Getting a Look at New York State's Fall Color

A Sample of Ways to Witness Some of the Northeast's Best Autumn Foliage

Apr 03, 2006, 01:00 ET from I LOVE NEW YORK

    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 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, 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
 or call 1.800.445.3131.
     Hiking Rock City Park
     Olean, NY
     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 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 or call 518-523-1655 for more information.
     Fall Foliage in an Old-Growth Forest
     Esperance, NY
     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
     Cazenovia-Madison, NY
     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
     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 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 or call 1.800.953.2656.
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     Jill DeAnzeris
     Empire State Development
     Sarah E. Bilofsky
     Eric Mower and Associates