HAWTHORNE, N.J. -- With fall foliage in full display, now is the perfect time to pack the car and go for an old-fashioned Sunday drive. The Palisades Parkway in New York and New Jersey offers motorists a chance to enjoy the natural beauty of the Hudson River Valley a mere miles from New York City.
Conceived in 1928 and finally opened to the public in 1950, the Palisades Parkway winds 42 miles from the George Washington Bridge to the Bear Mountain Bridge. Built along the Hudson River, the parkway's natural beauty inspired the National Parks Service to designate the road a National Landmark in 1998.
Heading northbound on the parkway, motorists can pull over at Roosevelt Lookout and take in the view. To the south, the New York skyline and George Washington Bridge is clearly visible. The pull-off can be found roughly a mile north of Exit 1 on the Palisades Parkway.
Two miles beyond Roosevelt is Alpine Lookout, which is situated directly across the river from Yonkers. Here, motorists can take in the more that 180 degree panorama of the ancient Palisades cliffs and the surrounding wilderness.
To make a day trip, pack a picnic lunch, blankets and jackets and enjoy an afternoon driving one of America's most scenic byways.