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4th of July Getaways From New York City: Flee NYC on Independence Day Weekend 2016

Still haven’t made your plans to get out of town on the weekend of July Fourth? Relax — you’re not alone and the areas surrounding New York offer plenty of options. There’s still time to line up a trip to places like the Hudson Valley, the Delaware Watergap, the Jersey Shore, or even, God forbid, the Hamptons.

Nyy-4th-of-july-getaway Still haven’t made your plans to get out of town on the weekend of July Fourth?  Relax — you’re not alone and the areas surrounding New York offer plenty of options.  There’s still time to line up a trip to places like the Hudson Valley, the Delaware Watergap, the Jersey Shore, or even, God forbid, the Hamptons. If you’re ready to not pass go and get away, the Weekend Travel Ideas website also has some great suggestions for first-rate July 4th Getaways From NYC.

Cabin?  Looking for a cabin or house rental in a quaint town far from Manhattan’s maelstrom?  Check out VRBO’s New York page.  You can search for still-available rental properties and they’re usually pretty good about letting you know if a cabin or guest house remains up for grabs for the current weekend.

Different Big City? Try Travelocity’s last minute weekends section. You should be able to find flight/hotel deals for about $250 or so to a several decent spots.  If you want to watch fireworks over a different skyline this is a reasonable way to make it happen.  Just keep in mind the deals will be better to places like Pittsburgh or Milwaukee, than they will to more desirable getaways like Denver or Portland, Maine etc…

Hunker Down?  Or you might just choose to ride it out here in the city.  In that case, you’ll find New York Magazine’s guide to July 4th in New York indispensable.

Old standby? Pick someplace you’ve been and enjoyed before and get in touch with the proprietor of the bed and breakfast or hotel you stayed in.  If they don’t have vacancy, chances are they’ll be able to refer you to one of their colleagues.  We once had good luck with this when planning a last-minute trip to the Jersey Shore’s Long Beach Island — incidentally a great place to spend Independence Day Weekend!

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New York City Beach Getaway Options: Beaches Close to NYC

Long-beach-ny As the thermometer rises, how can anyone be expected to get through the summer months without a trip to the beach? Well, they can’t, which is why Flee New York is putting together an ongoing list of convenient beach getaway options within close range of Manhattan Island.

Long-beach-ny As the thermometer rises, how can anyone be expected to get through the summer months without a trip to the beach?  Well, they can’t, which is why Flee New York is putting together an ongoing list of convenient beach getaway options within close range of Manhattan Island.  Check back for more suggestions…

Here is a general rundown of the best options for [Beaches Near NYC: Weekend Travel]

We defy you to read this New York Times article on Sandy Hook Beach and not want to immediately take the half hour ferry ride from Manhattan.  [Sandy Hook Beach: New York Times]

Check out this video: It’s a great introduction to beaches close to NYC that are accessible by public transportation: These include Rockaway Beach (A Train), Coney Island (F Train), and Jones Beach (L.I.R.R.)

For that matter, remember that Long Beach and several other Long Island destinations are available via the Long Island Railroad. [L.I.R.R. Long Beach Timetable]

Here’s a fairly informative discussion board with the subject “Beaches Close to NYC.” [Ask a New Yorker]

And for you East Coast surfers, be sure to check out the New York Surfrider website for inside info on the best breaks and beaches for surfers. [Surfrider NYC]

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Summer Getaways From NYC: Escaping the New York Heat

New-york-summer-getaway The humidity (really, we can’t stand it) is spiking, the days have grown long, and the L.I.E. between New York and the Hamptons is a freaking zoo from Thursday to Monday.

New-york-summer-getaway The humidity (really, we can’t stand it) is spiking, the days have grown long, and the L.I.E. between New York and the Hamptons is a freaking zoo from Thursday to Monday.  You’ve got to get away, and where else but the Internet can you turn for leads and suggestions on how best to escape your own personal music video hell of “Hot Town: Summer in the City.”  Flee New York is here for you: Check back all summer long for a regularly updated list of where, when, and how to find the best summer getaways, escapes, and other weekend summer travel suggestions from NYC. In the meantime, the Weekend Travel Ideas blog has a detailed rundown of Summer Weekend Escapes From New York City.

LISTS

The L Magazine’s list includes six great suggestions ranging from Hudson River Tubing to Kate’s Lazy Meadow Motel in the Catskills.
[Summer Weekend Getaways: Escape NYC]

New York Magazine‘s 52 Weekends page is an absolute gold mine.
[52 Weekends out of NYC]

All Getaways has a list of 77 straightforward suggestions…
[New York Weekend Getaways]

Gridskipper has lots of slightly off-center Hamptons coverage and tips.
[Gridskipper Hamptons page]

NYC Pulse has a list of 10 top beaches in the NYC area.
[NYC Summer Beaches]

UTILITY

Airfare Watchdog keeps a close eye on flights out of town.  Some of their discounts are astonishing.
[Airfare Watchdog NYC list]

Travelocity‘s last-minute packages can sometimes be a good option for getting you up to Maine or Canada.
[Last Minute Packages]

VRBO is a great place to start looking for house and cabin rentals upstate and everywhere else.
[Vacation Rentals By Owner Online]

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