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New York State Fall Foliage Season

by Mary Melnick

Sep 30, 2021

New York provides travelers an abundance of natural beauty and fun activities, from the Hudson Valley to the Finger Lakes. The state also boasts the fewest car thefts per capita, leaving you with one less thing to worry about. © Mihai Andritoiu | Dreamstime.com

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Fall is here and people are replacing summer essentials with boots, sweaters and all things pumpkin spice. Now is the perfect time to start planning your fall getaway to see stunning foliage. Here are the reasons why New York state should be at the top of your list.

 

Fall Foliage Wonderland

If catching all the beautiful colors of fall is the top of your fall checklist, New York state is the best place. You’ll find vibrant red-, orange- and yellow-hued leaves that can be seen on a gondola ride on mountains across New York state — the best places are Belleayre in the Catskills and Whiteface in the Adirondacks. For more of a thrilling activity, zip line through the season’s changing leaves with New York Zipline Adventure Tours at Hunter Mountain or race through the trees with Giant Dual Ziplines at  Peek’n Peak Resort. If you would rather hike or walk through the fall foliage, head to Panama Rocks Scenic Park in Chautauqua-Allegheny. Not only does it have brightly colored leaves, but it is also home to giant tree roots and hidden caves. If you’re not sure where to start, visit iloveny.com for an interactive foliage map and weekly report on the color progression.

 

Halloween Spook and Gore Favorites

Get in the Halloween spirit with New York’s range of spooky activities, from moderately jump-worthy to frightening fun. The season wouldn’t be complete without the reopening of classic favorites like the Headless Horseman Hayrides (named No.1 haunting experience in America), visits to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery or the iconic Rolling Hills Asylum. For those looking for an extra scare, take a tour with New York’s Haunted History Trail, packed with after-dark ghost hunts, guided tours of creepy locations and haunted inns. For families with little ones, check out The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze,featuring a beautiful display of more than 7,000 illuminated, hand-carved jack o’ lanterns.

 

Delicious Fall Treats

Enjoy sweet autumn scents while exploring the streets with delicious, locally sourced food, drinks and baked goods. Stop by Wayside Cider for the Catskill’s best hard cider made from heirloom apples. Visit Jenkins-Leuken Orchards Farm for some apple picking, apple muffins, apple pie or pop into Steward’s Family Farm for some crisp apples and tart cider.

 

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