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Fall getaways near NYC that are accessible by train or bus

New York City is known for many things, but it's not exactly a destination for nature enthusiasts (though we’re not complaining).

Sure, the concrete jungle offers plenty of fall fun, but to truly enjoy the changing leaves and crisp, fresh air, you may have to head out of your neighborhood.

Fear not: Plenty of outdoor adventures are just a train or bus ride away from the city.

Grab your cameras and head out to these spots to get your perfect, Instagram-worthy fall photos.

Explore the historic town of Mystic Seaport, Connecticut

You may think Mystic Seaport is only a
Photo Credit: Mystic Seaport

You may think Mystic Seaport is only a summer destination for weekend travels, but this Connecticut town is pretty gorgeous in the fall. Head to the seaport and hop on a historical ship for both autumnal and water views. Or, take a scenic stroll through 17 acres of an outdoor village that's been recreated to look as it did in the 19th century.

How to get there: Take an Amtrak train from Penn Station to Mystic Station (approximately 2 hours, 35 minutes).

Go apple picking in Warwick, New York

Head to Warwick, New York, to partake in
Photo Credit: Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery

Head to Warwick, New York, to partake in a classic fall activity -- apple picking. Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery grows more than 65 kinds of apples, and you can pick your own on weekdays from noon to 5 p.m. and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Grab a basket and pick a bushel, but don't forget to snap a photo for your Instagram feed.

How to get there: Take the NJ Transit buses Nos. 196 or 197 from Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan (approximately 1.5 hours)

Camp out at Harriman State Park in New York

Nothing guarantees perfect nature shots like a trip
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Nothing guarantees perfect nature shots like a trip to a state park. Harriman State Park offers more than 200 miles of hiking trails, perfect for completely immersing yourself in the great outdoors. Camping enthusiasts will find plenty of campgrounds, cottages and cabins for overnight trips. For more information, visit nysparks.com.

How to get there: Take a Metro North train from Grand Central to Tuxedo station, where a shuttle runs to the park until Oct. 31. Or, take a train from Penn Station to Secaucus Junction, and transfer to the Port Jervis line. This line goes directly to the Suffern and Sloatsburg stations, both with access to the park (approximately one hour).

Hike through the Catskills in New York

Spend a weekend hiking with friends in the
Photo Credit: www.GreatNorthernCatskills.com

Spend a weekend hiking with friends in the Catskills to truly enjoy the spectacular seasonal views. You can walk along a converted rail trail or admire the mountain's many waterfalls.

How to get there: Take an Amtrak train from Penn Station to Hudson, New York, or take Metro-North's Hudson line to Poughkeepsie, where you can access the Catskills trails by rental car or taxi (approximately 3 hours).

Take the Circle Line Bear Mountain Cruise in New York

Imagine all the different backdrops a cruise up
Photo Credit: Circle Line

Imagine all the different backdrops a cruise up the Hudson River in the fall would provide for your Instagram feed? Circle Line's Oktoberfest-themed Bear Mountain Cruise, running on weekends through Nov. 6, departs from Manhattan and heads up the Hudson River for two-and-a-half hours, providing picture-perfect views of the shoreline in all its autumnal glory. The cruise stops at Bear Mountain State Park, where you can enjoy even more fall foliage along the park's hiking trails and lake for about three hours. You can also order a picnic lunch ahead of time through the cruise line. The cruise lasts nine hours and costs $65 for adults, $52 for children aged 3-12 and $62 for seniors.

How to get there: Circle Line cruises leave from Pier 83 on West 42nd Street in Manhattan.

Hunter Mountain zip line

If you'd like to add a bit of
Photo Credit: New York Zipline Adventure Tours

If you'd like to add a bit of thrill-seeking to your fall foliage trip, then Hunter Mountain is your destination. Take in all that autumn in New York has to offer while flying through the air or perched atop a tower 600 feet above the ground. New York Zipline Adventure Tours offers three different options for taking in the fall foliage depending on your skill level.

How to get there: Take a Trailways bus from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan to Hunter Windham (approximately 2.5 hours).

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