Getting a Look at New York State's Fall Color
A Sample of Ways to Witness Some of the Northeast's Best Autumn Foliage
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 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 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 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 http://www.landisarboretum.org. 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 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: Jill DeAnzeris Empire State Development email@example.com Sarah E. Bilofsky Eric Mower and Associates firstname.lastname@example.org
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