood without the crowds of the Hamptons. Take a two hour drive in your New York luxury car rental, enjoy a short ferry ride, and relax at the beach. Don’t miss the Mashomack Preserve or the historic Sylvestor Manor.
This highly underrated getaway is located in Northville, about an 82 mile drive from Manhattan. If you enjoy wine tasting, you’ll love what North Fork has to offer. Get a group together, designate a driver (look up ‘New York luxury car rental’ for this trip) and sip and swirl your way to relaxation. If you spot the North Fork Food Truck, treat yourself to a good, quick meal.
The Catskill Mountains
If you’re looking for an affordable escape from the city, the Catskills offer a number of reasonably priced hotels and stunning scenery. Brio’s Pizzeria was voted one of the best pizza restaurants outside of New York City. Plus, you’ll be at the scene of the 80s cult classic “Dirty Dancing.”
It’s a 260 mile drive from Manhattan to this romantic spot. As such, you may want to research New York luxury car rental specials before you head off. Here you’ll find wineries, breweries, outdoor adventures and waterfalls. Many of the hotels offer romance packages, so bring your significant other along and enjoy a slower pace.
It may be only an hour away from the Big Apple, but Bear Mountain is a completely different scene. If you need some fresh air after spending time in the city, this is the perfect escape. Hike through Bear Mountain State Park or enjoy a picnic at Lake Tiorati Beach before returning to the city’s chaos.
Make the four hour drive to the fourth largest city in the State of New York for e a whole new set of adventures. This mid-sized city boasts Onondaga Lake Park, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, and the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. If you go during baseball season, make sure to check out a Syracuse Chiefs Game.
This cool college town is nothing short of gorgeous with its abundant waterfalls and scenic gorges. While the natural beauty is something you won’t want to miss, you’ll be pleased to find a healthy nightlife here as well (thanks to the large amount of college students, no doubt). Ithaca is a four hour drive from New York City, so expect to spend a few days there.
The “great city on a great lake” lies on the border between the US and Canada (separated by Lake Ontario). This quiet, relaxing destination has some of the most beautiful sunsets you’ll ever see.
This is the place to go for history buffs. With ties to the Revolutionary War and the birthplace of the author of the Pledge of Allegiance, the four hour drive from the city will be worth it for anyone well-versed in America’s past. Don’t miss the Fort Stanwix National Monument or a sunset at Delta Lake State Park.
Home of the notorious Woodstock Festival (which was actually held about 60 miles away at a fairy farm), Woodstock lies about 100 miles North of Manhattan. There’s something for everyone here: Overlook Mountain for hikers and campers, Cooper Lake for boating and Mower’s Flea Market for the shoppers. The Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Tibetan Buddhist Monastery offers free guided tours. Similarly, the area is a mecca for artists, writers, and performers of all kinds.
As you may have noticed, driving is the easiest way to get to most of these destinations. Reserve a New York luxury car rental from Action to complete the trip!