If you're not from around these parts, there are plenty of reasons to visit New York City. After all, it's the greatest city in the world. For us city folk, though, there are just as many reasons to leave the five boroughs.

We don't really want to leave for good, but when the stress of the city starts to bear down on your shoulders, and you're just about ready to tag your boss on the chin for making your life a living hell, it's nice to escape the madness and get ghost for a while.

This weekend, you can either spend two miserable hours on the F train trying to get to a crowded Coney Island, or you can spend that time wisely and head out to some great vacation spots, all within a stone's throw from the city. Whether you're looking for a backcountry adventure for some much-needed R&R, or just a weekend retreat on the beach with your honey, escaping the city's heat, filth and endless supply of tourists is as easy as hoping in a car or train and leaving it all behind—even if it's just for 36 hours. It's time to hit the road: These are 10 Weekend Getaways Less Than 2 Hours From NYC.

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