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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.

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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 downstaters 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.

Foliage train excursions

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.

Fall foliage bus tours

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.

Hit the Amish Trail

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.

Tour by land or airAdirondack Balloon Festival

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.

Take a cruise

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.

Chauffeured limousine tours

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.

Above the Clouds
www.abovethecloudsinc.com

Adirondack Scenic Railroad
www.adirondackrr.com

Amish Trail
amishtrail.com

Arcade & Attica Railroad
www.arcadeandatticarr.com

Bike Escapades
escapadesbiketours.com

Bike Tours New York
biketoursny.com

Buffalo Limousine
www.buffalolimousine.com

Catskill Mountain Railroad
catskillmtrailroad.com

Circle Line Cruises
www.circleline42.com

Clayton Island Tours
claytonislandtours.com

Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley Railroad
www.lrhs.com

Delaware & Ulster Railroad
durr.org

Hayfield Quality Tours
www.hayfieldqualitytours.com/adirondacks.asp

Long Island wine tours
www.longislandwinetours.com

NYC airplane tour
nycairtour.com/nycairtour/Sightseeing.html

NYC helicopter and balloon tours
www.viator.com

New York State Canal System
www.canals.ny.gov

New York Tours Foliage Tours
www.nytours.us

Parks & Trails Bike Tours
www.ptny.org

Saratoga & North Creek Railway
www.sncrr.com

Uncle Sam Boat Tours
usboattours.com

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