Fall is the perfect time to take weekend trip and get out of the city to enjoy nature and reconnect as a family. The weather is cool and crisp, the kids have a few school breaks, and the foliage is something to behold. When planning your fall getaway, the first step is to choose a destination and the second is to book your rental car, van, or SUV. Fortunately, your friends at Empire Rent A Car can help you with both steps. Here is a list of our favorite weekend getaway destinations near NYC.
Elk Lake Lodge
If you’re seeking a digital detox, Elk Lake Lodge should be on your radar. This family-owned property is immersed in a 12,000-acre forest high in the Adirondacks. Many activities revolve around pristine Elk Lake with its 30 scattered islands and many coves and inlets to explore. Grab a kayak or canoe, jump in for a late-season swim, or fish for speckled trout. Low-key activities include hiking, watching the leaves change colors next to the sparkling water, catching frogs, and helping to ring the dinner bell at 6 pm.
The Catskill Mountains offer fall outdoor options like biking, hiking, fishing, kayaking, and zip-lining, with phenomenal leaf peeping to sweeten the deal. The Roxbury, a funky boutique motel where each room boasts its own whimsical thematic design, is a far cry from the traditional, rustic Catskills mountain resort. The attention to detail will knock your socks off. Book “Genie’s Bottle”, inspired by the television show I Dream of Jeannie and enjoy the spherical bathroom with its Japanese soaking tub. The historic town of Roxbury is fun for a walk, or take in the foliage on a train ride with the Delaware and Ulster Railroad, which departs from a historic depot in Roxbury.
Pine Ridge Dude Ranch
Just 90 miles from New York City, Pine Ridge Dude Ranch offers an off-the-beaten path experience, with all-inclusive convenience. You’ll see fall foliage from a unique viewpoint here: on horseback, as a trail ride is included in stays for all visitors ages 9+. Younger buckaroos can enjoy pony rides daily. If equines aren’t your thing, consider all the other activities the ranch has to offer, from fishing to rock wall climbing, swimming, a petting zoo, and more.
Once you have chosen your destination, contact Empire Rent A Car to book a reliable and affordable vehicle rental for your trip. Call (800) 750-8782 for more information or to make a reservation or book online anytime.