Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of year for the North East. As the Summer heat gets replaced by brisk winds we’ll see the vivid change of leaves start to occur. New York’s Hudson Valley is one of the most picturesque places to witness this transformation. We’ve found the best spots for you that are easily accessible to watch the leaves change.
- Prospect Mountain has a gorgeous summit view over Lake George Village. It’s popular to drive the 5.9 mile toll road or take a bus to the top. If you’re looking for some exercise you can walk the 1.5 mile Prospect Mountain Trail for a nice hike. www.iloveny.com/Prospect-Mountain
- Trophy Point at West Point offers highland views of the Hudson River Valley. Deep shades of crimson, orange, and gold reflect wonderfully off the river on calm days. When you’re here be sure to look at the Battle Monument, you can’t miss it, it’s the one of the largest columns of granite in the world! www.iloveny.com/trophy-point
- Letchworth State Park is a terrific spot for a picnic. Known as “The Grand Canyon of the East” the Genesee River flows over the gorge in some places as high as 600 feet. There’s plenty of ground to cover along the 66 miles of hiking trails. They offer hot air balloon tours over the park too. www.parks.ny.gov/parks
- Climb aboard the Fall Foliage Train at Union Station in Utica. The Adirondack Scenic Railroad whisps by rusty colors and mountain hilltops. Be sure to grab a window seat. Learn more here: Adirondack Scenic Railroad in Utica.
- If you’re looking for a more active day, climb the 190 stairs of Saratoga Monument. It’s 154 feet tall and overlooks the Taconic Mountains and the northern Adirondacks as well as the Helderberg Mountains in the south. This is where the British General Burgoyne surrendered to American General Gates in 1777.
Bonus – Don’t want to leave the car? No problem! Drive the Sceneic Byway along the Erie Canal’s Mohawk Towpath. Stop off at some vineyards near Cayuga Lake to watch the long amber sunset.
As you can see there are endless possibilities to watch the leaves change this fall along the Hudson River Valley. We hope you enjoy this magnificent time of year and encourage to try just one of these recommendations. Let us know what you think.