A crisp, clear autumn day practically begs for a trip into the countryside, where trees are bursting into brilliant shades of yellows, oranges and reds. The peak leaf season in the northeast typically lasts from mid September through late October, so now’s the time to start planning the perfect getaway. Whether you want to pack a picnic for the day or pack your bags for the night, here’s our guide to some of the best fall foliage within four hours of NYC.

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