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03 November 2014

A Christmas Road Trip

New York and the festive period go together like turkey and cranberries. Whether it’s the ice rink at the Rockefeller Center, the window displays outside Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s or the New Year’s celebration on Times Square, this is a city synonymous with the season of goodwill. As such, it’s the perfect starting point for this three-hour, 130-mile winter adventure out across Long Island. Driving in the USA has always provided obvious contenders for memorable holiday routes, and this highway expedition across to the classy Hamptons is tried and tested. Expect lights, decorations and an enduring Christmas atmosphere.

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  • New York

    Any road trip beginning in the heart of the Big Apple is going to be an impressive one, but being in among its parks and skyscrapers as New Year’s Eve approaches makes the experience all the richer. You may well want to be here on December 31st itself, to witness, in Times Square, the countdown to midnight as fireworks bang and blaze above the city’s world-famed skyline. When the drive begins, the road leads first across the Robert F Kennedy Bridge and through the diverse borough of Queens. Then you’ll be heading out along the Long Island Expressway, before steering north to beach-lined Glen Cove.

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  • Glen Cove

    Renowned for its golf course, its yacht club and its appearance in films like North by Northwest and Batman Forever, the coastal settlement of Glen Cove is a Long Island treasure. Sitting just 30 miles or so from the Empire State Building, it feels a world away from the yellow-cab hubbub of the city – it forms part of the northern shoreline that was immortalised in The Great Gatsby. The town also has a long Native American history that can be explored at Garvies Point Museum. From Glen Cove it’s back onto the Expressway, where you’ll continue until the easy-going hamlet of East Quogue.

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  • East Quogue

    Originally called Fourth Neck when it was settled in the late 1600s, East Quogue (it’s pronounced “Kwog”) is surrounded by serene winter bays and open farmland. A location at the eastern end of Long Island means it’s often referred to as “The Gateway to The Hamptons”, and its setting on the Atlantic inlet of Shinnecock Bay gives it plenty of seasonal atmosphere. Heading east, the road then leads onto the island’s South Fork, where you’ll reach the much-fêted Hamptons.

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  • The Hamptons

    Long a magnet for New York high society, the fashionable hamlets and villages collectively known as The Hamptons make for a stylish place to celebrate the New Year. You’ll be driving past some of the USA’s most expensive real estate, and once you’ve fantasised over that dream move there’s much to enjoy in the way of stylish restaurants, shopping boutiques and windswept beaches.

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  • Montauk

    Finish your trip at the headland town of Montauk, where a climb up the 18th-century lighthouse will be rewarded by far-reaching winter views across the ocean. With a refreshingly relaxed sense of style, Montauk is a trendy alternative to an escape from the busy city.

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