Fall is almost here – the air is getting cooler, the days are getting shorter, and the leaves are getting gorgeous! It’s one of the best times to visit New York City. If you don’t want to leave your leaf-peeping to chance, I Love NY has got you covered. From Albany to Buffalo and everywhere in between, you can find real-time coverage of the changing colors.
Every Wednesday afternoon, I Love NY releases its Fall Foliage Report, allowing you to easily find out exactly where the leaves are changing. Leaf-spotters across the state provide ongoing updates of the colors you can currently see and what you can expect to find during the coming week.
As of September, New York State is still largely green but there are already signs that fall is coming. (Credit: I Love NY)
Throughout the fall months, these weekly updates will help you pinpoint where the colors are at their peak, so you can plan a fun weekend trip to marvel at nature’s unique color palette. And if you’re reading this, then you already know that the easiest way to get to these spots is through Wanderu!
You can find plenty of bus routes from New York City to beautiful areas around the state, including Ithaca, Lake George, and Saratoga Springs. Of course, you don’t have to live in NYC to find a cheap and convenient trip to any of these gorgeous foliage areas. You can easily hop on a bus and get from Montreal to Lake Placid, Boston to Buffalo, or Philadelphia to Syracuse.
Once you make it to your destination and explore the views, you can take your leaf-peeping to new heights in a hot air balloon! Rides are available in Letchworth and the Adirondacks for a spectacular vantage point to take in the full spectrum of fall colors.
Also, while you’re out taking selfies with the red- and orange-turning leaves, be sure to take advantage of all the other fall fun in New York! You can find a full list of fall festivals and events, including apple picking, pumpkin carving, corn mazes, and even beer tasting at I Love NY, and you can find the bus routes to get you there right here!
So grab a sweater, check the Fall Foliage Report, and book your ticket to one of these dreamy fall destinations! Don’t forget to charge your phone because you will not want to miss out on all the wild photo opportunities with the gorgeous landscape.