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Cyclists on Gotham Bike Tours can revel in the fall foliage in the Hudson Valley while exploring the area on fun bike tours.
It’s another super active fall for hikers and cyclists across the region. Since the start of the pandemic, trail use across the country has increased tenfold according to the American Hiking Society, and the Hudson Valley is no exception. Lucky for us, Gotham Bike Tours has launched some creative and fun bike tours to explore the all-new 750-mile Empire State Trail (EST).
Since 2014, Lukas Herbert and Laura Willis (respectively one of the best tourist guides and the guide of the Appalachian Mountain Club) have offered cyclists extraordinary rides. Although the EST connects Manhattan, Albany, and Buffalo, Gotham focuses on the trails of the Hudson Valley. Bikers can start with the Maybrook branch, a basic tour on the EST; it starts at the Brewster station parking lot and runs 35 miles north to Poughkeepsie. Like all Gotham tours, unlimited refreshments are provided to refuel before, during, and after the trip. (Lunch, train and shuttle tickets, and rental bikes are also available.)
Are you looking for a more stimulating outing? Gotham has additions to the Maybrook branch: the Sunset Limited option extends the ride through Poughkeepsie and down the river to New Paltz, where you’ll arrive just in time to watch the stunning sunset over Shawangunk Ridge before heading out. ‘to be brought back to Brewster.
And then there is the visit to the craft brewery. This 35-mile ride begins at the “Old Put” Rail Trail in Brewster – an old railroad that was once bustled by commuters in the early 1900s – and includes a midday pit stop for a picnic before arriving. at Captain Lawrence Brewery in Elmsford, where you can relax and sample up to 10 of their award-winning beers.
For more information, including descriptions of their 3-day New York to Saratoga Springs vacation tours, visit gothambiketours.com.
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