As culturally vibrant and exciting as New York City is, with 62 million tourists visiting in 2017 alone, it's no wonder why many locals decide to leave the concrete jungle behind and instead head to the forested mountains of Upstate New York and beyond for their summer vacation. So, without further ado, here are our top 7 summer getaways from New York City!
1. The Adirondacks
The Adirondacks region is an epic landscape that features lakes, waterfalls, rugged mountains, and idyllic wilderness where guests can disconnect from city life while surrounded by sublime natural beauty. The area is an outdoor enthusiast's dream, with spectacular hiking and biking trails, as well as superb kayaking, swimming, and fishing opportunities. Meanwhile, those just looking for a quiet escape will no doubt find that rejuvenating sense of freedom.
2. The Catskills
Sprawling out across southeastern New York, the Catskill Mountains make for a stunning vacation away from the hustle and bustle of New York City, regardless of the season. In the warmer months, the Catskills provide the perfect setting for a variety of water sports, in addition to hiking, biking, zip-lining, and wildlife watching. When the Catskills are blanketed in snow, the slopes at Hunter Mountain, Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, and Windham Mountain Resort offer an array of trails for all levels of experience and ability.
3. The Hamptons
Based on the East End of Long Island, the Hamptons are a collection of seaside villages and hamlets that are perfect for those guests looking to unwind on the coast and enjoy the ocean breeze. There are an array of trendy cocktail bars, stylish restaurants, and boutique shops that make up the East End's beachfront, while Cooper's Beach in Southampton and Main Beach in East Hampton are ideal spots for sunbathing, swimming, and family fun!
4. Finger Lakes
Made up of 11 long, thin glacial lakes in northeastern New York, the Finger Lakes Region is a stunning year-round destination that is home to more than just the name suggests. Visitors come from all over to explore the breathtaking gorges and cascading waterfalls, while in winter, the world-class ski resorts offer downhill skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing. What’s more, visitors can discover the exquisite wineries throughout the region’s Wine Country that are renowned for their high-quality vintages and prestigious tours.
5.. Hudson Valley
The Hudson Valley extends 150 miles north of Manhattan along the Hudson River, from Westchester to Albany, and is an area rich in history, culture, and natural beauty. Renowned for its vineyards and farms, the Hudson Valley is the oldest wine-producing region in the United States and is a foodie's dream with an array of farm-to-table options throughout. Guests can take in the sights of Albany and Saratoga Springs or follow the trails through the impressive Adirondack Mountains.
6. The Poconos
An iconic region characterized by its mountains, valleys, waterfalls, lakes, and rivers, the Poconos is a family-friendly destination full of adventure, as well as an area with a rich history and deep cultural significance. From zip-lining to ice golf, there's something for every glamper.
7. Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park is a 47,000-acre recreation area located in Maine to the southwest of Bar Harbor. Its landscape is comprised of the rocky Atlantic coastline, dense forest, and sandy beaches, while the peaks of Cadillac Mountain and Sargent Mountain offer rewarding hiking trails with sensational panoramic views of the park and beyond. Although a little further away from New York, the abundance of precious wildlife and fascinating geological features makes it worth the trip.