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The Best Fall Drives in New York State

Or, How We Learned to Stop Complaining and Enjoy the Only Reason People Stay in this Godforsaken State

Fall in New York is a pretty special time. It’s that magical sweet spot between the hot and muggy summers and the brutally cold winters. It’s really the only season everyone in New York agrees on being awesome and too short. Seemingly every part of the state comes into it own in the early to late autumn.

With these things in mind, here are a few of the best drives in NYS to enjoy this autumn. They are in no particular order.

Rt. 98 South of Batavia to Ellicottville:

The drive on NY-98 from Batavia to Ellicottville is the perfect chance to break out the BMW E30 or your classic Porsche
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The hills are alive, with the sound of “BRAAAAPBRAPBRAP” Seriously, the entire drive South of Attica through Genesee and Wyoming Counties on Rt. 98 is like a scene out of The Sound of Music. Rolling hills, gorgeous vistas, humongous elevation changes and tight, banked corners: Rt. 98 is hidden gem for petrolheads. Most of the hills around here have gigantic windmills as well all the way to a little Bavarian town plopped right down in the middle of NY: Ellicottville. The absolute best time to go down there is for the Oktoberfest, but mind you, the parking is an absolute nightmare.

Best car to take: Its usually cold up in the hills, and the clientele is definitely upscale. Leave the Buick, take a Porsche for the best results on the undulating roads, fast sweeping curves, and tree lined solitude. Seriously, the Porsche was made for roads like this. However, an honorable mention has to go out to the BMW E30, which we’ve driven on this road hundreds of times on the road to Ellicottville for Oktoberfest and skiing at Holimont and Holiday Valley.  Continue reading “The Best Fall Drives in New York State”