205.4 miles: 6 hours, 27 minutes
A favorite trip for Manhattanites eager to swap traffic noise and asphalt for birdsong and tree-lined byways, this Hudson River Valley tour is as much of an escape route as it is a scenic drive. Wealthy elites of a century ago knew it and built palatial estates here. The area’s beauty even inspired a movement in landscape painting. No doubt it will inspire you, too.