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New York Scenic Vistas

There are so many ways to see New York in it's fabulous fall glory! Take a hot air balloon ride above The Adirondacks or across the Finger Lakes; soar over the Hudson Valley or float above Niagara Falls. If greater heights aren't for you, how about bicycling down roads clothed in their autumn attire? Throughout the state there are paths to follow or find a guide to lead you. Go on foot and become part of the scenery when you take a walk or hike on one of the hundreds of paths like Lake George's trails. Before snow covers the greens, fall is a perfect time to get a last few rounds of golf in while enjoying the beautiful background of colors on the golf course.

As the glorious fall colors predominate across New York State, further suggestions on vantage points for viewing this season's breathtaking beauty can be found below. Don't forget to check our foliage report to determine peak time frames for the regions, and plan your trip to include at least one of these scenic panoramic destinations!

Additional great travel ideas on Culinary, Outdoors, History and Culture and Water experiences can be found here.


New York City Region

1-Empire State Building, 34th St and 5th Ave
2-Central Park, 59th St to 110th St between 5th Ave and 8th Ave

Long Island Region

3-Cold Spring Harbor, on Rte 25A 
4-Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay 
5-Sand Point Preserve, Port Washington 
6-Welwyn Preserve, Glen Cove

Hudson Valley Region

7-DeLaVergne Hill, Amenia, Rte 44 east 
8-The top lookout of Perkins Memorial Drive in Bear Mountain State Park, Bear Mountain
9-Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown, off Rte 9G 
10-Elks-Brox Park Overlook, Port Jervis, off of Rte 97 near Hawk's Nest
11-Harvey Mountain State Forest, Austerlitz 
12-Minnewaska State Park, New Paltz, on Rte 44/55 
13-Olana State Historic Site, Hudson, on Rte 9G 
14-Sky Top Tower at Lake Mohonk, near New Paltz, off Rte 299 
15-Trophy Point, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Rte 9W 
16-Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site,Hyde Park, Rte 9 
17-West Point Overlook, Rte 9W between Highland Falls and Cornwall

The Catskills Region 

18-Kaaterskill Falls, Haines Falls, Rte 23A 
19-Mount Utsayantha, Stamford 
20-Plattekill Mountain, Roxbury 
21-Point Lookout, East Windham, on Rte 23 
22-Sam's Point Dwarf Pine Ridge Preserve, Ellenville

Capital-Saratoga Region

23-Corning Tower at the Empire State Plaza, Albany 
24-Grafton Lakes State Park, Grafton, on Rte 2 
25-The scenic overlook at John Boyd Thatcher State Park, Voorheesville 
26-The 155-foot Saratoga Monument, Schuylerville, off Rte 29 
27-Saratoga National Historical Park, Stillwater, Rtes 4 and 32

The Adirondacks Region

28-Bald Mountain, Old Forge, off Rte 28
29-Summit of Mt. Defiance, Ticonderoga 
30-Mount Arab Fire Tower, near Tupper Lake 
31-Prospect Mountain, Lake George, off Rte 9 
32-Whiteface Mountain, near the Wilmington/Lake Placid area

Thousand Islands-Seaway Region

33-Henderson Scenic Overlook, Henderson Harbor, on Rte 3 
34-Salmon River Falls, Orwell, off Rte 22, north from Rte 13
35-Thompson Park, Watertown, Rte 11 to Thompson Blvd 
36-Thousand Islands International Bridge at Collins Landing off I-81

Central New York Region

37-Chittenango Falls State Park, Cazenovia, Rte 13 
38-The Overlook Trail at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, Fort Hunter, off Rte 5S 
39-Round Top picnic area, Endicott, off Rte 17C 
40-Torture Hill near the Auriesville Shrine, Auriesville, off Rte 5 
41-Vroman's Nose, near Middleburgh, off Rte 30 near Middleburgh

Finger Lakes

42-Bristol Mountain, Canandaigua, off Rte 64 
43-Chimney Bluffs State Park, near Wolcott, on Garner Rd 
44-Fillmore Glen State Park, Moravia, on Rte 38 
45-Gleason Meadows and Frenchman's Bluff in Tanglewood Nature Center, Elmira, 443 Coleman Avenue 
46-Harris Hill, west of Elmira, off Rte 17/86 
47-Harris Hill Overpass, Elmira 
48-Hill Cumorah, Palmyra, off Rte 21 
49-Jump Off Point in Ontario County Park, Naples, Rte 64 
50-The scenic overlook on Rte 12 in Naples 
51-From North Main St in Homer along Rte 41 north, through the Hamlet of Scott for 10.5 miles 
52-Watkins Glen State Park, Watkins Glen, off Rte 14

Greater Niagara Region

53-Devil's Hole State Park and Whirlpool State Park, near Niagara Falls and Lewiston 
54-Letchworth State Park, Mt Morris 
55-Orleans County Marine Park, Point Breeze 
56-Rainbow Bridge at Niagara Falls

Chautauqua-Allegheny Region

57-Allegany State Park, off Rte 86
58-Erlandson Overview Park, Frewsburg, on Oak Hill Rd 
59-Luensman Overview Park, Portland, off Rte 20 
60-Rock City Park, three miles south of Olean on Rte 16    

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