New England may get the most attention, but New York is one of the Northeast's best spots for fall colors. Leaf peepers will marvel at idyllic fall foliage in Empire State destinations like the Hudson Valley, Catskills, and even New York City. See below for the best spots to see fall foliage in New York.
It's easy to forget, but some of New York's best fall foliage is right in the city's backyard: in Central Park. City slickers can spot the changing colors as they wander through the nearly 800 acres (320 hectares) of this easy-to-reach green space right in the heart of the city. Be sure to wander over to the Sheep Meadow or the Central Park Reservoir to enjoy panoramic fall foliage views.
Easily accessible by public transit from New York City, the idyllic Hudson River Valley offers a wealth of opportunities for visitors in search of great autumn colors. For a scenic way to make the trip north, take a sightseeing cruise up the Hudson River, enjoying views of the Palisades and Bear Mountain mixed in among brilliant red, yellow, and orange leaves. Storm King Art Center, an outdoor sculpture park in the Hudson Valley, is also particularly beautiful in fall.
Further north is the Catskills, a mountainous region home to a collection of small towns, historic resorts, state parks, and nature preserves all made even prettier by fall foliage. Jump in the car for a road trip exploring the area's postcard-perfect farms all set ablaze with fall scenery, join a tour from New York City to the Catskills, or head to an area ski resort where you can soak up the views of the rolling hills painted with autumn hues.
The Finger Lakes region, representing the area surrounding 11 glacial-carved lakes, has earned a growing reputation among fall foliage fans for its scenery, rich history, and burgeoning wine industry. Autumn is the perfect time to take a day trip up to sip on some of the Finger Lakes' local chardonnay or riesling at a local winery, pick an apple or pumpkin at a nearby orchard, or simply soak up the fall colors during a hike around one of the region's lakes.