New York State rivals New England for autumn splendor, and there are winding drives through mountain regions like the Adirondacks and Catskills and in the Hudson, Delaware and Genesee River valleys that are simply stunning during peak fall foliage months. Here are driving routes and tours to take you through NY, the Empire State, this fall foliage season:
The Catskills: Immortal Mountains
Plan your fall drive through the Catskill Mountains with this driving tour, excerpted from the coffee table and guide book, Backroads of New York, which features photography by Carl E Heilman II.
Wear sturdy shoes, so you can get out of the car and stretch your legs on a hike to Kaaterskill Falls: a scene famously painted by Hudson River School artist Thomas Cole.
Autumn Drives in the Adirondacks
You'll see leaves in abundance on these spectacular scenic driving tours through New York's Adirondack Mountains developed by the Warren County Department of Tourism. High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid, New York, makes an ideal home base if you're planning to explore the Adirondacks this autumn.
New York Scenic Fall Drives
From I LOVE NY's Tourism Web site, here are suggested scenic drives that are ideal for autumn visitors. The Upper Delaware Scenic Byway is one of the best and most exhilarating: This twisting route along the Delaware River has appeared in car commercials.
See the Grand Canyon of the East
Autumn is the ideal season to see New York State's Genesee River gorge, sometimes dubbed the "Grand Canyon of the East." View this natural attraction on a fall drive through Letchworth State Park in Castile, NY.
New York Fall Foliage Driving Tours
From NYFallFoliage.com, here are some suggested driving tours that will take you to scenic spots such as Lake George, Lake Placid, Indian Lake and more.
A Revolutionary Day on U.S. Route 9
Spend a day discovering New York's fall scenery and Revolutionary War history on this drive from Kings Ferry to Saratoga Springs.
Great Lakes Seaway Trail Scenic Byway
If it's designated a National Scenic Byway, it has to be good! New York State's Great Lakes Seaway Trail is a 518-mile scenic byway tracing the shores of the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, the Niagara River and Lake Erie. Scenic Byways has all of the information you'll need to plan a fabulous drive along the Seaway Trail this fall.
Wine & Cheese Trails in New York's Finger Lakes
A traveler cannot live on leaves alone! Add wine and cheese to your day of autumn explorations by planning a driving route that includes wineries and creameries.
Dutchess County Motorcycle Driving Tours
If you're leaf peeping on two wheels, this map of suggested motorcycle tours will help you navigate scenic Hudson Valley routes this fall.