Oh, travel. As a daydream, it’s a fantasy filled with days by the beach, rambles through historic castles, and escapades around bustling city centers. When it comes to reality, however, planning those chaotic trips from bustling airports like JFK is often a juggling act of layovers, tight schedules, and far more luggage than you could ever need. Sound stressful? Just wait until you’re in the thick of it and you realize you still need to get through security and board the plane.
Now imagine a magical place in the heart of the Hudson Valley that’s easily accessible and offers direct access to some of the sweetest vacation destinations across the country and around the world. It’s a place with top-notch customer service, public transportation to and from the airport, and affordable onsite parking prices. More than a figment of your imagination, the hidden gem is New York Stewart International Airport (SWF), and it’s right in Newburgh (technically it’s in New Windsor, but airport code cites Newburgh as the nearest metropolitan area).
So, the next time you want to take a break from the Hudson Valley (gasp!), pick a location from the list and make the quick drive to the Orange County airport. Stewart may be right in our backyard, but it’s also a window to the world.
Update: New York Stewart International Airport does not currently offer international flights.
Thanks to Delta, nonstop trips to Detroit’s DTW airport are little more than a hop, skip, and, you know, 600-mile flight away. Take a pass on the ten-hour road trip and hop on a plane to get to the bustling Michigan city instead. Once you’re there, you can ooh and aah at the Detroit Institute of Arts, take in the beauty at Belle Isle Park, and brush up on American history at The Henry Ford Museum. Whatever you do, don’t leave town without making a visit to one of downtown Detroit’s speakeasy bars or scoping out the animals at the larger-than-life Detroit Zoo.
For a waterside retreat to Myrtle Beach, check out the deals with Allegiant, which flies direct to the South Carolina locale. Depending on when you go, you can pick up a few bargain-priced $77 tickets, which help offset the cost of all the tempting attractions at the beach. After all, Myrtle Beach is 100-percent a vacation destination. Whether you explore the 60 miles of coastline or book a trip around a local to-do like the Carolina Country Music Festival or the World Famous Blue Crab Festival, which draws more than 50,00 visitors every year, you’ll love the chance to soak in the sunshine down south.
Maybe it’s the siren song of warmer weather that lures Hudson Valleyites to Florida, or maybe it’s the fact that there’s just so much to do in the Sunshine State. Either way, there are quite a number of ways to get there from SWF.
If you’re looking to fly Allegiant, consider trips to Orlando (SFB), Punta Gorda (PGD), or St. Pete / Clearwater / Tampa (PIE). With one-way prices that begin around $72 for Orlando and $65 for Punta Gorda, you can’t go wrong wherever you decide to go. As for what to do, Orlando is a must for anyone who wants to hit Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando, while Punta Gorda and nearby Fort Myers are ideal for those in need of a quieter vacation experience that is heavy on beachside living and natural beauty. As for high fliers to PIE, the triple-threat airport gives visitors easy access to beachy St. Pete / Clearwater and colorful Tampa. If you’re up for it, you can always rent a car and make the short drive to Orlando for a mini Disney-cation while you’re there.
For JetBlue fliers, meanwhile, SWF offers yet another way to get to Orlando from the Hudson Valley. Anyone looking to head further south, however, can take a look at the airline’s Fort Lauderdale (FLL) flights, which bring you straight to an abundance of beautiful beaches and cultural hubs. In town, explore the Museum of Discovery and Science with kids or hit the area’s numerous casinos. During the day, take a few hours to wander around the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District or shop ‘til you drop on Las Olas Boulevard. Then spend the rest of your time at the beach, because, let’s be honest, there’s really nothing like it in the northeast.
Ok, so you could technically drive to Philadelphia. If you’re not a fan of sitting in the car for three to five hours, however, American Airlines is here to save the day with convenient direct flights from Stewart. The trip to PHL will take you a little over an hour, not including check-in time and any potential delays, which means you’ll likely clock in the same number of hours as you would if you opted make the trip by car. Choose your own adventure, Hudson Valley.