New York September 16, 2016
Take This Gorgeous Fall Foliage Road Trip To See New York Like Never Before
If there’s ever a time to take a road trip through New York, it’s when our foliage season is taking place. Some of us will simply hit the road with no destination set in sight, just because all that we’re seeking out is the views of the surrounding vibrant forest. This week, I Love NY released their first
Fall Foliage Report of the year, getting us completely excited for the beautiful colors to come. If you’re looking to do something other than just drive around our state, then take a look at this gorgeous fall foliage road trip that will have you feeling inspired for the season.
No need to start planning, we've mapped out this entire road trip for you!
To view the actual road trip mapped out using Google Maps,
1. Adirondack Scenic Railroad - Lake Placid
If there's one thing I love to do in the fall, it's enjoy a scenic train ride along the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. For this road trip, I made our first top right up in Lake Placid but this train also can be taken out of Utica as well. Central New Yorkers, if you can't make it up to Lake Placid then this scenic ride is just as beautiful. The railroad features a
ride where you'll be able to view all of the colors on the trees in the Adirondacks.
So, when can you catch this train? Wednesdays through Sundays from September 17th until October 16th the train departs at both 10:30AM and 2:30PM!
Adults: $19 dollars, Seniors: $17 dollars, Youth: $11 dollars
2. Cloudsplitter Gondala Ride - Whiteface Mountain, Lake Placid
We've featured this incredible
before, but there's no better time than now to take a ride through the clouds. Right in the heart of the Adirondacks and amongst all of Lake Placid's history, you'll find the perfect way to enjoy a view of the foliage from up above.
From now until October 9th, the gondola will remain open Friday through Sunday from 9:30AM until 5PM.
Adults: $22 dollars, Juniors & Seniors: $15 dollars, Kids under 6: No cost
To buy your tickets to the Cloudsplitter online,
3. John Boyd Thacher State Park - Voorheesville
I recently spoke of this incredible state park because of the
that you can walk behind! But, there's also another huge reason why you should take a trip out to this area of New York, the fall foliage. Let the trails be your guide and make you way to the top of the park where you'll have panoramic views of our state and beyond that are perfect for viewing the foliage. A great way to get out and enjoy the fresh out!
4. Five Point State Lookout - Windham
Did you know that there's a lookout in New York that allows you to see
states at once? Right along the scenic Route 23, this drive will take you through the mountains and give you an insane view of the Catskills. Right next to Captains Inn Point Lookout you can find a small parking area where you can pull off from the road and soak in all of the states that you can see. So, what states
you able to see? From here New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and of course, New York are all visible!
Our advice? Park your car and enjoy the views and then walk on over to
to enjoy a tasty meal before you hit the road again!
5. Walkway Over The Hudson - Poughkeepsie
If you're interested in the history of this historic walkway and how it came to be, you can
to read more about it. For the sake of this post, we'll simply explain all the reasons why this is a great place to view the foliage. Handicap accessible and great for visitors of all ages, you'll be able to see for miles down the Hudson Valley from this point of New York.
6, Chittenango Falls State Park - Cazenovia
This wouldn't be a New York road trip if we didn't throw in at least one waterfall, right? Many may think that summer is the only time worth visiting our waterfalls, but true residents know that there's nothing like seeing the water flowing all while you're surround by the vibrant colors of fall. As always, we urge visitors to be safe. Mother Nature can get a bit slippery and dangerous during our fall and winter months!
7. Taughannock Falls State Park - Trumansburg
Did somebody say more waterfalls? An amazing state park that should be on everyone's bucket list if they've yet to visit, Taughannock Falls State Park will make you feel small in the best way possible. The looming land that surrounds the gorge leading you to one of New York's tallest waterfalls will steal your breath away. To read more about one of the tallest waterfall in America and why you should visit,
8. Letchworth State Park - Castile
Speaking of breathtaking state parks, here's one you can't forget! While Letchworth tends to keep a steady crowd during the summer (an amazing place to go camping), my favorite time of year to visit this park is during the fall. With waterfalls for days and miles of trails to explore, there's nothing like looking down the Grand Canyon of New York to see our gorgeous fall foliage. To read more about this dream-like state park,
9. Mount Hope Cemetery - Rochester
Recently featured in our post about some of New York's
most haunted cemeteries,
many of the people who come here don't show up for the supposed ghosts. It may not be the first place that would come to your mind, but taking a stroll through this historic cemetery while all of the leaves are changing is like something out of a charming halloween movie. One of the most well-known graves you'll find in Mount Hope is that of Susan B. Anthony, another excuse to come and check out this place. We promise you'll leave with some stunning pictures if you decide to bring your camera!
Listed on their website,
you can see the many types of tours that are offered here, our favorite being the Fall Foliage Tour! On
Saturday, October 15th
at 11AM, you can enjoy a tour led by experts who know all about the variety of trees found in the cemetery.
Do you have a favorite spot in New York to see the fall foliage? Let us know if we missed it! If you want something a little more spook than check out
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