There’s just something about summer road trips that make them so special. And in New York especially, June, July and August are wonderful months. Get in your car and drive away for a little adventure. If you’re planning on visiting the city this summer, or if you live in New York City and need to get away, search for New York car rental specials and find your perfect road trip match.
Speaking of driving… it’s not cheap to fill your gas tank, especially during summertime. Luckily you can explore quite a few destinations using only one tank. The average car can go from about 300 miles on one tank of gas, and all of these road trips are shorter than that.
Whether you call Manhattan home or you’ll visiting New York from out of state and you’d like to explore. Renting a vehicle will give you better freedom to go at your own pace. If you have a large group, you can look up van rental New York deals. The best way so that everyone can travel together. Otherwise, a New York luxury car rental might be nice so you can ride around in style.
Once you’ve settled on your vehicle of choice, all you have to do is pick a destination and fill your tank. And unless you continue your journey, you’ll only have to fill that gas tank once.
Here are five places close to New York City you can visit:
Philly is about 100 miles from New York, so you can get there and back safely and still have some fuel left for cruising around the city. You can also park your car and use public transportation while you’re there if you want to save gas. Aside from eating a classic Philly cheesesteak, you’ll want to see the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall (where the Constitution was signed) and Benjamin Franklin Parkway. If you’re traveling with children, don’t miss out on seeing Franklin Square. It’s a beautiful public park with a great playground, a carousel and miniature golf course. Another great family-friendly option is the Please Touch Museum, a hands on experience everyone can enjoy. Since New York to Philly is a two hour drive (even with traffic), you can go there and back in one day.
Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Las Vegas is an incredible city, but it doesn’t have Atlantic City’s boardwalk or laid back vibe. It’s also not a 130 mile, two hour drive like it is from Manhattan. Whether you’re going on an adults-only or a family-friendly trip, you’ll find plenty of exciting things to see and do. Stroll the boardwalks and the beaches, try your luck at one of the many casinos or spend some downtime relaxing in a spa, like the Red Door Spa at Harrah’s or the Immersion Spa at the Water Club. If you get the chance, enjoy a meal at Buddaken, one of the city’s top rated Pan-Asian restaurants located inside Caesar’s Palace. The Cape May Whale Watcher is the largest whale and dolphin watcher in New Jersey, so if you hit the town during the right season, you can get a glimpse of some majestic creatures.
Cold Spring, New York.
Located on the banks of the Hudson River, Cold Spring is just 55 miles from the heart of Manhattan. This is the perfect place to go if you need a relaxing break from the bustling city. Enjoy spectacular scenery from the gorgeous gazebo, stroll the waterfront and explore the Hudson Highlands State Park. This is another destination where you can park your rental car when you arrive if you’d like. The trolley will take you around the village for mere pocket change.
Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York.
While you can easily make this 90 mile trip from the city in a day, we recommend making an overnight trip out of it to fully enjoy all the Victorian castle has to offer. This gorgeous haven offers horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, carriage rides, fine dining and an award-winning spa. You might try to make a day of it, but you’ll probably decide to stay in one of the beautiful rooms or suites.
Fire Island, New York.
Though Fire Island is a mere 62 miles from New York City, you’ll want to allow yourself two and a half hours for the drive due to traffic and tolls. But once you’re there, you’ll love being surrounded by a stretch of coastline that feels like you’re a lot further away from the city. Spend your day beach combing, hiking or looking for wildlife along the shoreline. If you have time, head to Great South Bay and go on a guided tour or go canoeing.
Enjoy your summer travels!