A walk from the City to the woods - and an historic suburb - just across the river
This is a day's hike to a town in New Jersey less than 15 minutes away by car - but a half-day's walk and a several mood change away from New York City.
Walk across the most heavily trafficked bridge in the world, and off to a trail along the top of one of the country's natural wonders: the Palisades. Your private guide will recount the history of both the bridge and the Palisades before that - and even remind you of Old Blue Eyes (Frank Sinatra) and George Washington himself at the same time. We will have marvelous views back of Manhattan - as you are refreshed by nature's breezes and the sounds and sight of the leaves rusting both overhead and underfoot.
After walking by the home of one of the Palisades' quarrymen (and shortest graduate of West Point!) we will proceed to a diner for refreshment - and then a bus back to New York!
SPECIAL: Tour can be extended to include lunch at an historic tavern. See "What's extra" below.
Beginning on the Manhattan side of the George Washington Bridge, we will walk across the bridge - on either the north or south side, depending on which one the Port of Authority of New York has open - and we shall discuss the importance of this bridge and the Hudson River. Much to be discussed!
On the New Jersey side, we shall hike up a short set of stairs (virtually the only steep uphill portion of the day's walk), and embark upon the Long Trail, along the top of the Palisades cliffs. This walk provides wonderful views, and your leader will describe the history of North New Jersey and the progress and process of its development as a premier suburban community.
At a point approximately 4. 7 miles north of the GW Bridge, we shall leave the trail and cross Rt. 9W to enter the Tenafly Nature Preserve. We will continue down the hill into Tenafly, walk past the home of a major figure in American history, and eventually end our walk at the Tenafly Diner.
We shall take a bus back to Manhattan.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Address or Intersection, Suggested by Guide: We will meet at the corner of W. 178th St. and Fort Washington Avenue, near the Port Authority GW Bridge Bus Terminal
Duration: 8 hours
Heavy rain will cancel. Light rain will prompt a check of the forecast, and may deter beginning the hike - there will be a consultation. Also, if the bridge be closed due to high winds or other reason, the hike will be canceled or rescheduled, as per the client's availability.
This is a walking tour - indeed, this is a hike, so wear suitable clothing and shoes. One is well advised to wear shoes that are well broken-in. Also, bring such minimal first aid items as will treat scratches or scrapes. The entire tour (unless other arrangements are made) will be on foot.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
35 us dollar - The 35 dollars cited is to include, at a reasonable figure, the cost of the late lunch with beverage one may have at the diner and the cost of the bus ride back to the Port Authority terminal in Manhattan.