Everyone’s obsession with fall is about to hit its peak, and (admit it) you’ve been counting the days to cooler weather and warmer drinks. Between watching “When Harry Met Sally” and “Hocus Pocus” on repeat, you’ll want to get outside before the fleeting, but perfectly crisp fall weather disappears. Sure, Central Park is beautiful in autumn, but sometimes you want to escape the city, even if just for a day. We’ve picked out five getaway spots to enjoy the beautiful colors of fall foliage. Get your Instagram hashtags ready.
In New Windsor, N.Y., is a 500-acre sculpture park filled with native plants and wildlife. Wander outside and see more than 100 different sculptures, along with the bright oranges, yellows, and reds of fall. If you happen to be a member, join the harvest party and fall foliage tour on Oct. 25 for an extra dose of fall fun. Storm King is a little more than an hour outside of New York City, and there are plenty of ways to travel there. Coach USA offers two different day trip packages that leave from the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 42nd St. and 8th Ave. You can also hop on the Metro-North at Grand Central Terminal and head to the Beacon station. You can either call a taxi or use a ZipCar to complete the last leg of the journey.
Fall enthusiasts will immediately put Masker Orchards on their to-do list. Not only can you bask in the beauty of fall colors, but you can also find out the perfect pumpkin, pick apples, and indulge in apple cider doughnuts. The trip out to this Warwick, N.Y., orchard takes about an hour and 40 minutes to complete, but it’s a fairly straightforward journey. Hop on the 196 Warwick Skyline Express at the Port Authority Bus Terminal and ride that until you reach the Warwick Park & Ride. You’ll then walk less than a mile to the orchard and the pure bliss of apple cider.
Travel to Westbury, N.Y., to visit the former estate of a steel fortune heir. The grounds include formal gardens, a lake, a pond, and woodlands. Everywhere you look trees will be sporting gorgeous fall foliage. If you want to add some hiking to your day trip, the trek to Old Westbury Gardens will be right up your alley. Take the Port Jefferson train out of Penn Station to Westbury. From there, you will take the n35 bus to Post Ave./Castle Ave. The gardens are approximately 45 minutes on foot away from there.
If you’re missing the quintessential back-to-school feel of fall, head to New Jersey to wander Princeton University’s campus. Enjoy the Ivy League school’s beautiful buildings, many of the examples of Gothic architecture, while strolling paths lined with trees changing from green to the vibrant and warm colors of fall. You can get to Princeton is about an hour and a half from New York. Take NJ Transit’s Northeast Corridor Service to the Princeton Junction Station. From there, the delightful ‘Dinky’ shuttle and a short walk will deliver you to the campus.
Along the Hudson River, offers unencumbered views of vivid fall foliage. Step inside this art museum to see paintings, sculpture, photographs, and multimedia exhibits done by artists such as Andy Warhol and Bridget Riley. Take the Hudson line from Grand Central to the Beacon station and the art museum is just a short walk away.