New York City and the surrounding areas have reached peak fall foliage season, which means there are only a few more weeks to take in the brilliant reds and golds. Fortunately, New Yorkers have many options for “leaf peeping,” including these destinations that can be reached without a car:
Central Park: Of course, the easiest way for Manhattanizes to see fall colors is to head to the 843 acres of green space on their own island. Cover the most ground on the park’s bike trails. If you don’t have your own bike, you can rent one for two hours with this $22 Local Deal, including a bike, map, helmet, basket and lock.
Hudson River: Take the Metro-North Hudson Line to the picturesque towns that dot the Hudson’s east shore, such as Tarrytown and Cold Spring. From these towns, you can hike trails like Mount Taurus, shop boutiques and antiques, or sample sips at local breweries.
For a unique vantage point of the changing leaves, take New York Water Taxi’s Hudson River fall foliage cruise, which departs from Lower Manhattan and includes hot cider, sandwiches, wraps, salads and desserts. Tickets are currently $49 on Travelzoo, regularly $85.
Long Island: No need to head upstate – Long Island boasts a plethora of forest preserves, state parks and wildlife sanctuaries for this season’s leaf peeping. Check out these recommendations for the best spots on the island for fall foliage. Afterward, tuck into a beachy-chic room in the former whaling town of Sag Harbor, reachable by the Hampton Jitney bus along with other Long Island cities. Forever Bungalows is offering rooms this season for $99 per night, regularly $275.
For those who do have access to a vehicle, expand your foliage search farther north with these deals for hotels and inns in the Northeast.