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Discover the Beauty of New York Fall Foliage!

Your Guide to Fall Foliage: Approximate Peak Weeks by Region

  • The Adirondacks: The highest points in the region peak first (usually the last week of September) and the colors reach lower points in mid-October
  • The Catskills: Peak foliage occurs historically in the first or second week of October
  • Capital-Saratoga Region: Expect peak foliage around the second or third week of October
  • 1000 Islands-Seaway: Colors typically peak in the second and third weeks of October
  • Chautauqua / Allegheny: Mid-October usually brings peak colors in this region
  • Central New York: Plan to visit in mid-to-late October for the best colors
  • Finger Lakes Region: Foliage can peak here anytime between the second or third week of October and early November
  • Greater Niagara: The brightest colors generally occur in the last week of October or first week of November
  • Hudson Valley: Fall foliage historically peaks between the third week of October and the first week of November
  • NYC & Long Island: The leaves turn last here, usually in early-to-mid November

Autumn and leaf peeping season is HERE and that means it's time to begin enjoying the wondrous colors of the leaves as they burst into vivid yellows, oranges and reds. So pack your car and take a trip to beautiful Upstate New York. Start with the the Adirondacks, which has plenty of great villages including Lake George and Lake Placid. With its many lodging options, restaurants, popular fall events, and breathtaking scenery, the Adirondacks will surely rejuvenate and inspire!

Peak times for an Upstate New York fall foliage tour generally occur between the last week in September and the third week in October, but there are many factors that contribute to the specific peak dates each year. Start making plans and experience Mother Nature once again as she explodes with awe-inspiring beauty this fall!