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Posts from August 2023

" S" Turns on Rt 44/55 just below Minnewaska State Park Scenic Overlook- Hudson Valley Region

There's nothing like autumn in New York. The changing leaves create a scenic background more beautiful than can be imagined. If you're into road trips, here are some ideas to maximize your fall foliage viewing opportunities, with plenty of suggestions of what to do along the way. 

Courtesy of Peek'n Peak Resort

With summer vacation over and winter holidays months away, it might seem as though somebody hit the pause button on family fun. But the weather outside is cool and crisp and New York fall foliage is simply spectacular—so don’t sit this season out! An affordable weekend getaway is all you need to enjoy the weather, nature, and each other. Read on for 10 amazing trips that each can fit into a weekend and won’t break the bank!

A Lake George Steamboat Company vessel docked in Lake George with the mountains of the Adirondacks in the background

Family vacations are the stuff memories are made of. With 11 regions full of fun things to explore that are sure to please even the toughest little critics, New York has plenty to offer for every type of family – including some very famous ones.

A waterfall sits among trees with orange leaves
Credit: @kryptonist on Instagram

When fall rolls around, a wave of fiery oranges, bright yellows, and deep reds transform New York State into a foliage dreamland. From Central Park and the Catskill Mountains to the St. Lawrence River and Niagara Falls, every corner of the Empire State becomes decorated with the wonders of autumn. But, it won’t last for long. Get your cameras (and Instagram captions) ready to fully embrace fall at some of the best photo spots of the season throughout the state. 

A colorful mural that reads "Harlem" at the Graffiti Hall of Fame
Credit: Kim McVeigh

From a restaurant lauded as New York City’s best by the New York Times to a museum that explores the Underground Railroad in New York to a theater dedicated to African American performance art, add these spots run by amazing Black leaders to your itinerary on your next New York State getaway.  

A woman in a striped sweater and cowboy hat walks under a jack o'lantern archway at Blaze: Long Island
Credit: @sahquart on Instagram

By land, sea, and air, New York State bids farewell to summer and hello to autumn with a festive lineup of events celebrating the harvest, foliage, and so much more!

Cuban dish at The Cube Inn; Photo Credit: @authorsarahumphreys on Instagram
Photo Credit: @authorsarahumphreys on Instagram

One of the best things about New York State is its history of welcoming immigrants and different cultures from around the world. Hispanic culture and its impact on culture in the United States can be experienced by visitors

The Canandaigua Lady, a replica of a 19th-century double-decker paddlewheel boat, on the lake at sunset surrounded by fall foliage

Get out on the water and see New York State’s marvelous fall foliage from a different perspective! Witness the beautiful shades of autumn reflected on the water’s surface as you cruise along historic canals, pristine lakes, and tranquil rivers

A grey seal swims through blue green water
Credit: @longislandaquarium on Instagram

Back-to-school season is here, but there’s plenty of summer fun still to be had! In between your searches for a new backpack, pencils, and glue sticks, plan

An aerial view of the Mill Pond Inn amid fall foliage
Credit: Justin Negard

Experience New York fall foliage while enjoying a memorable stay in a hotel or inn. Throughout New York State, you’ll find exciting hotels perfectly situated for eye-popping fall foliage views and memorable explorations, as well as charming places to spend a cozy weekend. Grab your favorite sweater, pack your bags, consult the I LOVE NY Fall Foliage Report, and get ready to spend a night or more at these New York hotels and places to stay.