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The Top 10 Road Trips from NYC

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New York City is one of the world’s most vibrant, thriving metropolises. On every block and corner around the Manhattan apartments for rent, you can find a seemingly endless number of options for dining, shopping, an excitement. Like living anywhere else, though, there comes a time when you just have to get away. That’s where the ever-popular road trip comes into play.

There’s nothing quite like a road trip to help you relax and revitalize your spirit. When it comes to destination around NYC, these seven are the absolute best. Here’s where and why.

1. Princeton, New Jersey

Located just 51 miles away from the city, Princeton makes for an excellent day-long excursion. The city earns its name from Princeton University, which lends a grand appearance to the area. You won’t find the hustle and bustle of New York’s bar scene here, but you will find plenty of green space.

Princeton U is open to the public, allowing visitors to stroll through its gothic-like walls and snap a few photos of the gorgeous scenery. You can spend hours here, especially if you plan on hunting down the unique carvings found around the building.

Make sure to grab a bite to eat at Olive’s Deli and Bakery while you’re here. The store also offers plenty of picnic supplies for a day in Marquand Park’s open space. Alternatively, you could head over you Princeton Community Park North for serene walking trails.

On the off chance that it rains, you could check out the University Arts Museum and its many works or the Morven Museum and Garden, which happens to be the home of a founding father. Either way, this simple day trip is sure to delight.

2. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philly is an interesting combination of modern-day city and historical monument. It played a key role in America’s fight for independence, lending a plethora of centuries old building to the cityscape alongside plenty of historic attractions.

Parks and free museums are in abundance here, much like New York City.

3. Southampton, Long Island

If you’re looking for a taste of America’s beach life, then Long Island’s Southampton has your fix. Voted one of the best beaches in the country, you’ll only have to drive two hours to reach this reprieve from everyday life.

Cooper’s Beach, with its white sands and clear waters, is the best spot to travel to in Southampton. You’ll have to leave early to find a decent parking spot, though. Parking here is based on a pay-by-the-day model, and spots fill up quickly.

So, plan ahead and make this an all-day affair. You can start off your day with a delicious meal, then hit the beach for fun in the sun. Make sure to check out the various mansions in the area, too.

4. Kent, Connecticut

Kent Falls State Park allows you to get back in touch with nature in a way that Central Park simply cannot. Take any of the leisurely hiking trails and you’ll wind up at one of the waterfalls for a gorgeous view.

While you’re here, make sure to try a steamed cheeseburger. It’s a Connecticut staple and something that doesn’t translate well outside of the state. There are also plenty of cozy pubs and shops to keep you occupied for a weekend excursion.

On your way here, skip the usual path and take Route 7. The drive is lined by grassy countryside, making it all the more road trip worthy. Plus, there are dozens of ice cream stops along the way.

5. The Poconos

The Poconos are often an afterthought when it comes to mountain ranges, but their close proximity to the city makes them the perfect getaway. Stop at Jim Thorpe, and old railroad town, for immediate access to the mountain’s most prominent outdoor features.

White water rafting, hiking in Glen Onoko Falls, and traveling the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway are all highly recommended adventures. After a day of fun, head into the Marion Hose Bar for a hearty mall and your choice of local beers.

6. Brandywine Valley, Pennsylvania

Brandywine, as the name suggests, is home to plenty of wineries. This locale on the Pennsylvania-Delaware border also has plenty of breweries, but there’s more to do here than just drink. Brandywine used to be the home of America’s aristocrats, leading to an area speckled with remnants of their luxurious lives.

Stop at the Hagley Museum first, which showcases the original du Pont gunpowder yards and the family’s original home. Then, make your way to Nemours Estate to explore a 77-room mansion with the largest French gardens in North America.

Finally, stop at Longwood Gardens to find elaborate horticulture sculptures, acres of meadows, and scenic woodlands. This gorgeous area is both a tribute to everything green and a piece of America’s upper-class past.

7. Atlantic City, New Jersey

While you could head to Coney Island, Atlantic City offers a different feel from New York City’s usual carnival attractions. The four-mile boardwalk is lined with fairground rides, casinos, and bars. You can step off onto the beach for a swim in clear waters, or marvel at Lucy the Elephant.

With boxing matches, comedy shows, and concerts, this is the “Vegas of the East Coast.” While the city fell out of favor for a few years, recent renovations have poured millions of dollars into rebirthing Atlantic City. Whether it’s a weekend or a day trip, now is the best time to go.

Manhattan Apartments for Rent

Once you’re feeling rejuvenated, there’s nothing like coming home to the comforts of luxury. The Cole is changing the game on the Upper East Side. With fantastic restaurants, shopping, and a convenient commute, this is one of the city’s most dynamic neighborhoods.

Make yourself at home in these newly renovated apartments complete with 24/7 concierge services, in-building amenities that cater to every facet of life, and picturesque views of the city. All wrapped in the finest of modern finishes, this is elevated living like never before in the Big Apple.

Welcome to The Cole, where fun rises in the east.