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2023 New York Fall Color Guide

Fall Color Guide

The magic of fall foliage is returning to NYC. For leaf peepers, the changing color is the best time of year in New York. From fall foliage tours to the best views in New York City, our guide is a great way to start. Plan an intimate autumn escape and take in all the wonderful colors of the world.

Peak foliage times can fluctuate from year to year, but early November is usually the best time to look.  The colors typically start to change in early September in the Adirondack and Catskill mountains, and spread throughout the state with it reaching New York City around mid-November. It only takes two weeks for the leaves to complete their cycle, so be sure to check the weather and schedule your trips around peak time.

Foliage Day Trips

Book a charter bus and take a ride to the best autumn views in New York. The Adirondacks have a long foliage season and incredible hiking through six-million acres of wilderness. Popular destinations include Lake Placid, Mount Haystack, Ampersand Mountain, and Whiteface mountains. Peak times for planning a trip to the Adirondacks are late September to mid-October.

The Catskills offer scenic drives and small town charms like Roxbury and Woodstock. The Catskill Scenic Trail is a 26-mile path ideal for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and, of course, leaf peeping. Early to mid-October is the best time to plan a foliage day trip to the Catskills.

Foliage Changing in New York City

There are plenty of great colors to see if you plan to stay in the city. The best places in the city include Washington Square Park, Prospect Park, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, New York Botanical Garden, Van Cortlandt Park, Roosevelt Island, and, of course, Central Park. Recommendations to see the best foliage in Central Park include The Mall, the North Woods, and Kennedy Onassis Reservoir.

For fall foliage day trips, New York Bus Charters through GO Airlink NYC  has clean and reliable coach buses. Professional drivers and well-maintained vehicles make for a safest way to travel outside the city. Coach buses offer comfortable seating, air conditioning, WiFi, and televisions with DVD players.  Request a quote for group transportation services.

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