As much as we love summer in the city, there's nothing like a weekend getaway to squeeze in a mini-vacation. Plan the road trip of your life with these amazing spots throughout the state in mind. Here are eight of the best small towns to visit the next time you need a break from the hustle and bustle of New York City.
Head upstate to Saratoga Springs, a famous 1800s resort town named after its mineral spring waters. While there are plenty of hotels and spas to relax at, try to spend a few hours at the Saratoga Race Course where you can place your bets on a race at the oldest horse racing track in the United States.
If you're a seafood fan, then you'll love eating at one of the many waterfront restaurants in Greenport. Dine at Claudio's with its three side-by-side locations — a harborfront restaurant, clam bar, and marina. After your meal, take a quick ferry over to Shelter Island and spend the rest of your day at Sunset Beach.
The amazing lakefront shores never end in New York, and Saranac Lake tends to be quainter than the rest. Don't forget to walk down Saranac Lake's Main Street with tiny shops and restaurants located in old-fashioned brick structured buildings for a great day spent outside the city.
You'll feel welcomed at the friendliest small town on the Hudson River. Cold Spring, home to some of Hudson's most historic waterfronts and antique shops, is a tourist hot spot. If you have time, spend a Saturday visiting the grand and historic estates along the river.