Summer is in full swing, and if you haven't planned your seasonal getaway yet, it's high time to start. Fortunately, the Northeastern U.S. doesn't suffer from a shortage of destinations that are scenic, invigorating and exciting.
Whether you're a nature-lover looking for a new camping haunt, a foodie on the prowl for some of the best and most well-hidden summer eats or just a traveler with some extra time on your hands and miles on your odometer, you can find what you're looking for in the northeast. If you're suffering from analysis paralysis in terms of choosing your next destination, consider some of these popular choices.
Nestled right underneath Massachusetts, this coastal state offers a seaside flair to shop-goers and trendy boutiquers. If you're looking for a road trip that will also let you experience some of the best shopping in the region, head to Greenwich. Here you'll find no shortage of upscale boutiques and eateries. Visitors can find all kinds of epicurean delights along "The Ave," from handcrafted cocktails to specialty teas – perfect for when you need a break from all that shopping. As an added bonus, Greenwich is just a short one-hour drive from New York City, making it a perfect day trip detour while you're visiting the big city.
The largest state in New England, Maine is where you should head if you're in the mood for some high-quality, locally sourced eats. The Pine Tree state is famous for its offering of lobster, but even non-seafood lovers will find something to appease their palettes. Fathom Away noted that Rockland is the town to go to if you're interested in farm-fresh food at a much more reasonable price than you'd find in nearby metropolitan areas like New York. Also consider heading down the coast for a beautiful scenic drive through breathtaking farmland.
"The New York City arts and entertainment scene is legendary."
The Big Apple may be the biggest city in the U.S., but don't let that trick you into thinking that that's all there is to New York. Of course, the New York City arts and entertainment scene is legendary and is sure to appeal to young travelers looking for a big city adventure. Take in a Broadway show and then hit up some of Manhattan's many upscale bars to rub elbows with the upper crust. If city living isn't your thing, head up to the Thousand Islands. This swath of nature in between upstate New York and Canada offers visitors the opportunity to experience nature among the region's eponymous islands. The New York Times reported that travelers can even rent antique wooden boats to explore the islands. The area also hosts its annual boat show every August 1-3, so if you're trying to decide on a time to take your trip, that may influence you.
Called the Bay State for good reason, Massachusetts offers a mix of history and easy living. Travelers can walk the streets of downtown Boston, even taking part in one of the "Freedom Walks," hosted by tour guides in period costume, before heading to trendy Newbury St. for some upscale shopping. If kicking back and relaxing is more your thing, one of the state's many capes – including Cape Cod and Provincetown – will be just your ticket.
If your road trip plans are being put on hold because you don't have the right vehicle, head to New Jersey State Auto Auction. There you'll find hundreds of Carfax-certified cars on the lot, and a helpful sales and finance staff dedicated to helping you drive away with the pre-owned car of your dreams.