Ocean City, N.J.
Travel time: 1hr
What to bring: A significant other and an imagination
Best for: Sun seekers
Ocean City took quite a hit from Sandy last year. But it has rebounded nicely to reestablish itself as one of the best east coast beach towns in the tri-state area. The sandy beaches are the main attraction, but there's something for everyone out here. Hit the open sea for an afternoon swim, or board a vessel for some whale watching. Better yet, hit the boardwalk to catch the sunset and reflect. Grab some brews and enjoy the respite from city life—at least for a weekend, anyway.