The 5 Best Budget Getaways From New York City

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Washington D.C.

Washington D.C.

Cheapest Way from New York City to Washington D.C.: Bolt Bus 

While we all know there are definitely ways to spend money in D.C., the capital provides free activities galore if you know where to look. Head to the capital for some federally funded fun and affordable eats. Perfect for the history-buff!


  • The United States Botanical Garden
  • Washington Monument
  • National Geographic Museum

Read More: Free Things to Do in D.C.

Baltimore Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland

Cheapest way from New York City to Baltimore: Bolt Bus 

If seafood, history and shopping excite you, we recommend heading to Baltimore to chow down on the city’s unbelievably fresh seafood, exploring the multitude of thrift store shopping options and then diving into a historian created walking tour.


  • Baltimore Museum of Art
  • Star Spangled Banner Trail
  • Lexington Market

Read More: 11 Budget-Friendly Reasons to Plan a Baltimore Getaway

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Brunswick, Maine

The Cheapest Way from New York City to Maine: Amtrak 

Looking to getaway from all big cities? A journey North to Brunswick is your answer. Here you can find cheap food, weekly Whiskey Tastings, easy access to nature, and killer deals on lodging, especially in the winter. As the home to Bowdoin College, the town also hosts a wide array of speakers and an excellent public transit system.


  • Androscoggin River Pathway
  • Bowdoin Art Gallery
  • Sea Dog Brewing Company

Read more: A Budget Friendly Getaway to Brunswick

Greenwich Conneticut

Greenwich Connecticut

The Cheapest Way from New York City to Greenwich: Metro-North off peak ticket.
usually conjures up images of expensive jewelry and polo shirts and while it may be home to some of the wealthiest people in America, there are also affordable ways to enjoy art, the outdoors and local events throughout the town. Plus, it’s so close to New York City, you’ll hardly be finishing your morning coffee when you arrive.


  • Meli-Melo crepes
  • The Bendheim Gallery
  • Events at the Polo Club

Read more: Frugal Finds: A Day Getaway to Greenwich

Newport Rhode Island

Newport, Rhode Island

The Cheapest Way from New York City to Newport: Peter Pan Bus

Delicious food at the newly opened Mission Restaurant, spectacular mansions to explore, and an an affordable spa day option, make Newport the best all around option for a budget friendly weekend away. Newport is also an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts, especially during the summer, with options to hike, bike, and sail throughout the town.


  • Hydrotherapy
  • Hiking
  • Gilded-era mansions

Read More: Five New Reasons to Visit Newport, RI or for the outdoor enthusiast Newport, Rhode Island: The Best Outdoor Activities

Stretch your budget further by booking through TravelWits. They bundle your transportation and hotel for the best rates for getaways from New York City. If you’re looking for romantic getaways by budget, see Mid Summer Romance: 5 Places to Escape by Budget.

Photo: Freer Sackler and Galleries of Art, jive667,  Paul Sableman, Joey Lax-Salinas,