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If you’ve never been to the Northeastern part of the United States, between now and the end of October is one of the absolute best times to visit. Comprised of the New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont) and the Mid Atlantic states (New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania); this part of the country explodes with color.
And for us, that means making a lot of day trips in and around Albany. Day trips are a great way for us to spend time as a family and a mostly budget friendly way- depending on where we’re going.
From leaf peeping all over the place to sticking closer to home and going apple picking (and later pumpkin picking); there is so much to see and do.
We make several trips up to Indian Ladder Farms. It’s one of the best places to get fresh apple cider donuts and they also have a large variety of apples to pick throughout September and into October. Then, of course, we have to go back in October for a little pumpkin picking. Even if we aren’t going there to pick anything, it’s still a lovely place to visit.
It’s an actual working farm, so there are animals to see as well.
Nearby, is another favorite spot to visit. So we like to make a day trip out of this. We’ll head over to Indian Ladder Farms in the morning, and then spend the afternoon hiking at Thacher State Park.
It really is a great way to spend the day and enjoy a little bit of what this area has to offer. It also helps that both my mom and Kyle’s parents are close, so we can really make an extended day (or night) of it and stop by.
Before we go anywhere though, we need to make sure that the truck is ready. It’s our primary vehicle, so we have to make sure that it can take us where we need to go. And, of course, get us back home.
Sure, it might be in need of a little love but we do our best to make sure that it’s running and that we’ll get to do all of the things we have planned. That also means making a trip up to our local Walmart to stock up on our day trip supplies.
And while we’re there, we can pick up Quaker State Defy™ High Mileage Motor Oil. This motor oil is ideal for those reliable cars or trucks that may have seen a few more miles. It helps to reduce wear, for longer engine life and has additional friction modifiers for improved fuel economy.
You can find this product, and others by Quaker State, at your local Walmart in the auto care section.
Great oil at a great price, Quaker State gives you more durability and honesty.
Where would your travels take you with Quaker State at your side? Would you travel the country or spend the day exploring your home state?
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I love the falls in New York they colors are so bright an the air crisp! It’s wonderful!
Sounds like you’re having an awesome time celebrating fall in Albany! It’s a beautiful time of year.
My travels would take me to Florida. Any time. Love the beach and the vibe that the ocean gives me. I always want to drive there, so this is good to know what will keep my car up to date and safe!
A fall trip to New York is on my bucket list. Thanks for the details, I will be heading to Albany!
Upstate NY is beautiful but especially beautiful in the fall. I’d love to visit that farm, it looks like a wonderful experience.
My travels would take me to australia if they could but I don’t think I am going to get there in a car 🙂 Nice job keeping your car up to date. 🙂
Oh this just looks like so much fun!! I’m sure the fall colors are absolutely breathtaking in the Northeast – I would love to see it this time of year.
Isn’t Fall the best, especially in the Northeast? It looks like you have some fun activities going on…Enjoy every moment!!
I’m passing this along to my Albany friends. Today was the first day in Atlanta that it felt like Fall. Needs to get even cooler.
We often go to the Smokey’s or the Blue Ridge Mountains. They are both driving distance from where we are. I have also enjoyed in upstate New York.
These activities sound fun. I’ve only experienced fall when I traveled to Japan a few times before. I love the chilly weather and the gorgeous colors.
Fall is my favorite time of year, I love watching all of the leaves change color! I’ve always wanted to travel to the North East and see all the leaves changing color, it’s on my bucket list!
I love this time of year – getting out and about is so important! Love your ideas!
Oh I’d definitely travel out of state I think. I love california but right now I am ready for some cooler weather!
I absolutely love Fall! Thank you so much for sharing all your fun Fall ideas with us! I’ve never been to Albany. It’s definitely somewhere I’d love to visit with my kids and husband.
These are some of the things I love about fall. It’s a season with so many fun activities for the whole family.
I love traveling, and we do most of our traveling in the Caribbean. But I love exploring my state, because I think it is the best there is! It’s beautiful and there’s a lot to do here!
I have always loved the sights and sounds of New York! Looks like you all had a blast.
I would love to visit Albany during the fall. Our leaves turn late here in the south and I would love to see the bright, vivid colors of the leaves.
I love Fall, wish I could spend it in Albany! Fall isn’t all that pretty here in California, it’s either hot or super cold. Love how everything looks so pretty in NY during the fall.
It sounds like you had a wonderful time! I live in an area that’s a much warmer you’re around so we don’t get that fall crisp air I do miss it. I would love to go explore Albany at some point.
I love Albany! Driving up on the NY Thruway is an experience in the fall! I’ve been to the Musuem a few times and Lake George. Beautiful up there!
I have never been to NYC in the fall, but I bet it is gorgeous. I trust Walmart to take care of my oil changes as well.
Indian Ladder Farms sounds like a great place in Albany to enjoy a family activity in the fall. I love how you can pick the apples and later pick the pumpkins. Thanks for sharing your awesome fun fall family experiences.
What a fun family farm!! I love New York but have never been in the fall!!
I love visiting working farms specially in the fall. There something magical about going to farm in the fall air and my kids enjoy the pumpkin patch.
My vehicle could totally use some love right about now. I think I’m in need of break pads but I need a wash and vac for sure.
We always have to make sure to go somewhere with warm apple cider. That farm is really cool!
I have never been to Albany before but this has at least grabbed my attention. What else do you recommend I do there?
Being someone originally from the south, I get so sad when fall comes because I hate colder weather. Fall activities like this are the only things that make me smile this time of year lol…
I would have so much fun at the Indian Ladder Farms. I need to have my oil changed and hop in and just go to some great fall sites.
Fall colors makes me happy! So much to do outside! I would want to go around the country with my family.
I think it would be amazing to go here. I love the relaxing atmosphere, it’s definitely a huge change from the city. It’s slow paced and very peaceful.