This blog post was updated on September 12, 2014.

Need to escape the heat of the Big Apple? Whether you’re after a slower pace of city life, the beach, or a wild escape, here are some options.

The Hamptons

Whatever you think of the celeb culture of the Hamptons, it’s still worth a visit for the surroundings alone. Beautiful beaches, cute towns – and, of course, the houses of the rich and famous to have a look at as you cruise by.

Pocono Mountains

2400 sq miles of mountains, forest, and 150 lakes – with cutesy towns in between – make this, in north-eastern Pennsylvania, the ultimate antidote to the concrete jungle. Depending on the season, you can ski, laze on a beach, hike the forests or even take cookery lessons. If you’re not the active type, but you want to see the scenery try the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, which starts at Jim Thorpe.


It takes under 90 minutes to get to Philly on the train from New York, meaning if you want a less frenetic pace to the city, you can escape for the day. The Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the National Constitution Center are all open to visit, and if you’re a shopper from outside the US, you’ll like to know that it’s a tax free shopping destination for you guys.

Jersey Shore

You may not want to spend an entire summer on the Jersey Shore, but a day would be a fun change of scenery from Manhattan. Seaside Heights is where the series was set, but Belmar and Point Pleasant are also good guido spots. Just don’t go without attending to your "GLT" (Gym, Tanning, and Laundry) first.


A day driving round New York State and Connecticut won’t be the most eventful day you’ve spent, but the scenery – and the architecture – is stunning. Seaport Mystic is the obvious destination with an aquarium and nautical museum, although it does get crowded on weekends.

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