3 Weekend Road Trip Ideas in New York

Niagara falls

New York City is an exciting vibrant city with a myriad of things to see and do. However, it’s also refreshing to get away from the frenetic pace of the city at times, where you spend most of your time on your work or business handing out custom poker chips business cards. What better way to escape than to go on an exciting road trip. Here are some ideas of destinations you can explore:

Catskills, New York

Located northwest of Manhattan, the Catskills are just over a 2-hour drive away. Upstate New York is undergoing a revival, and the best time to head to the Catskills is in September or October when the fall foliage is displayed in its full glory. The Catskills are perfect if you are seeking a retreat from the city chaos.

There are abundant activities available for everyone; whether you are seeking tranquility of an action-packed weekend. Nature lovers delight in Catskill Park, a vast wilderness with forests and meadows. There are over 300 trails available for hiking, and they offer spectacular views.

For the active, there are also opportunities for horseback riding and ziplining. More sedate activities include exploring antique shops and sampling food in the numerous gourmet restaurants.

If your road trip is scheduled to take place in winter, visit Hunter Mountain for skiing and snowboarding.

The Finger Lakes Region

A perfect weekend getaway, the Finger Lakes region consists of small historical towns, waterfalls, and other attractions. The Finger Lakes are located at the halfway point between New York City and Niagara Falls.

There are a total of 11 long, narrow, finger-shaped lakes, hence their name. Places of interest to visit include Watkins Glen, renowned for its waterfalls. Horseback riding enthusiasts will also find local stables that organize trail rides through beautiful landscapes.

The Finger Lakes region is marvelous all year round with plenty of activities to choose from. Spring is excellent for wine tasting and the spectacle of blooming flowers. In summer, there is swimming, boating, and canoeing. For the adventurous, there is an opportunity to go on a hot air balloon ride.

Autumn presents an awesome spectacle of fall foliage, in which there are harvest festivals to visit. In winter, skiing and snowboarding are possible. You may also choose to complete your holiday shopping while you are here and obtain some unique gifts.

Niagara Falls

Located 400 miles from New York, a drive of 6 to 7 hours will get you to the world-famous falls at the border between the USA and Canada.  Located within the oldest state park in the United States, the falls consist of 3 waterfalls that discharge 750,000 gallons of water every second, an awe-inspiring sight to behold.

Enjoy the views of the falls from the Prospect Point Observation Tower. An exciting adventure is a ride onboard the ‘Maid of the Mist’. This is an open air boat that enables you to take in the picturesque surroundings as you feel the mist of the falls. 

Thereafter, drive to Goat Island and view the falls from different viewpoints. Goat Island offers stunning views of the waterfalls.

The above but a few road trip ideas in New York, however, they will offer you great photo opportunities and wonderful memories.