When you live in New York City you can easily drive out for the weekend to various other cities that are located on the east coast of the US like Boston (http://boston.com/), Washington DC (http://washington.org/) and Philadelphia (http://www.gophila.com). These three cities have numerous historic attractions and year round activities which attract travelers of all types. Moreover they are easily accessible by air, bus and train from New York City if you don't want to drive.
Aside from these cities, New Yorkers have traditional winter and summer getaways. During the three month long hot and humid New York City summers many New Yorkers escape the stifling heat of the city by getting away to the beaches of Long Island and the Jersey Shore. Long Island, which is located in New York State, is home to some gorgeous beaches that border the Atlantic Ocean.
A popular summer destination on Long Island is the Jones Beach State Park (http://nysparks.state.ny.us/parks/info.asp?parkID=46) which is located in the southern part of Nassau County in Long Island. Jones Beach Island is in fact a barrier island that is linked to Long Island by the Meadowbrook State Parkway, the Wantagh State Parkway and the Ocean Parkway which are the main access routes to Jones Beach. This state park is accessible by car, boat and bus. Visitors from New York City generally use the Long Island Rail Road train service to get to Freeport from where they take a bus which transports them to Jones Beach. Jones Beach State Park is a family friendly destination as it is equipped with two big public swimming pools and the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater. The Nikon at Jones Beach Theater is an outdoor amphitheater that hosts several concerts during the summer. These concerts often feature well known international artists.
Yet another popular beach getaway that is immensely popular …