Fall is in full swing, so now would be a good time to plan a quick getaway from the city and enjoy a family road trip taking you places to see the best autumn vistas resplendent with the warm, bursting color of the fall foliage. In this article we’ve prepared a few suggestions for where to go from New York to catch the best autumn has to offer.
New York State
First let’s look at some ideas for road-trip getaways within New York state:
- North Folk, NY
If farm life is something you like, then North Folk is the place for you. The place features not only farms, but vineyards offering tours and fantastic local produce. Take a look around One Woman Wines and Vineyards, or Sang Lee Farms, which specializes in Asian and heirloom produce (fusion, anyone?).
- Cooperstown, NY
Drive about 4 hours out of the city and you can reach Cooperstown, which is home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Nothing like reveling in the country’s favorite pastime amid the fall colors. Furthermore, why not enjoy some Belgian-style beers with that, courtesy of Brewery Ommegang? It’s the perfect internationalist American fall dream.
- Adirondack Park, NY
If you want to drive a bit further afield and have more places to explore, the Adirondack Park offers the largest wilderness east of the Mississippi. The oval-shaped park spans some 6 million acres of woodlands, meadows, mountains, streams and lakes. In October, Lake Placid holds the Flaming Leaves Festival, the perfect accompaniment to any New York fall getaway.
Around New York
Anyone wanting to venture out of state (but still in the neighborhood) can try the following:
- Maryland Panhandle, MD
You always thought Oklahoma was the panhandle state, but did you know that Maryland comes equipped with its own? It’s home to pristine countryside with awesome forests, deep rivers and charming mountain towns dotted through the landscape. Plan all your activities and you’ll be guaranteed the most beautiful autumn color backdrop to enjoy them in. Don’t miss the Casselman Bridge at Grantsville, a well-liked Amish and Mennonite village.
- Berkshires, MA
Head up to Massachusetts to see some of the most colorful foliage in the region. One spot you can’t miss is the trees between Sheffield and Williamstown along Route 7. If you want to get some action-packed fun in with the kids, try Ramblewild, an adventure park in Lanesborough with an obstacle course, ziplining and more.
Those roads you drive on aren’t just for commuting, you know! Get the family in the car and head out to see what New York and the surrounding region have to offer this fall! You never know when winter will pop its sinister head back around the corner.
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