ALBANY, New York, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Whether it is the Catskill or
Adirondack Mountains, the gorges in the Finger Lakes or a quaint country
village, New York State offers plenty of places to witness some of the best
fall foliage of the Northeast:
Hot Air Balloons Over Letchworth State Park
Castile, New York
Letchworth State Park's gorgeous display of 600-foot cliffs and three
gushing waterfalls surrounded by a palette of color can be viewed from above
in a hot air balloon this year during the park's 100th anniversary
celebration. Balloons Over Letchworth offers rides at sunrise and sundown
through October and costs $199 per person. For more information, visit
http://www.fingerlakeswest.com/letchworth.html or call 585.493.3340.
Leaf Peeping in a Country Village
Rhinebeck, New York
Named one of the country's top 10 fall foliage spots by msn.com, Rhinebeck
is an ideal destination for autumn leaf peeping. Located near the northwest
corner of Dutchess County, Rhinebeck boasts 35 miles of meadowland, streams
and wooded hills with lovely mountain vistas across the Hudson River.
This quaint country setting is home to village Victorians, farms,
pre-Revolutionary War homes, and the legendary Beekman Arms, America's oldest
continuously operating inn. These charming homes are ideal subjects for
shutter bugs, when set against a backdrop of stunning color provided by the
Catskill Mountains. For more information, visit http://www.DutchessTourism.com
or call 1.800.445.3131.
Hiking Rock City Park
Admire the fall foliage surrounding the world's largest deposit of quartz
conglomerate at Rock City Park in Olean. Located in Southwestern New York in
the midst of the "Enchanted Mountains," Rock City Park is a majestic
geological spectacle with rocks formations including: Hamburger Rock, Teepee
Rock, Three Sisters Rock and Pulpit Rock. Standing atop Sentinel Rock, enjoy a
stunning panoramic view of the region's mountains during autumn. For more
information, call 716.372.7790.
Autumn Bliss on the Ausable River
Ausable Chasm, NY
Witness more than 1,000 acres of scenic natural beauty at Ausable Chasm,
the oldest natural attraction in the United States, located just south of
Plattsburgh. The combination of towering cliffs and fall color can be viewed
directly from rafts, tubes or kayaks along the Ausable River. With the new
extension of its popular "Rim Walk," opening July 1, visitors will be able to
walk the entire rim for the first time and peer into the colorful chasm below.
Visit http://www.ausablechasm.com or call 518.834.7454 for more information.
Flaming Leaves Festival
Olympic Ski Jumping Complex, Lake Placid, NY
The Columbus Day holiday weekend (October 7-8) will be celebrated with
international ski jumping, freestyle aerial skiing, vendors, games, a silent
auction and musical entertainment in Lake Placid at the annual Flaming Leaves
Festival. Great views of the breathtaking fall foliage can be seen from atop
the 120-meter ski jump (accessible from a ski lift to the top of the hill and
then an elevator ride to the top of the jump and viewing platform). Visit
http://www.orda.org or call 518-523-1655 for more information.
Fall Foliage in an Old-Growth Forest
Leaf-peeping gives way to awe at the extraordinary George Landis Arboretum
in Esperance, where visitors marvel at the world-class collection of trees and
shrubs from around the globe. Set against the spectacular vistas of Schoharie
Valley, visitors experience the sights and scents of autumn along the more
than eight-miles of hiking trails within the 548-acre Arboretum. One of only
three arboreta in Eastern North America with old-growth forests, the Landis
Arboretum is open year round and is home to a nationally recognized collection
of oaks. For more information, call 518.875.6935 or visit
Driving Tour through Central New York
From breathtaking hill top views to gorgeous waterfalls, Central New York
offers several beautiful driving tours to witness fall foliage. Along US Route
20 from Cazenovia to Madison, a New York State scenic byway, enjoy many vistas
with colorful views in every direction.
While admiring the countryside, shop for antiques at over 30 stores in a
two mile stretch of US 20 in the villages of Madison and Bouckville. Enjoy an
afternoon along Cazenovia Lake and spend the night in the Brewster or Brae
Loch-classic country inns in Cazenovia. While in town, don't miss apple and
pumpkin picking at Critz Farms, and the beautiful Chittenango Falls located in
one of the most scenic state parks in America. For more information, call
315.684.7320 or visit http://www.madisontourism.com.
Fall Foliage Weekend Getaways: Fall foliage weekend getaway packages are
available for guests from mid-September to mid-October at many different
hotels across the state.
-- Autumn Pleasure on Lake George: Located on the water in the village of
Lake George, the Surfside on the Lake is the perfect location to enjoy
downtown Lake George and the surrounding Adirondacks. Surfside offers a
fall foliage package which includes a two night stay for two adults
with breakfast each day, a visit to an orchard with free cider, apples
and donuts, dinner for two, and a cruise on Lake George. The package is
available on weekends and midweek from September 10 through October 30.
Rates range from $275 to $460 for two adults. For more information,
visit http://www.surfsideonthelake.com or call 1.800.342.9795.
-- Viewing Fall Foliage in a Secluded Wilderness: Located on the secluded
Upper Saranac Lake the Wawbeek offers breathtaking views of the
Adirondack wilderness. Sprawled across 40 acres of dense woods,
wildflower fields and a beach, the Wawbeek's rustic cottages and cabins
are a perfect compliment to the region's autumn beauty. Enjoy overnight
accommodations for two plus a full breakfast. For more information,
visit http://www.wawbeek.com or call 1.800.953.2656.
ABOUT I LOVE NEW YORK
I LOVE NEW YORK is a campaign administered by Empire State Development's
Division of Tourism. First launched in 1977, I LOVE NEW YORK remains one of
the most successful international tourism campaigns ever created and continues
to promote the beauty and attractions of New York State's eleven geographic
regions: Adirondacks, Capital - Saratoga, Catskills, Central Leatherstocking,
Chautauqua-Allegheny, Finger Lakes, Greater Niagara, Hudson Valley, Long
Island, New York City and Thousand Islands Seaway.
With 168 state parks, 35 state historic sites, major metropolitan centers
and quaint small towns, New York State offers exciting year-round travel
possibilities for visitors of all ages. To learn more, or for details on
upcoming events and lodging, dial (800) CALL-NYS or visit the I LOVE NEW YORK
Web site at http://www.iloveny.com.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Empire State Development
Sarah E. Bilofsky
Eric Mower and Associates
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