There’s nothing quite like a summer road trip. With your favorite song on the radio and your best friend or your significant other in the passenger seat, there’s no better way to enjoy a beautiful summer weekend. If you’re looking to escape the city this summer, here are 7 of our favorite road trip destinations, long enough to get you away from the hustle of the city but short enough that you won’t spend your whole weekend driving.
1. Portland, ME
Roughly a 2 hour drive from Boston, this scenic city is definitely worth a visit. During the day walk through the Old Port Exchange and browse the shops, take a visit to the Portland Art Museum, and check out the views at Casco Bay. Come nighttime, grab dinner along the wharf for great food and even better views.
2. Portsmouth, NH
A 75 minute drive northward of Boston will bring you to this quaint NH city. If you’re a history buff, check out Strawberry Banke, a 10 acre outdoor history museum with expansive gardens and colonial home tours. Afterwards, take your man to a tour of the Portsmouth Brewery and be sure to end the evening with a stroll along Congress and State Streets for the shops and restaurants.
3. Mystic, CT
Grab tickets to the Mystic Aquarium (trust us, it’s the best one around) and after taste some real New England seafood at one of the many restaurants in Olde Mystick Village.
4. Lake George, NY
While it’s a bit of a longer ride than most of the others on the list, Lake George is the perfect weekend getaway. Embrace your adventurous side with activities like hiking, whitewater rafting, and boating. Afterwards, relax at one of the many wineries or breweries in the Adirondack and Lake George region.
5. Burlington, VT
As if the scenic drive to Burlington isn’t enough of a reason to make the trip north, Burlington’s lively culture and arts scene is sure to draw you there. In the summer there’s always something going on downtown whether it be a festival or a summer concert. For a real local perspective on where to eat, we asked former resident Julia Aparicio for her favorite spots in the city:
“For the best brunch in Burlington I’d go to Penny Cluse Cafe or Magnolia Bistro. For a nice dinner my absolute favorite is Leunig’s Bistro & Lounge, which boasts classic French cuisine and is right on Church Street in the heart of Burlington.”
6. Newport, RI
Newport is like a breath of fresh air after spending time in the city. Make the quick drive down to RI for a gorgeous beach day, and be sure to explore the mansions lining Bellevue Avenue. If you’re looking for a superb meal stop by The Clarke Cook House.
7. Old Orchard Beach, ME
Old Orchard Beach is the epitome of a quaint New England beach town. With its 7 mile stretch of sandy beaches, you won’t have to worry too much about hitting your neighbor while lounging in the sand. While you’re there, be sure to check out the Pier and watch their impressive firework display at night.