Sleepy Hollow, NY
Travel time: 1 hour and 15 minutes by car from NYC
Washington Irving's old stomping grounds make for the perfect fall escape—especially as Halloween approaches. The bucolic scenes are delightful when the leaves start to change, but you'll really want to make a visit once the town's spooky festivities get underway (expect haunted hayrides, lantern tours and so on). Try not to lose your head while exploring Sunnyside, the landmarked home of the famed writer, and refuel from the creepy excitement at Bridge View Tavern, where you'll find a kids' menu for the pickiest members of the clan.