4. Palisades Interstate Park

Everyday a multitude of cars drive on Palisades Interstate Parkway without realizing that to their side, along the ravines overlooking the Hudson River, a park has existed since the early 20th century. Located across the Hudson River starting from the George Washington Bridge, Palisades Interstate Park consists of 12 miles and 2,500 acres of cliffs, shore front, hiking trails and a biking road. Currently the park is accessible by bike or car via the George Washington Bridge, or by bus, which frequently departs from Port Authority. During the Fall, the meandering road that runs the length of the park is bordered by thick, colorful trees. With numerous scenic lookouts, the park is a great spot for picnicking, biking, paddling, hiking, or walking.