06/21/2012 07:13 am ET Updated Aug 21, 2012

The Best Road Trips From New York City (PHOTOS)

The Best Road Trips is a weekly summer series highlighting our favorite getaways from major cities all over the United States.

Home to about 8 million folks -- and tons of our readers -- the Big Apple is a behemoth destination to explore itself. But should you be longing to escape the crowded streets, know you're in similar company: New York's residents seemingly flock out town every Friday.

Plus, there are so many great vacation spots just a few hours away by car (and what seems like a million ZipCar locations should you not have your own ride). So get your bags packed, slather on some sunscreen and hop in the whip -- we've got some miles to cover.

-- Rachel Jacoby,

Road Trips from New York