New York City is so massive and fascinating it’s easy to forget the world doesn’t stop at the Hudson River. There’s a whole state that goes by the same name with tons of fun stuff to do and places to explore. If you live in or around New York City, then you’re probably overdue for a weekend trip to take a breather from the fast-paced crush of city life. While you could get a hotel, the rooms are likely to be small and expensive. But plenty of New Yorkers offer houses for rent, and if you split it up with a group of friends, it can be a great way to get more for less. Here’s a list of great places to search for houses for rent and enjoy a long overdue weekend getaway.
This whole area is devastatingly gorgeous. It has spellbinding waterfalls, refreshing gorges, and verdant hills galore. It has camping, biking, and hiking for the active and adventurous, and quiet settings by the water for those seeking more traditional R&R. There are, no joke, over a hundred wineries. So if you’re a foodie with a cultured palate, you could search for houses for rent and spend the whole weekend sampling wine and cheese in the biggest wine production region east of California.
Low pressure, relaxed pace, and overflowing with cool stuff to do. That’s Saratoga Springs in a nutshell. Dining, nightlife, outdoor fun, concerts, sporting events, it’s got it all. But without the congested traffic, panicked schedules, and impossible-to-find parking of the Big Apple. The Adirondack Park is just to the north so you can find your ideal mix of outdoorsy stuff and city life entertainment.
If you really want to do a 180 on city living for the weekend, it’s tough to beat the accessible and amazing Adirondack Park. It’s divided into several sub-areas, like NYC itself, each with its own unique array of things to do. It covers a mind blowing six million acres and has over a hundred communities to peruse houses for rent. Kayaking, canoeing, and fishing are plentiful in addition to hiking and camping.
There’s plenty of relaxing things to do that don’t require you to lug around a fifty-pound pack. Maybe you feel like you lug around enough baggage at the airport and the idea of doing that on vacation strikes you as crazy talk. Adirondack Park is covered in scenic drives so you can enjoy nature’s beauty while jamming out to your tunes and reveling in the novelty of an open road. A welcome break from city traffic since 9 of the nation’s worst bottlenecks are located around New York City.
No discussion about places to travel in the state of New York would be complete without giving the nod to the venerable Niagara Falls. At night, the falls are illuminated with colored lights creating a dazzling, almost other-worldly display of unparalleled beauty. There are regular firework displays scheduled for the month of May. If you’re feeling adventurous and want a closer look, you could try the Cave of the Winds tour. Expect to get wet and keep your poncho as a souvenir.
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