1. Hunterdon County, NJ
Just 90 minutes outside of New York City and Philadelphia, Hunterdon County, New Jersey is the perfect place for a fun-filled fall escape, be it for the day or the whole weekend, complete with plenty of apple-picking opps. All autumn, travelers can take their pick (pun intended) of options, including Melick’s Town Farm. As the state’s largest apple grower with 20,000 apple trees spread across 650-plus acres, Melick’s is also famed for its fresh-pressed apple cider (including hard cider for those 21-plus) and apple wine, which has a slightly sweet-tangy taste. Pumpkin picking is also available here. The nearby Peterson Family Farm and Phillips Farm also offer apple and pumpkin picking.