Don’t Miss: Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, Headless Horseman Bridge, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
What to Eat: Lefteris Gyro, Bridge View Tavern & Beer Garden, Sweet Grass Grill
Where to Stay: Castle Hotel & Spa (luxury), Sleepy Hollow Hotel (mid-range), Budget Motor Inn (budget)
Weather Avg: 65° / 46° F
It’s best known as the setting of Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, so naturally, October is the best time to visit! Since peak foliage starts earlier in the Hudson Valley than NYC, you’ll get a chance to appreciate all the colors.
They also have festivals and events that celebrate Halloween and the fall season. Don’t miss the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze with over 7,000 hand-carved pumpkins.
We really wanted to go while we lived in NYC, but we planned too late, and tickets sold out before we knew it. In other words, get them ASAP.
Entrance Fee: $6 per vehicle
Boat Tour: $20 for adults, $12 for kids
When we turned into Myakka River State Park, it felt like we entered a scene from Jurrasic Park (cue the opening theme song – yes, we were singing it). As we kept driving, we were surprised by the sheer size of the park.
Florida has nearly 200 state parks, and Myakka River State Park is one of Florida’s largest covering 37,000 acres.
During our visit, we went on a boat tour where we saw a bunch of gators, including a baby gator, and various birds.
There’s also a picturesque canopy walkway we were planning on checking out but then got distracted by the flower fields in bloom.
The boat tours run at 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, and 5 pm. Tickets are first-come, first-served.
During our visit, we were hosted by Bear Camp Cabins. Our cabin, the Amazing View Lodge, was conveniently located just 20 minutes from both Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg and was central to all of our adventures.
We loved that they have a variety of lodging styles, from motel rooms right on the Pigeon Forge Parkway, to cabins that can sleep up to 30+ people. Soon, Bear Camp Cabins will also have unique treehouse rentals. We’ll definitely come back to check these out!
The modern log cabin was cozy and well-kept, which was especially important to us during a pandemic. We could tell that Bear Camp Cabins really took care of their properties. Beautiful natural light spilled into every bedroom, and of course, the view was nothing short of spectacular.
We loved the big balconies where we sat outside and enjoyed our morning coffee before heading out. There was also plenty of space for activities including a hot tub, pool table, an arcade game console, and even a movie theatre.
Other cabins have different unique features, like this one with an indoor pool, and this one that has a basketball court. Bear Camp Cabins have a broad selection of cabins that are perfect for a small gathering of friends, large family reunions, or even business trips.
We recommend reserving your cabin or room directly through Bear Camp Cabins, which is cheaper than booking through external booking sites.
Things You Can’t Miss: Thanksgiving Parade, Bryant Park Winter Village, Ice Skating
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Where to Stay: Luxury, Mid-Range, Budget, Search Nearby Airbnbs
Weather Avg: 55° / 42° F
For a classic fall and Thanksgiving experience, NYC is perfect. Unlike many fall destinations, the peak fall foliage tends to be later, typically in mid-November. You can see also see the amazing floats from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Also, if you love Christmas, you’ll be able to catch all the holiday festivities as the holiday decor starts to go up and winter activities get into full swing.
Events: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, NYC Marathon, Lighting at Rockefeller Center, Bronx Zoo Holiday Light Show