Searching for the perfect place to experience the joys that autumn has to offer? Look no further than New York’s Hudson Valley. The ideal destination for your fall vacation rental, the Hudson Valley offers an enchanting mix of beautiful fall foliage, fascinating history, and entertaining fall festivals.
The full experience of fall in the Hudson Valley starts with the vibrant oranges, reds, and golds of autumn leaves. The leaves will generally begin changing colors in September, with the peak coming in the last few weeks of October. The region is full of parks, bridges, and other scenic spots where you can take in the gorgeous colors.
Minnewaska State Park
Enjoy 50 miles of footpaths, beautiful forests, picturesque lakes, and multiple waterfalls in Minnewaska State Park. Rock climbing is a major attraction at this breathtaking park, located on the Shawangunk Mountain Ridge. It’s a perfect place for leaf peeping.
The world’s longest elevated pedestrian bridge provides some of the most dramatic sightseeing opportunities in the Hudson Valley. A 1.28-mile walk from one side to the other, you’ll be treated to stunning, panoramic views of the changing fall colors.
If you’re interested in American history, the Hudson Valley contains quite a few places with great historical significance. Several of these sites are particularly enjoyable to visit during the fall season.
A National Historical Park, this obelisk commemorates the Battle of Saratoga, a turning point in the American Revolutionary War. Climb the stairs to the top of this 155-foot monument and enjoy a 360-degree view of the Hudson Valley in all of its splendor.
Located on Pollepel Island, the dramatic ruins of Bannerman Castle are a must-visit. Explore over two miles of tunnels on your own, or take a combination cruise and walking tour that explores nearly everything the island has to offer, from the residence to the gardens to the lovely scenery.
Your celebration of the changing of the seasons wouldn’t be complete without partaking in the Hudson Valley’s fall festival season. Sip on apple cider and experience some local color at these unique autumnal celebrations.
The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze
A walk-through art exhibition displaying thousands of carved, illuminated pumpkins, the Jack O’Lantern Blaze is truly a can’t-miss event. Prepare to be astonished by the creativity on display as you stroll along the roughly half-mile trail.
Flaming Leaves Festival
This ski-jumping event takes place over two days and includes live music, crafts, and food. Take a trip to the top of the ski jump yourself, and you’ll be treated to an amazing view of the Adirondacks and the fall foliage in full force in every direction.
No matter which of these attractions you choose for your itinerary, you’re certain to be in for a treat. Book your vacation rental now and start making preparations to experience fall in the Hudson Valley.