It’s that time of year again: the days are growing shorter, the wind more biting, and the city more grueling. We all need an escape from the grind now and then, but sometimes knowing where to escape to can be quite a challenge. Fear not. We’ve compiled 5 fun trips below guaranteed to rejuvenate and reinvigorate. From fellow cities like Boston and Washington, D.C., to more remote spots like the Hudson River Valley, there’s a getaway for every New Yorker longing to get out of the city.

Boston, MA

This isn’t the trip if you’re hoping to find somewhere warmer than Manhattan, but it sure is a good one for seeing history and enjoying a good ale. Stroll through the Boston Common down to the Esplanade and take in the beautiful Charles River, or else cozy up in one of Beacon Hill’s many dimly-lit pubs with a foamy pint of ale.

While there, consider staying at Hilton Boston Downtown, conveniently located right by the city’s most bustling and historic shopping district, Faneuil Hall. Stuffed with local restaurants, boutiques, and bars, you’ll find ways to keep yourself entertained without ever leaving the cobblestone block.

The Faneuil Hall in Boston, MA, USA.

Washington, D.C.

Let’s face it: we’re living in one of the most historic and political eras in recent history. Take in the action firsthand and see the artifacts of the past in our nation’s capital. Stop by the Smithsonian Museum, the Lincoln Memorial, and National Monument, or just wander the city’s gorgeous, tree-lined streets and pretend you’re in House of Cards.

Washington Hilton on Connecticut Avenue boasts a seasonal outdoor pool that’s open May 1 to October 31 and a courtyard garden, as well as a convenient location near some of the city’s best culinary and entertainment offerings.


The Hudson River Valley

Looking for peace and serenity from Friday through Sunday? Try the Hudson River Valley, which follows the Hudson River from New York City up to the top of the state, surrounded on either side by gorgeous rolling hills and, at this time of year, a kaleidoscope of autumnal leaves. Poughkeepsie is one picturesque town along the water, known for its famous scenic Walkway Over the Hudson and its 13.4-mile long Dutchess Rail Trail, named the best hiking trail in all the valley by Hudson Valley magazine in 2015. And, yes, Hilton Garden Inn Poughkeepsie is right in the area.


Ogunquit, ME

Looking for a quiet but fun weekend along the Atlantic? Ogunquit, Maine is a beach town with style. It has all the usual traits of a quiet Northeastern small town: coastal crags, delicious lobster, and neighborly charm, but it also boasts one of the best piano bars in the nation, The Front Porch, and a surprisingly active gay bar scene.

The cozy Hampton Inn & Suites is a perfect retreat between your coastal activities.


Philadelphia, PA

There’s no better reason we can think of to take a weekend trip than to go get an authentic Philly cheese steak. Besides boasting some of the most mouth-watering travel options on this list, Philadelphia has its own collection of fun historical landmarks to observe: The Liberty Bell, in all its cracked glory; Independence Hall, for all your National Treasure dreams to come true; and the world-famous Philadelphia Museum of Art. Of course there are fantastic Hilton hotels all over Philadelphia.

Independence Hall National Historic Park Philadelphia

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