If you never got around to planning a summer break, there are plenty of beaches, mountains, vineyards and amusement parks you can explore, all within driving distance of Long Island. Here are a few trips for the last-minute planner with a car.
If a rustic vacation by a cool Adirondack lake appeals, head to a camp or cottage compound in upstate New York, where you can fish, canoe or just sit on the shore and contemplate nature. Canvas tents at Camp Orenda (camporenda.com, 347-287-7359, $190 for adults, $100 for children per night) are outfitted with beds, linens and towels. Wood-burning stoves in each cabin come with stacked firewood. Three meals a day are provided by the staff, who cook by a campfire and pack lunches for daytime excursions. On-site activities include kayaking, archery, fishing, swimming, and arts and crafts for kids.