Hop on your motorcycle and head to Westchester, minutes north of New York City. Cruise along scenic roads and enjoy spectacular fall foliage along the Hudson River and in Westchester’s beautiful countryside, solo or two-up.
- Historic River Towns
Start in Yonkers, follow Warburton Avenue north along the Hudson River, to Hastings-on-Hudson, then take Route 9 North/Broadway and explore the Historic River Towns, including Hastings-on-Hudson, Dobbs Ferry, Irvington, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow.
Each town has parks and areas just to sit and take in the fall beauty. Recommended stops include the Water Grant Street area in Yonkers, River Street in Hastings-on-Hudson, Lyndhurst at 635 S. Broadway in Tarrytown where you can park and enjoy the new Hudson River Walk, and Kingsland Point Park, Sleepy Hollow, which offers great views of the Hudson, the Tappan Zee and the Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse.
Also stop by:
Nathan’s, Route 100/2290 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers 914 779-1800
This is a famous location for Thursday evening motorcycle gatherings – think Marcus Dairy in Danbury!
Candlelight Inn, 519 Central Avenue, Scarsdale 914 472-9706
Eldorado West Diner, Route 9/460 S. Broadway, Tarrytown 914 332-5838
- Motorcycle Shops (Just in Case!)
Hudson Valley Motorcycles, Route 9/179 N. Highland Avenue, Ossining 914 762-2722www.hudsonvalleymotorcycles.com/
Paulding Cycle Shop, 98 W. Post Road, White Plains 914 949-1993
Prestige Motorcycles, Route 119/12A W. Main Street, Elmsford 914 592-2200
American Cycle, 1400 Park Street, Peekskill 914 739-7533
Hunter Motorcycles, 873 Franklin Avenue, Thornwood 914 769-4722
- North to Westchester’s Border, Where Eagles Soar
Continue north on 9/Broadway through Ossining to Croton-on-Hudson. Follow the signs to Croton Point Park, a perfect spot to enjoy autumn leaves along the Hudson River. Follow 9 North/Broadway to Peekskill, take the Louisa Street Exit and follow signs to Riverfront Green Park. Park, walk around, relax and be inspired by the river sights with gorgeous foliage all around you.
Next stop: the Bear Mountain lookout at Westchester’s northern border. Drive north on 9, and, as the road curves around through Peekskill, get in the left lane and follow Route 202/6 over the bridge and around the traffic circle towards Camp Smith. As you drive up to the lookout on this two-lane road, you will be enveloped in trees with their brightest fall colors. The lookout is on your left at the top of the winding road. And don’t be surprised if you see eagles soaring above since this is a well-known eagle viewing spot!
Also stop by:
Table 9, Route 9/6/202 traffic circle,
Cortlandt Manor 914 737-4959
Grandma’s, Route 202/Crompond Road, Yorktown 914 739-7770
- Parks, Reservoirs and Reserves
Reverse your course and, after you cross the bridge, turn left and follow the Bear Mountain Parkway, Route 202 East, through Yorktown, Amawalk and Somers. You will pass Blue Mountain Reserve, Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park and the Amawalk Reservoir – all will surely fulfill your leaf peeping dreams!
At Purdys, take Route 116 toward Salem Center, along the picturesque Titicus Reservoir, and then Route 121 South towards Cross River. At Cross River turn left on to Route 35 East, then follow Route 124 South to Pound Ridge. You will pass by the Ward Pound Ridge Reserve. At Pound Ridge, follow Route 172 to Bedford and then take Route 22 South which takes you through North Castle, Armonk, Thornwood, Hawthorne, Valhalla and into the White Plains area. You will see Byram and Wampus Lakes and the Kensico Reservoir. As you approach White Plains, follow the signs to 287 for points east, west, north and south!