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25 Best Weekend Getaways from New York (Within a 3 Hour Flight)

Updated: Jun 30, 2021

New Yorkers are blessed to be in a very well-rounded travel city with the best reach to Europe from the United States. Since there are bountiful international destinations, there is also a vast array of short domestic destinations. Here are some weekend getaway ideas for locals in the Tri-state area within a 3 hour flight. More importantly, these trips are all possible without having to take a vacation day (for you M-F 9-5'ers), it just depends what you want to do.

Before reading, be sure to note four important airport identifiers in this post:

JFK refers to John F. Kennedy International Airport

LGA refers to LaGuardia Airport

EWR refers to Newark Liberty International Airport

ISP refers to Long Island MacArthur Airport





Miami, Florida (MIA, FLL) - 3 Hour Flight


Brickell/Downtown Neighborhood
Brickell/Downtown Neighborhood

Why go?

  • Beaches, outdoors activities, clubs, restaurants, culture. As a current resident in Miami, this is at the top of the list of weekend trips from NY! I just ask that you please please please venture out beyond Miami Beach.

When to go?

  • Any time of the year, but best is October - February for perfect weather.

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $100+

Where can you stay?

Pro Tip:

  • Visit the following neighborhoods to step away from the "typical Miami": Wynwood, Brickell, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Midtown, Edgewater.




Orlando, Florida (MCO) - 2.5 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Disney, Universal, Space Center, etc.

When to go?

  • Any time of the year, but best is October - February for perfect weather.

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $100+

Where can you stay?




Nassau, Bahamas - 3 Hour Flight


Atlantis Harbor
Atlantis Harbor

Why go?

  • Turquoise waters, friendly people, and close proximity to Florida make the Bahamas a popular destination.

When to go?

  • December to July to avoid hurricanes and tropical storms.

  • May to August to avoid crowds and surcharges.

  • November to February to avoid the summer heat.

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $300+

Where can you stay?

Pro Tip:

  • Rent a car! Be prepared to drive on the left side of the road.




Portland, Maine (PWM) - 1.5 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Seaside villages and towns with incredible restaurants and a thriving art scene.

When to go?

  • Summer

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $150+

Where can you stay?