Sometimes you need to get away. But if you don’t have time to hit the road for a long trip or jet away to a distant location, there’s always the option of a day trip. Luckily, our state is flush with a variety of trips to suit any taste, all close enough to head out and make it back home in the same day. You want history, arts and culture? We have world-class museums, one of the finest centers of antiquing anywhere, and even a castle. How about an adventure on the water? There are great beaches, riverboat cruises and tubing in the rapids. Are you more of a city slicker? We have you covered, including one urban center that might surprise you. So gas up the car, fire up the GPS and get ready for one heck of a trip.

The senior writer at Connecticut Magazine, Erik is the co-author of Penguin Random House’s “The Good Vices” and author of “Buzzed” and “Gillette Castle.” He is also an adjunct professor at WCSU’s MFA Program and Quinnipiac University

Mike Wollschlager, editor and writer for Connecticut Magazine, was born and raised in Bristol and has lived in Farmington, Milford, Shelton and Wallingford. He was previously an assistant sports editor at the New Haven Register.