By Stacey Zable
Traveling between Quebec and New York is a chance to take in cultural gems paired with the natural beauty of the region. Time your trip during fall foliage season and you get the added bonus of viewing the striking changing colors of the leaves in all their glory.
Embrace the European charm and still strong influence of the French in Quebec City and Old Quebec, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Highlights include Place Royale, the historic square that is the first French settlement in North America; the star-shaped Citadel of Quebec; and the winding streets of the Latin Quarter.
Just beyond Quebec City, experience the local culinary culture of Île d’Orléans. AAA-preferred tour operator Luxury Gold features an exclusive VIP Experience with local hosts and jam producers in Île d’Orléans during its 10-day “Vibrant Eastern Canada & the USA” tour. You’ll delight in the smells and sights of their quaint shop before dining on a picnic lunch of local products.
While in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, traveling from Canada to the U.S., Luxury Gold offers a second exclusive VIP Experience where you can learn about the production of champagne and sparkling wine at Le Vignoble Le Cep d’Argent, the 114-acre estate and vineyard. The owner demonstrates the traditional method of making sparkling wine and you can sample some of the products.
Continuing south into northern New Hampshire, the 34.5-mile Kancamagus Highway is an American Scenic Byway bursting with fall foliage colors. More autumn hues can be seen while driving through the Adirondack Mountains, a six million-acre park in upstate New York.
You can enjoy urban leaf peeping in New York City while strolling through the 843-acre Central Park. Walking is the best way to explore most of the Big Apple, including some of its most recent tourist additions. Check out the High Line, an elevated historic freight rail line now a public park, as well as the Hudson Yards neighborhood on the west side. End your visit with a climb of the 2,500 steps to the top of the Vessel, Hudson Yards’ landmark boasting panoramic views of New York City and the Hudson River.
Start planning your trip to Quebec by calling your local AAA Travel Agent at 800-750-5386.