President's Day weekend- falling as it does in darkest February - gets short shrift among its more muscular patriotic cousins in July and September. However, this holiday and three day weekend getaway opportunity offers some great opportunities for very affordable getaway travel. A good place to start for suggestions for getting out of NYC is Weekend Travel Ideas - Presidents Day Destinations.
Airfare spikes a bit for the holiday, but, compared to the other major holidays, President's Day is an incredible bargain to most U.S. destinations and many other international locales besides. Additionally, if sticking in the tri-state area appeals to you, then you're in luck. From the Adirondacks to Atlantic City, to the Hudson Valley and the New Jersey Pine barrens, most B&Bs, cabin rentals, and hotel rooms are cheaper on President's Day weekend than on Fourth of July or Labor Day.
What better way to celebrate the heritage of Dewitt Clinton, Al Smith, George Pataki, and ... oh, right. Those were some of New York's felled Presidential timber. However, let us not forget that Franklin D. Roosevelt, maker of most Presidential top 5 lists, hailed from the Empire State. Why not honor Roosevelt with a trip to see his estate at Hyde Park? There's tons of great bed and breakfast opportunities nearby, and the country is beautiful even in the NYC vicinity's ugliest winter season.
"All that is within me cries out to go back to my home on the Hudson River," Roosevelt once said, shortly before developing a terrific headache and dying. And what a home it was. It's also a national park service administered attraction.
If something closer to NYC's stretch of the Hudson River appeals to you, then you can always take the Weehawken Ferry over to New Jersey and re-trace the famous Aaron Burr vs. Alexander Hamilton death match.
Whatever you do, we wish you a great long weekend and a happy respite from the NYC work week.