People travel the world to see the fall foliage of the Northeastern United States. I highly recommend taking your first day trip to the Hudson River during September. Rent a car and drive up 9W for the most scenic views. Pack a picnic and step outside your city-slicker comfort zone to do some hiking.
Climb to the top of Bear Mountain. Then stop to take in the fresh air and snack on your picnic. You might see some wildlife too! Squirrels and chipmunks are quite friendly when there are snacks to be had. And if you're lucky (?) you might spot a Black Bear. Hudson Highland State Park is on the adjacent side of the Hudson River. It boasts climbing Breakneck Ridge as one of the top hikes in the U.S. As I mentioned before, I'm not much of an outdoorsy person and I was able to comfortably hike many of the trails.
Black Rock Forest in the Hudson Highlands has my favorite hiking trails as they are far less crowded and equally as beautiful. Much of the time you feel as if you have the forest to yourself. How romantic!
|all photos my own|