The best road trips to take from NYC

Granite cliffs meet the Atlantic Ocean and Colonial Revival cottages line the quiet streets in this city. Walk along the Shore Path, which hugs the chocolate-box coastline and runs from the Town Pier toward Mountain Desert Island. Then sample something sweet at Mount Desert Island Ice Cream (7 Firefly Ln, Bar Harbor, ME; 207-801-4007, mdiic.com)—just look for a bench painted a Victorian-y shade of purple.