Fall is upon us and we’re really only excited about one thing: gorgeous foliage. As summer ends and the leaves change New York gets a little more colorful. There are so many places to experience leaf-peeping season, so here are four haute scenic routes to take it all in.
If you want to feel totally removed from city situations, this is your option. The foliage here is untouched and spans as far as the eye can see. There isn’t a skyscraper or Starbucks in sight. This mountain range is massive and there are so many routes you can go, making it the ultimate route if you just wanted to get out and drive. Make sure you make a pit stop to get outside and take a breath of fresh fall air.
About ninety miles north of New York City lives the charming rural town of Rosendale. The 6,000 people who inhabit this area get to experience the beautiful nature that exists there every single day. From the Rondout Creek, Wallkill River, Joppenburgh Mountain and Shawangunk Ridge there are plenty of picturesque settings to enjoy the colorful fall leaves. It’s a quick way to get away and be one with the nature of fall.
You’ve probably never heard of High Falls in Ulster County, New York. At the 2010 census it was reported that only 627 people live there. Which actually is an amazing thing, because you can go and experience a drive through the beautiful fall foliage without the worry of noisy neighbors. It’s also awesome because it has beautiful waterfalls. So while you sit and enjoy fall colors you can also listen to the calming sound of rushing water.
There are very few people who would drive somewhere to talk a walk, especially in New York. If you’re adventurous and appreciate the aesthetics of a truly good walk, you need to check out the walkway over the Hudson. There are many trails you can take leading up to the bridge, including scenic routes through Dutchess County and Higland. This option really incorporates all the beautiful elements of fall.