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Hunter Mountain - Fall - Photo by Beautiful Destinations

Can fall in New York get even more colorful? Besides the changing leaves, come experience award-winning state parks, epic outdoor adventures, family-friendly farms, historic sites, and so much more! Whether you’re sipping locally made wines or fall-themed craft beers, picking your own apples, hiking to scenic summits, or looking for new ways to celebrate Halloween, this season will surpass your expectations. Get ready to breathe in that crisp air—fall in New York is a time to create vivid memories.

Hunter Mountain - Fall - Photo by Beautiful Destinations

Whether you’re looking to create an unforgettable bachelor/bachelorette party, a fun-filled girls' weekend, a bros' getaway, or a mini friend vacay, New York State is the place to be this fall season! From leading breweries, wineries, and cideries to outdoor adventures, and Insta-worthy foodie experiences, all topped off with amazing fall foliage for your social media feed, get started on planning your fall friends getaway in New York.

Two boys dressed in the same outfit (blue t-shirt, black shorts, white socks and white sneakers, posing for a photo outside of Fort Ontario

We don’t know about you, but some of our best trip-inspirations come from family and friends. When we hear the words “Let me tell you about an amazing trip I took...” our ears perk up and our pencils start taking notes. Members of the I LOVE NY team have explored all corners of New York State and share some great trip tips below to inspire you as you create your own family travel memories.

Views of Manhattan buildings from the Top of the Rock observatory

Updated: 10/28/2021

Who says New York City has to be expensive? We rounded up great finds to help you plan your city getaway, no matter if you’re on a budget or looking to treat yourself to a luxury experience. Let this be your guide to everything from the free (or nearly free) to the most extravagant ways to experience skyscrapers, the world’s best culture scene, epic eats, and so much more.

Phoenicia Diner

Round up your crew and head out on the road this summer. New York State has a variety of adventures just waiting for you to arrive. We’ve pulled together some of our favorite scenic and fun-filled road trips so all you have to do is stock up on snacks and make some overnight reservations for the longer trips. It’s time to hit play on summer plans and that summer playlist! 

Lake George Steamboat Company

We get it. New York is a big state and summer seems to fly by! To help you narrow down the almost endless number of things to do here, we’ve come up with a list of must-see destinations perfect for a summer day, whether you like to embrace the sun’s rays or appreciate cooling down with a breeze on the water, a museum’s air conditioning, or caverns deep below the earth’s surface. It’s time to make some memories.

A well lit underground pathway at howes caverns
Credit @m_squazzo on Instagram

No matter your travel style or interests, there are still great last-minute getaways awaiting in New York State - even if you haven’t made your reservations yet! From food tours, to exploration of caves, historic forts, and fossil-rich cliffs, to a relaxing day of antiquing with that special person in your life, New York State has the perfect last-minute trip for you. 

Wild Center and Wild Walk aerial shot of wooden walkways

If you’re looking for an eco-friendly getaway, look no further than New York State. The environment is important to us, as demonstrated by our 180 state parks and more than 50 nature reserves. More than a century ago, a “Forever Wild” clause was added to the New York Constitution to protect more than 2.6 million acres of the Adirondacks and more than 287,000 acres in the Catskills and keep them as a Forest Preserve. We’ve gathered up some eco-friendly activities you can include as you plan your New York State adventures from learning about renewable energy to eating and drinking local to ways to enjoy some of the state’s must-see attractions with zero emissions.