A quintessential fall foliage road trip from NYC to slow down and breathe in the crisp mountain air. Last weekend, I went up the Hudson Valley to explore the Rockland County area and it turned out to be just what I needed.
While the Hudson Valley stretches from all the way up to Albany, the beauty of it is that there is a town or village for everyone’s travel style. Because it follows the Hudson River, you can be sure to find gorgeous autumnal views from many vantage points.
On this trip, we made our home base in the Village of Haverstraw within Rockland, which is just about an hour and a half from NYC. On our ride up, we could already spot such beautiful orange and red foliage lining the highway upstate.
Getting There from NYC
Uber – Imagine my surprise when using the ride service was comparable to renting a car. The total from the trip including roundtrip and around our points of interests came out less than the quotes I found for rentals and car sharing daily rates. Plus this worked out perfectly for a girl’s weekender.
Metro North – Perfect option for those of you whom do not drive and long weekends. From Grand Central, take the Hudson Line to Ossining and transfer to the Haverstraw-Ossining ferry across the river (Monday-Friday).
By Car – The classic option whether you rent, car share or have one of your own. It’s an easy drive on the I-87 N if you decide to go up New York State, or take the Palisades Interstate Parkway N if you like to crossover from New Jersey to New York.