How to Take a Scenic Fall Foliage Trip on Amtrak
You can experience fall foliage in all its glory by taking a ride onboard Amtrak’s Autumn Express.
The historic train ride will take passengers through the Hudson River Valley, showcasing some of New York and New Jersey’s charming towns while also offering views of the changing colors of the season.
Running on Saturday, October 14, and Sunday, October 15, the train will depart from New York’s Penn Station and pass underneath of the Hudson River before stopping in Newark.
The train will also head toward Jersey City, giving passengers views of the New York Harbor, before heading back north and traveling along the west bank of the Hudson River to give you a ride full of mesmerizing views.
Along the way, highlights include the Bear Mountain Bridge, the Poughkeepsie Bridge, and Storm King Mountain.
As the train heads inland, it passes through the Catskills, where leaves turns into a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors in the fall, as well as through New York’s town of Athens and village of Ravena.
There’s plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, as the train will also make a 112-mile descent along the eastern shores of the Hudson River, where passengers can catch a glimpse of Bannerman’s Castle on Pollepel Island.
To book a ticket, head to Amtrak's website and select either “New York-Penn Station, NY (NYP)” or “Newark, NJ (NWK)” for the departure and the "Autumn Express-Excursion Train , NYU (AXP) as the arrival station, with either October 14 or 15 as the departure date.
Tickets cot $169 for adults and include both a boxed lunch and a souvenir tote bag with a commemorative lapel pin. Children ages 2-12 can ride for half price.