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Fall Foliage Trips in the Northeast
I was wondering just how long the GORGEOUS weather was going to last here on Long Island - and then poof! Woke up to rain this morning. And you know what? I'm perfectly fine with it. You know how much I love the rain, the sound of it, the fresh smell and even the grayness outside. I find it very relaxing.
One thing is for certain, Autumn is here and with the leaves beginning to change color, this is the season for enjoying the beautiful annual Fall foliage!
The northeast is one area for viewing some of the most breathtaking colors to behold. This is one of the reasons I cannot imagine living anywhere else for how much I adore watching the trees transform every autumn.
Whether you have a day, a weekend or a week, Your AAA Daily has assembled a detailed article of where to go and what to see around the New York Metro area and New England to enjoy all that this color changing season has to offer!
Northeast Fall Foliage Trips You Have to Take at Least Once
There’s nothing like the sight of fall foliage in the Northeast. Take a trip out to one of these locations, perfect for spotting the beautiful changing colors of the season.
New York Fall Foliage Trips
Do: The island’s foliage peak is typically the last week in October through the first week of November. Although Long Island is a popular summer spot, its wooded areas, parks and preserves are top spots for viewing stunning arrays of brightly colored leaves during the fall. The North Shore of the island is more wooded, so you’ll likely want to travel along Route 25 heading east for the best views.
Discover: While leaf peeping, spend some time outdoors at Long Island’s parks, such as Belmont Lake State Park, Caumsett State Historic Park Reserve and Heckscher State Park. Keep your eye out for common wetland trees on the island, such as the red maple and black gum.
New York City
Do: Obviously, one of the best spots for the fall foliage viewing is Manhattan’s 843-acre Central Park, which provides beautiful views of leaves set against a backdrop of the city’s skyline.
Discover: From romantic art museums and botanical gardens to landmark buildings where you can view the tree tops from way up above, you won’t have any difficulty finding things to do in New York City. Find savings on NYC attractions.
Do: The best time for viewing leaves in Westchester County is during its peak between mid-October and mid-November, when visitors can spot the lovely colors decorating farms and estates. One option is to take Route 202 to Bear Mountain, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the river surrounded by red and gold leaves.
Discover: For more fun outdoor activity that can be combined with leaf-peeping, stop by one of Westchester’s parks, such as Briarcliff-Peekskill Trailway, where you can see the 560-foot Spitzenberg Mountain at Blue Mountain Reservation.
Do: The fall foliage peak for Dutchess County is early to mid-October. During your visit, you’ll likely spot leaves with a variety of colors from burnt orange and dark purple to yellow and bright red. A great spot for Northeast fall foliage trips is in Rhinebeck, which has 35 miles of meadows, streams and wooded hills.
Discover: The county has a number of farms to pair with your leaf-spotting, including Barton Orchards in Poughquag and Cedar Heights Orchard.
Do: The best time to view leaves in Ulster County is between early to mid-October. A highly recommended spot is the Shawangunk Ridge, where drivers can look over Walkill Valley and see mountain climbers traverse the shear granite cliff faces.
Discover: While you’re out looking at leaves, swing by Minnewaska State Park, which provides space for picnicking. Another option is to take a ride on the Rip Van Winkle, a 300-passenger boat that travels down the Hudson River, where you can take in lighthouses, historic sites and plenty of foliage.
Do: Early October is the best time for viewing Northeast fall foliage in Herkimer County. One of the state’s top draws for leaf peepers is the Adirondacks, although the northern portion of the county is also a hot spot. The further north you go, the quicker the leaves turn. If you are driving, be sure to take the Adirondack North Country Scenic Byways, where you’ll see some of the brightest colored leaves in small, quaint communities.
Discover: Feel like getting some exercise while viewing the fall colors? Take a walk along the winding 153-mile Central Adirondack Trail, through the south-central portion of the Adirondack Park. And Old Forge, a busy tourist locale year-round, is another great pick for viewing red, yellow and gold leaves while walking along its trails.
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I've been a busy little beaver the past few days working with my attorney and mortgage broker so I can move forward, with not only the sale of my home, but with the purchase of our new home.
Who knew there was so much to take care of and so much to do - not to mention all the upcoming fees and expenses!!!
But, it's all good and the start of a new chapter for me and my daughters!!
Here's to a happy day!