Best road trips New York (state)

By Dejan B.. Published on September 1, 2021

We all need to take a break from our 9 to 5 lives once in a while. If you are based somewhere in the New York State and want to have an adventure over the weekends, here is a short list of cool nearby places to visit.

Lake Placid

If you wish to get away from all the hustle and bustle of a big city, head out to Lake Placid to escape the urban life and find some peace and quiet. The town is located next to the 122-acre Mirror Lake and offers amazing views of the surrounding mountains. Thanks to the high altitudes, the climate is mild which means that it doesn't get super-hot in summer.

Mirror Lake in Lake Placid Village, New York


Surfing, delicious seafood, and gorgeous beaches is probably the best way to describe Newport. Check out the famous Cliff Walk, eat a lobster or two, and go to Easton Beach to chill in the sun or to ride a wave. Don't forget to visit the historic sites in the city such as the Elms and Rough Point. To beat large crowds of tourists and still get a sun tan, visit Newport in September.

Newport Beach

Cape Cod

Cape Cod is a popular summertime destination full of beaches, villages, lighthouses, and seafood restaurants. Travelers who like to fish will be glad to hear that waters at Cape Cod are home to the fluke, Bluefin tuna, and striped bass. Make sure to spend an afternoon in Provincetown, a paradise for art lovers and those who love watching whales. In the evening, you can head out to one of the many restaurants in the area. Del Mar is famous for its seafood specialties, while Keltic Kitchen focuses on American cuisine.

Cape Cod Provincetown


Visit one of the most romantic small towns in NY State and explore its cobblestone streets which are full of small cafes where you can unwind with a drink. Check out the Old Town in Alexandria and shop in one of the non-franchise stores. Drink wine at Dark Island Spirits Distillery & Winery and go on a tour of the Cornwall Brothers Store & Museum.

Boldt Castle, Yacht House and Millionaires Row - Alexandria Bay NY


Located between Narragansett Bay and Pettaquamscutt River, Narragansett features three beaches including Narragansett Town Beach, Scarborough State Beach, and Roger Wheeler State Beach. For amazing views of the surrounding area make sure to stop by the Point Judith Lighthouse. After a day on the beach, you can head out to the number one burger joint in Narragansett, Crazy Burger Cafe & Juice Bar. Travelers who want to try delicious seafood snacks and Mediterranean cuisine should definitely check out the Spain of Narragansett restaurant.

Lakefront- Rhode Island


Famous for its street art and historic museums, Philadelphia is a perfect destination for a weekend day trip. Those who love art will probably want to explore the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Barnes Foundation, while sports fans will have fun at the Citizens Bank Park. Take a long stroll through the Rittenhouse Square if you wish to get away from the crowded streets and visit the Philadelphia Zoo which is home to over 1,300 animals including polar bears, giraffes, African lions and many others. Philly is also well-known for its BBQ joints such as the Capital Grille and Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse.

Philadephia Museum of Art

Old Westbury Gardens

Built by George A. Crawley for John S. Phipps in 1906, Old Westbury Gardens was opened to the public in 1959. You will see the Westbury House that houses fine decorative arts and antiques which are all well-preserved. Keep in mind that tours of the gardens and the house are available only on weekends and it is recommended to arrive early to beat the crowds.

Old Westbury Gardens, Old Westbury, NY


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