Everybody knows that New York City is full of fantastic places to visit. The museums, parks, history, and the food are just a few reasons to make NYC your destination of choice for your next trip. However, did you know that there are countless things to see and do only a short drive away from the city? Pick up a rental car from Empire Rent A Car, and make your next trip a memorable one. After you’ve picked up your car, keep these three locations in mind for your trip.

New York Road Trip

1. Kingston

Located on the banks of the Hudson River, Kingston lies only a short hour-and-a-half drive from New York City. It’s not only home to the Hudson River and Maritime Museum but also the unforgettably quaint Rondout Lighthouse. Downtown Kingston also has plenty of trendy places to eat and drink like the Brunette, a wine bar in downtown Kingston worth checking out.

2. Shelter Island

Located between Long Island’s North and South Forks, Shelter Island is a great place to enjoy the beach and learn about the island’s history at the Shelter Island Historical Society, located in a farmhouse that is over 275 years old. The island is home to the Mashomack Preserve, a protected area with wetlands, woods, and other natural wonders. It’s a perfect place for hiking, exploring, and enjoying some of the best views that New York has to offer, all within a reasonable driving distance of New York City.

3. Guilford

If you’re looking for history, good food, vibrant shopping, and live music, look no further than Guilford, Connecticut. Most of the communities’ attractions are located within an 8-acre park at the center of town. If you’re looking for more action, check out the New England National Scenic Trail, a 125-mile path that winds through Connecticut and Massachusetts.

The next time you are in need of a vacation but want to experience a side of New York you’ve never seen before, consider picking up a rental car from Empire Rent A Car and hitting the road. We have reliable and affordable rental cars, vans, SUVs, and more. To make a reservation or to find out more, contact us today at (800) 750-8782, or book online at your convenience.