Take a break from New York City with a weekend trip

While living in the one of the biggest cities in the world certainly has its advantages, sometimes you need to get away from the bustling metropolis and head to a place where buildings don't stretch hundreds of stories into the sky. If you have purchased one of the homes for sale in New York, NY, and are looking for a weekend escape, consider some of the following destinations outlined below.

Jersey Shore

Despite the raucous antics recorded on the television show bearing the same name, the beaches of New Jersey (known affectionately as "The Shore") actually provide a great place to spend a long weekend. The sand is clean and the water is warm enough to swim in, and the boardwalks that stretch along the coast offer arcades, music, food and more.

Seaside Heights is just over 80 miles from the center of Manhattan, and is easily accessible via the Garden State Parkway. The boardwalk here is renowned for the games and amusement parks located on several piers.

While Seaside Heights is advertised as the picturesque tourist beach, better locations are found to the south. Wildwood is about 155 miles from New York, but the beaches are much more expansive than those at Seaside. The southern tip of New Jersey is also home to exotic wildlife, so if you are a nature enthusiast, this is the spot for you.

Atlantic City

Atlantic City is also on the Jersey Shore, located about 127 miles from New York City. This is one of the only places you can legally gamble in the United States outside of Native American reservations and Las Vegas, Nevada, and you'll never forget how much fun you have winning (or losing) some money.

If gambling isn't your preference, you can still enjoy world-class restaurants, lush hotels and live entertainment. The beach is also a great place to hang during warm weather, and Wildwood is just a short drive to the south.

Catskills

The natural beauty of the Jersey Shore is nothing compared with the majestic environment in upstate New York. The Catskills region encompasses the mountains and forests that fall with Catskill Park, a state preservation area. The mountains here are perfect for the beginner hiker or camper, as the gentle gradient and good weather will not stress newcomers.

A well-kept secret is the Rider Hollow Loop, accessible via Rider Hollow Road in Hardenburgh. Make a right off of Route 28 at the Belleayre Ski Center, then continue up the road until you reach the Hardenburgh town center. Rider Hollow Road eventually ends in a little parking area, and the lean-to is only about a half mile hike in, perfect to use as a campsite for day hikes.