Five Travel Destinations for Fall Foliage

Summer can be the perfect time for BBQ’s, picnics, beach vacations and just lounging around in the backyard.  However, since the sun is setting on summer, it’s time to get ready to view the wonderful colors of my second favorite season: fall.  Fall is a season that radiates warm sweaters, knee-high boots, pumpkin spice lattes, and the beautiful colors of the changing leaves.

The best part about living in the Hudson Valley is the ever-changing seasons upper New York has to offer.  From the weather cooling down from the hot summer months, to the leaves changing into a gorgeous array of colors.  Although I’m not a huge fan of winter, I’m a big fan of fall.

I love to explore my lovely valley and take photos of my surroundings.  Taking scenic routes is the best thing about road trips too. It allows you to explore and discover new places.

Fall is the perfect time to take a weekend trip to view the gorgeous fall foliage across the Hudson Valley. With Alamo’s Scenic Route, you can learn about other destinations that have outstanding views. Check out this article to learn about three vacation spots that are perfect for viewing the changing leaves.

I’ve compiled my top 5 nearby travel destinations in my neck of the woods (upper New York) that can be done in one weekend. In the Catskills, peak fall foliage season is during mid-September into early October. Be sure to first plan a trip to the Catskills if you want to check it out.


You’ll want to hit the Catskills first before any other place in the Hudson Valley due to its early peak season.  Pick any spot and you will be blessed with the beauty of fall.

Dutchess Rail Trail

A 13-mile rail trail that stretches from the former Hopewell Junction train depot, north to the Poughkeepsie entrance of the Walkway over the Hudson. It’s a shared use trail open for pedestrians and bicyclers.

Walkway over the Hudson

It’s the world’s longest pedestrian bridge and it’s a 1.25 mile walk through the entire bridge one way.  It runs from Poughkeepsie (Parker Ave.) to the Town of Lloyd (Haviland Rd.) in Highland, N.Y.


Black Creek Preserve

This trail will lead you to some spectacular views of the Hudson River as well as the scenery.

Constitution Marsh Audubon Center & Sanctuary

This is another great location where you can view the beautiful colors of fall. Since the Constitution Marsh Audobon Center is a wildlife preserve, hiking is allowed but visitors must remember that its main purpose is to protect nature and birds.

What is your favorite place to visit in the fall? Let us know and be sure to check out the Alamo’s Scenic Route for more travel tips and ideas!


  1. Oh my goodness, I live for taking in views of fall! It takes a little longer to get there living in the south, but the end of October we will be in full color. I love going a bit north to the mountains where the views are spectacular. As a child, I lived in NYC and remember visiting a farm in the fall where we went apple picking. Such great memories. Hope you enjoy every moment up in your neck of the woods. I’m about to check out the destinations you mentioned of places to go. I’m curious!

    • I’m lucky to live nearby all these places. It’s beyond gorgeous! I just hate that it’s just for a short amount of time. :/ Thanks for visiting!! xoxo

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  3. Shannon Pickin says:

    Beautiful places 🙂

  4. denise low says:

    Thank you for sharing. The scenery is very beautiful.

  5. It;s the one thing I “miss” living in Southern California

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