The Perfect Fall Road Trip in New York!

Fall is a perfect time for a weekend trip, with the leaves changing color and so many festivities happening around the state. This two-day fall road trip covers some excellent destinations from Tarrytown to Highland Falls, making it a great start to exploring the Hudson Valley.

1. Muddy Water Coffee & Café, Tarrytown, NY

The first destination is Tarrytown, where you can take a quick coffee break or linger on the couches at Muddy Water Coffee & Café. The little shop has a cozy, pleasant atmosphere, strong coffee, and light pastries.

2. Tarrytown Lakes Park, Tarrytown, NY

This park provides some truly breathtaking views, especially during the fall. This 72-acre preserve features bike paths, walking trails, and plenty of opportunity to observe birds. 

3. The Twisted Oak, Tarrytown, NY

After the farm, grab a table downtown at the Twisted Oak. Reap the benefits of the attention to detail that goes into this restaurant’s locally sourced, farm-to-table New American cuisine.

4. Rockefeller State Park Preserve

After lunch, 1,400 acres of pristine, historic hills are yours to explore, thanks to the generosity of the Rockefeller family, who has donated much of it to New York State. Spend the afternoon hiking, horseback riding, and birdwatching at your leisure.

5. Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze & Horseman’s Hollow, Croton-on-Hudson, NY

In the mood for some Halloween fun after dark? The popular Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze in Croton-on-Hudson will dazzle with elaborate installations made entirely out of Jack O’Lanterns—think huge, glowing pumpkin tunnels, full-size pumpkin dragons, and a “Pumpkin Zee Bridge.” Looking for something spooky? Then you must experience Horseman’s Hollow, a live reenactment of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow in Philipsburg Manor (a 1600s estate in the town where the story was set).

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6. The Park, Highland Falls, NY

With a motto like “Good food, good friends, and a good place to be,” the Park makes for an authentic, down-home experience. It’s time to fill up your belly after a long day. Check out their “Late Night Fare” menu which includes options such as the “Park burger” made with an eight-ounce patty and topped with a homemade potato pancake, bacon, and American cheese.

7. Thayer Hotel, West Point, NY

This gorgeous hotel overlooking the Hudson makes for a wonderful place to stay the night in the fall. You will be surrounding by dazzling foliage situated in the Hudson Valley. For a really luxurious experience, check out their comfortable suites. 

8. Thayer Gate Deli and Café, Highland Falls, NY

Rise and shine! Start off your day with a hearty breakfast sandwich before you continue your journey. Their two eggs with cheese sandwich is just $3 on a roll, and will surely fill you up. Looking for something heartier? Try their two eggs, cheese, and angus burger sandwich. 

9. Harriman State Park

This state park is bursting with color come fall. Harriman features 200 miles of hiking trails, 31 lakes, two beaches, two public camping areas, and much more. This is a sight to see when the leaves start to change. 

10. Apple Ridge Orchards, Warwick, NY

Dubbed “New York’s most scenic orchard,” you truly could not find a better place to wrap up your road trip. Stock up on fresh fruits at Apple Ridge Orchards before you head home. 

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