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Getting to the Catskills from anywhere in New York or New York City’s five boroughs is a manageable journey with lots to offer along the way. Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway, a day trip, or a longer excursion, there are several routes that can take you there.

One of the most popular routes is driving upstate on I-87 (the New York State Thruway). Starting in Manhattan, drivers can take the West Side Highway (NY 9A) to the George Washington Bridge and continue north on I-95. From there, follow I-87 North through Yonkers, Newburgh, Middletown, and beyond until you reach Exit 19 – Saugerties/Catskill. Once off this exit, travelers will be just over two hours away from their destination.

Another option is taking I-278 Eastbound from Brooklyn and then connecting onto I-87 North near Albany. This route takes around three hours and thirty minutes depending on traffic conditions.

A third alternative is traveling via US 6 West toward Harriman then merging onto NY 17W/I-86 West towards Liberty until it turns into I-87 North. This route is usually faster than the first two options as it bypasses major cities such as Albany and Syracuse; however, it may be more prone to congestion due to its winding roads and small towns along the way.

Whichever route you choose to take, expect some beautiful scenery along your journey! The Catskills are known for their picturesque landscapes that include lush forests, historic farmhouses, and charming villages dotted with independent shops and restaurants. There are also plenty of outdoor activities like hiking trails and waterfalls waiting for visitors to explore at their leisure. With ample opportunities for rest and relaxation, there’s something for everyone in this mountainous region of upstate New York!