While it’s hard to beat a leisurely stroll around Prospect Park and Central Park during peak foliage season, we love to head north—yes, all the way past Yonkers, people—to a land where apples grow on trees, a “hike” doesn’t mean getting from South Brooklyn to Queens on public transportation, and the farm-to-table restaurants are actually on farms. So grab your flannel and get ready for fresh air (in less than two hours from the city); you’re going on an autumn adventure!
HIKING AND VINYL BROWSING IN NEW PALTZ
Do you love Wiener schnitzel, farfalle, and hiking? This one-day vacay is for you!
1 hour and 50 minutes by car from midtown Manhattan.
A BOHEMIAN ROMP IN BEACON
If modern art, bookstores, and breweries are more your fall bag, head to this Brooklyn-beloved town on the Hudson River.
1 hour and 40 minutes by car from midtown Manhattan; 1 hour and 30 minutes by Metro-North train from Grand Central.
PICK APPLES IN NORTH SALEM
If it’s not fall for you without way too many apples, enjoy the rugged beauty of the orchards here.
1 hour and 30 minutes by car from midtown Manhattan.
PEEP LEAVES (AND IVY!) IN NEW HAVEN
Want to pretend like you’re back in college and eat really good pizza while you’re there? This plan is in your league.
1 hour and 45 minutes by car from midtown Manhattan; 2 hours by Metro-North train from Grand Central.