Mid-October is a magical time of year in Upstate New York and with the foliage in peak form, here's my personal itinerary recommendation for that Upstate day trip you've been planning.
1. Drive Through Harriman State Park
Harriman is the second largest state park in New York and is home to Seven Lakes Drive, where you can take in beautiful lake-side views with your friends, family, or significant other. Leisurely drive through winding roads, discover hidden streams and waterfalls, or go hiking on the Appalachian Trail. Oh and Bear Mountain State Park is right next door (drive up Perkins Memorial Drive to the top of the mountain and make sure to put your camera in panoramic mode - it's quite the view).
2. Visit Cold Spring, New York
From Harriman State Park, go east and as you cross the Bear Mountain Bridge, turn left onto Route 9D and make your way to Cold Spring, New York in Putnam County - a historic village that sits on the eastern banks of the Hudson River. Once you find parking, buy some ice cream from Moo Moo creamery, find a bench overlooking the river and enjoy life as you take in those epic Hudson River Valley views. Take a stroll along their Main Street and enjoy their quaint shops.
3. Have a Picnic at West Point
Directly across from Cold Spring is the infamous United States Military Academy at West Point, home to America's future military leaders. Established in 1778 as a key military base during the Revolutionary War, West Point is strategically located on scenic high ground overseeing the Hudson River. Make sure to bring photo ID and tell security that you're visiting "Trophy Point", an overlook point with the best view of the Hudson River valley. Bring a picnic basket and enjoy!
4. Go Apple Picking
New York is known as "The Big Apple" and is home to many orchards in Rockland, Westchester, Putnam, and Orange County. My personal favorite to visit is Dr. Davies Farm in Congers, NY - just an hour away from Midtown. Perched between the Hudson River, DeForest Lake, and the Palisade Cliffs provides your apple picking experience with scenic views. Buy your apples by the bag, make sure to grab some cider donuts, and end your day with some apple pie.