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There is so much to see & experience in NYC, that you could easily fill up your time with activities in the city itself; it is after all the largest city in New York and the United States! For those of you who have some ‘free’ days available on your vacation; why not consider incorporating a quick getaway to one of those incredible winter destinations down below.
The prospect of some of the best cold-weather sports await you at these destinations and you should definitely not miss them. There, you get to hit the slopes, enjoy snowboarding, indulge in skiing, relax in a luxury spa, relish ice skating and sample local brews. All this and more is there to enjoy when you head to these winter getaways not far from New York City.
Here’s a list of top 5 winter weekend getaways relatively close to NYC:
The Berkshires, MA
Drive about 3.5 hours from NYC to reach this snowy wonderland – one of the most popular winter getaways not far from the Big Apple.
Image Source: Flickr by Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism
During winter months, this rural region turns into a dreamland with scenic landscapes at every turn. Here, adventurers can hit the trails at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort while art lovers can soak up the galleries as well as the Norman Rockwell Museum and MASS MoCA.
With lots of lodging options, you will surely have a perfect weekend outing in the midst of nature.
Drive about 2.5 hours from NYC and reach this sleepy hamlet where you’re sure to leave behind the trappings and pace of urban life.
Image Source: Flickr by Murray Foubister
During the winter, the surrounding mountains wrap fresh snow and ensure prospects for winter sports and activities galore. Here, you can enjoy the best of skiing in the Hunter Mountains with miles of ski trails to delight you.
Furthermore, you can enjoy snowshoeing along Wittenberg Trail or join the company of artists savouring the artsy vibe there.
Drive some 2 hours and 30 minutes to reach this place on the border of Ulster and Delaware Counties in the Catskill Mountains.
Image Source: Flickr by Michael Kreho
Highmount is heaven for slope seekers with 50 trails in Belleayre Mountain to bring out the outdoor enthusiast in you. Some of those trails are tough enough to make your heart pump, for sure.
Top-class lodging facilities are available in the area, so you can expect a wonderful weekend stay.
Drive just 2 hours from the city to reach this modest mountain range. Here, you get to enjoy a variety of nature activities to make the weekend tours you take away from New York City truly memorable.
Image Source: Flickr by Mouser Williams
Take a winter hike and enjoy a snowy forest, or ride on the back of a dog sled and enjoy hikes. And yes, some ice-fishing can also be enjoyed here.
Lodging options are plentiful, so you can plan a perfect winter getaway.
Lake Placid, NY
Drive about 5 hours by car and reach the winter wonderland – Lake Placid.
Image Source: Flickr by Samantha Kulpinski
This iconic place is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts with ample choices for winter activities to enjoy. Ice-skating and cross-country skiing are two of the major draws here. Plus, you get to visit the sites of the 1980 Olympic Games and also take part in an annual cross-country skiing race.
Hi! I’m Akshay Sharma. I’m a blogger at Imagination Waffle. I love to read and write about Fitness, Health & Lifestyle topics.