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21 Instagram-Worthy Views Just Outside New York City

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    Fall foliage in the city is one thing. But, changing leaves in the neighboring woods, forests, and parks of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut? Well, that's a completely different ball game.

    And, while our autumn weekend to-do lists are already filled to the brim with apple and pumpkin picking, farmers' markets, and more, there's nothing like taking some time for yourself (or with a significant other or friends) to soak in the best that nature has to offer. We're talking sweeping views that you're sure to love, whether or not you're an outdoorsy type.

    From an old estate on the Gold Coast of Long Island to a New Jersey reservation with one of the best views of New York City you haven't seen yet, the scenes ahead are bound to inspire you to take a day trip or two this fall. As for those Instagrams? Filters are optional — keep reading to see why.

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    Eagle Rock Reservation
    If there's one thing New Jersey does better than New York, it's serving up those killer views of the Manhattan skyline. Tucked away in suburbia, Eagle Rock Reservation has picturesque outlooks of, well, everything. Picnic while soaking in the sights — or hike along the Lenape trail if you're looking for a little dose of adventure.

    Eagle Rock Reservation, 424 Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange, NJ; 973-268-3500.

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    Oheka Castle
    Who knew there was a mini-Versailles right in our backyard? Oheka Castle, the former private estate of financier and philanthropist Otto Kahn, boasts an expansive garden and a 109,000-square-foot mansion. Tour the grounds while indulging in some tea and biscuits, or check into a suite for the evening and prepare for an adventure fresh out of The Great Gatsby.

    Oheka Castle, 135 Westgate Drive, Huntington, NY; 631-659-1400.

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    Bushkill Falls
    Nicknamed the "Niagara Falls of Pennsylvania," Bushkill Falls certainly has some big shoes to fill. The eight waterfalls begin at the top of the Poconos and crash into the Delaware River, which makes this the perfect destination for hiking and exploration. Here, you'll certainly feel at one with nature.

    Bushkill Falls, Bushkill Falls Road, Bushkill, PA; 570-588-6682.

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    Blue Hill Farm
    If you're a fan of Greenwich Village eatery Blue Hill, its upstate Center For Food & Agriculture should be at the top of your weekend to-do list. Tour the greenhouse and pastures, step up your agricultural A-game, and take in a fresher-than-fresh "farmer's feast" at the world-renowned Blue Hill restaurant.

    Blue Hill at Stone Barns, 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, NY; 914-366-9600.

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    Grounds For Sculpture
    Art seamlessly meshes with nature at this Central Jersey outdoor museum, where visitors can pose amongst works from both emerging and established artists. Play hide-and-seek behind Magdalena Abakanowicz's "Hand-Like Tree: Cecyna," grab a refreshment at The Gazebo (an open-air ice cream shop!), or take part in a curator walk to fully immerse yourself in the craftsmanship.

    Grounds For Sculpture, 126 Sculptors Way, Hamilton Township, NJ; 609-586-0616.