There are tours, and then there are foliage tours. Fall is the season to experience New York’s outdoors by bus, car, bike, footpath, railroad, tour boat or hot air balloon.
Parks & Trails Bike Tours is a favorite for cyclists who prefer to travel in packs, with themed outings like Cycling the Erie Canal that can last several days. Bike Tours New York gets down-staters out in the fresh air with mountain biking treks through blazing autumn landscapes. And Bike Escapades pedals you down country lanes in tours like Autumn Along the Hudson Valley and Yankee Doodle Toodle.
How about an autumn train ride through foliage views you just can’t appreciate from the road? Hop aboard the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, Arcade & Attica, Delaware & Ulster, Catskill Mountain or Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad and breathe in the scenery in open air cars or comfortable coach cars as vintage diesel and steam engines chug you through the landscape.
Buses are busy with leaf peeping tours during peak season and state parks are popular destinations. The ride is the show as you take in the colors, but stops along the way reveal museums, quaint downtowns, fall festivals, antique shopping and welcoming wineries.
An old order Amish Trail winds through western New York’s Enchanted Mountains past Amish farmsteads where life moves at a quieter pace. Follow their hand-painted signs to shop for quilts, furniture and baked goods, or choose a tour service to guide you.
Add some elevation to your views with a balloon tour from services like Above the Clouds that can show you horizon-to-horizon views, or see New York City from the top down in a helicopter or airplane tour. Long Island is a joy to tour by car or bus, trolley or foot; discover parks and wetlands, historic mansions and lighthouses.
You’ll see more of NYC from its waters on a Circle Line Cruise around the world’s most famous skyline. And there’s no place quite like the Thousand Islands in full autumn splendor when dazzling colors shimmer along the endless shorelines of almost 2,000 islands. Tours are popular in foliage season, including glass-bottom boat outings, lighthouse cruises, castle tours and even scuba diving adventures to sunken ships.
To really impress your traveling companion, book a limo to tour Niagara Falls, Finger Lakes Wine Trails, Hudson Valley landmarks or Adirondack playgrounds. Services like Buffalo Limousine are at your service for package tours and design-your-own adventures.