You don’t always have to hop on a plane to take a vacation – why not mix things up and take a road trip? Sometimes there’s nothing better than packing up the car, grabbing some snacks, and turning up the music as you cruise down the highway. And the best part about being in Newark is you can get to so many different places in just a few hours. Here are some of our EWR Airport parking company’s favorites:
Less than 100 miles from Newark lies the City of Brotherly Love, making it a quick and easy road trip that you can even do in a day if you’d like. All you have to do is head straight down I-95 and you’ll be minutes away from great food (check out the Reading Terminal Market), lots of art (like the Philadelphia Art Museum), and a craft beer scene that’s on the rise. Don’t forget to check out all of the historical stuff, too like the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the Betsy Ross House.
If history is your thing, Boston is a great place to visit on a road trip. It’s less than a four-hour drive from Newark, which makes for a great weekend trip. Check out the popular Freedom Trail, which takes you on a 2.5-mile walking tour through the city to visit 16 historically significant sights. And if you love waterfront dining, the city has plenty of it – with lots of fresh seafood to spare. Just be on the lookout for tolls when planning your route – you could end up paying more than you’d like.
For a good dose of patriotism, hop in the car and head south to our nation’s capital. It’s only about 200 miles from Newark and has dozens of things to do and see. (We recommend staying a few days in order to get the full experience.) With 17 Smithsonian museums and galleries, you can discover everything from aviation to natural history. And if you’ve never seen famous icons like the White House, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and the Capitol building, check them off your bucket list. The best part is that D.C. is small, so it’s easily walkable and their public transportation system is very user-friendly.
If you love seafood, Baltimore is a no-brainer. Less than a 3-hour drive from Newark, you can enjoy a nice weekend on the water with as much fresh seafood as you can imagine (including lots of Maryland-style crab cakes, of course). Head to the bustling area of Inner Harbor and discover museums, historic sights, restaurants, shopping, bars, trolley tours, and more. And if it’s the right time of year, check out Oriole Park at Camden Yards and catch a baseball game. Before the end of your trip, however, make sure you save some time for one of the best aquariums in the U.S. – the National Aquarium.
Feeling ambitious? Take a long weekend off and discover the beautiful city of Portland, Maine. About a five-hour drive from Newark, Portland is the perfect place if you’re looking to get away and relax. Since it’s situated on the water, you’ll find plenty of things to do like kayaking, fishing, swimming, boat tours, and more, as well as a handful of breweries worth checking out (such as Allagash, Shipyard, and Rising Tide). After a day on the water, you can head to the Portland Museum of Art or enjoy a stroll along Old Port for some shopping and some great food. Don’t forget – they’re known for their lobster and their blueberries!