Palisades Scenic Byway Through New Jersey offers An Incredible 83-Mile Scenic Adventure That Ends With A Stunning View
For those in the New York and New Jersey area, there’s one absolutely beautiful drive that offers so many potential stops for thrills and fun. We’re talking about the Palisades Scenic Byway, a drive that takes you through both states and features one of the most stunning natural sights in the area: the shockingly steep waterfront cliffs known as the Palisades.
With our itinerary (and these handy Google Maps directions), you can soak up the natural beauty of the drive as well as explore hidden gem areas along the way. It all leads to one of the best hikes in New Jersey! In total, this drive will cover about 83 miles and take under two hours to complete – although you’ll be spending plenty of time at each stop. This drive takes you along the Palisades, which are steep cliffs along the west side of the lower Hudson River in northeastern New Jersey and southern New York in the United States.
We'll start off in one of the most iconic places in the world: New York City.
Before you start your drive, you can fuel up and grab an amazing bagel here. Admire the hustle and bustle of NYC before saying goodbye — we're leaving it all behind. Drive on the George Washington Bridge over to New Jersey and take in the skyline views on the way.
The State Line Lookout is the perfect place to admire both New York and New Jersey. You'll get an eyeful of these stunning cliffs.
The best time to head over to the State Line Lookout is definitely fall. The colorful explosion of leaves is a sight that'll make your jaw drop. The changing leaves make the Palisades even more striking and beautiful than usual.
It's time for an off-roading adventure. We're going to head a little deeper into New Jersey toward one of its best state forests.
We're heading toward Norvin Green State Forest, where you'll truly veer off the paved path. Buckle up because the terrain here can be a bit bumpy. This forested area is known for its challenging and uphill drives, so you'll be best equipped in a vehicle like the rugged Nissan Pathfinder. You'll love exploring the lush scenery from behind the wheel or feel free to hop out of your car and traverse some of the incredible trails by foot. If you have time, stop by the nearby Wanaque Reservoir for a quick paddle!
Now, it's time for our final destination and the highlight of the trip. we're heading back east to the Giant Stairs at the Palisades. This is a fun and thrilling hike, but be warned: it's a rock scramble, so you'll be navigating over the many boulders that have fallen from the Palisades. In fact, it's the largest rock scramble in New Jersey! It can be challenging, but that's part of the appeal. Plus, you'll have amazing views all around you as you navigate your way across. In total, the trail is a little over four miles.
Once you reach the top, you'll be treated to more beautiful views of the water and surrounding area. Of course, that's the appeal of this drive - every moment of the Palisades Scenic byway is beautiful, with plenty of stops for adventure.
So, what are you waiting for? Hop into your car and embark on the ultimate multi-state adventure.
Address: Palisades Interstate Parkway, Palisades Interstate Pkwy, Bardonia, NY, USA
This article originally appeared on "Only in your state"
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