Take a Drive to One of New York’s Finest Small Towns

Just because you fly into LaGuardia or JFK Airport doesn’t mean you have to spend your entire New York vacation in the city—in fact, after a few days amidst the chaos, you might be ready for a little escape. Luckily there is an abundance of charming small towns located just a few hours outside NYC and easy to get to in your Manhattan luxury car rental. While all of them have their appeal, we happen to think these 10 are especially charming.

But first things first: find the best Manhattan luxury car rental for your trip. If you’ll be driving any great distance or exploring our state, make sure your rental car gets good gas mileage. Look up New York car rental specials to make sure you’re getting the best deal.

Once you’re behind the wheel of your temporary vehicle, pay one of these lovely small towns a visit:

Cold Spring

Come to this town ready to fall in love with it. Not only do the residents have the reputation of being extremely nice, but there are plenty of options for eating, shopping and checking out views of the Hudson River. The 53 mile drive from Manhattan to Cold Spring is worth making.

coldspring New York City


Cooperstown is best known for having the National Baseball Hall of Fame, which makes the 195 mile drive from New York City worth it for any baseball fan. But the art museums, distillery and quiet main streets make it especially charming.

Cooperstown New York City


Need to smell some salty air on your next New York vacation? Drive about two hours up Long Island until you hit Greenport. Their wineries are beautiful, their restaurants serve fish fresh from the Peconic Bay and their downtown area is adorable. Greenport also has plenty of old-fashioned inns and Bed and Breakfasts to choose from, adding to its charm.

Greenport New York City


Located on Lake Erie about 150 miles north of Manhattan, Westfield’s motto is “Life simplified.” And it’s hard not to feel relaxed walking through their quiet downtown streets…but if you need a little help relaxing, just head to one of their wineries. If you have to drive your rental car and can’t indulge in any wine, have some Concord grape juice…Westfield is a large producer of it.

Westfield New York City


Skaneateles is a four hour drive from New York City, so plan accordingly if you decide to make the journey. If gorgeous lake views, shops, galleries and a picturesque downtown are things you’d enjoy, you’ll love Skaneateles.

Skaneateles New York City


There’s something for everyone in Canandaigua, which is a 320 mile drive from the Big Apple—boating at Canandaigua Lake, relaxing at Kershaw Beach, the festivals that never seem to end. But what makes this town so charming is the beautiful Sonnenberg Mansion and Gardens, a Victorian mansion that rests on 50 acres of gardens.

Canandaigua New York City


Budget Traveler named Cazenovia one of the “coolest small towns in America,” and it’s not hard to see why. Between the architecture and the friendly, welcoming people, paying this town a visit feels like stepping back in time. Plus, despite being small, Cazenovia has plenty of good places to eat.

Cazenovia New York City


Aurora is a 150 mile drive in your Manhattan luxury car rental. As such, it’s the Big Apple’s complete opposite in many ways. Less than 1,000 people call Aurora home, so it’s where you should go if you need to get away from it all. Aurora sits right on the shores of Cayuga Lake, so you can enjoy plenty of peaceful views.

Aurora New York City

Saratoga Springs

The name of this town alone is pretty charming. Saratoga Springs is 180 miles north of Manhattan, and the sign that welcomes you to town says “Health, History, Horses.” The relaxing and healing properties of the mineral springs have earned it the nickname “The Spa City.” Take a soak in the mineral bath or watch horse races at the Saratoga Race Course.

Saratoga Springs New York City


Located just 25 miles from Manhattan, Tarrytown sits on the eastern shores of the Hudson River. Do yourself a favor and drive through it in the fall—the foliage is something to be seen. Tarrytown borders the legendary Sleepy Hollow, made famous by Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” You most likely will not see any headless horsemen, but you will find the Tarrytown Music Hall and Pierson Park.

Manhattan, Tarrytown New York City


Reserve your Manhattan luxury car rental from Action for an escape from the city this weekend.