It’s time to start planning your October weekends! The east coast is picture-perfect during the fall months. Living in New York City, it can be tricky to get out of the city to enjoy the crisp, nature of the season (especially without a set of wheels).

These car-free fall trips will ensure you make the most of Autumn!

For leaf-peeping…

1. Bronx River Pathway, NY – 40 minutes by train

Perfect for leaf-peeping and hiking, the Bronx River Pathway holds a high reputation for fall foliage.

Go to Grand Central Terminal, take the 545 train to North White Plains and get off at the Hartsdale stop.

2. Newtown, PA – 1.5 hours by train

Tyler State Park is a great place for hiking for all skill levels. Enjoy the creek and the trees with the whole family.

Take the AmTrak from Penn Station to Trenton Station. Grab a taxi for a 20-minute drive to the park.

3. Hudson Valley, NY – 2 hours by train

Head into Poughkeepsie to walk across the Walkway Over the Hudson, the World’s Longest Elevated Pedestrian Bridge. While there take pictures of the beautiful Mid-Hudson Bridge, surrounded by colorful leaves.

Take the train to Poughkeepsie from Grand Central Station. Car-free life has never been easier!


For apple & pumpkin picking…

4. Alstede Farms, Chester, NJ – 1.5 hours by train

The well-loved farm has everything you need for all of your fall photos. Instagrammers love the sunflowers, apple orchard, and pumpkin patch. Get your fall fix with this one-stop spot.

Take New Jersey Transit to Gladstone Station and then take the historic Chester courtesy coach to Alstede Farms.

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5. Masker Orchards, Warwick, NY – 1.5 hours by bus

Masker Orchards is a family-favorite for most people. People love their apple-cider doughnuts, but get there early to make sure you get one before they sell out! Also in the area are a few cute wineries and Bellvale Farms Creamery (which has THE BEST ice cream according to Yelpers).

Take the 196 Warwick Skyline Exp. bus from Port Authority to Warwick. A taxi may be needed from the station to the orchard.

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For a weekend trip…

6. Stonington, CT – 3 hours by train

Stonington is known for its pretty coastlines and array of vineyards. What’s better for a warm autumn weekend than wine and the water? The serenity of Stonington is a short way away from the popular Mystic Seaport.

Take the Northeast Regional Amtrak train to Mystic Station from Penn Station.

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7. Salem, MA – 4.5 hours by train

For a perfect fall-weekend trip, visit the spookiest town in American history. Salem hosts tons of scary, witch-themed events throughout October. The streets and colorful leaves alone are enough to get you in the spirit of Halloween.

Take the Acela Express from Penn Station to Back Bay Station. Then get on the Orange Line to Haymarket. Walk to North Station and take the Newbury/Rockport line 30 minutes to Salem. It’s totally worth it!

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