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Why do people from all over the world head to the spectacular New York State foliage display? Unlike the rest of the country, the Northeast is particularly blessed with a great variety of broad-leaved trees, which help give the region's foliage a spectacular color range. New York State has almost as many acres of such trees as the rest of the Northeast combined.

The change in color from the bright greens of summer to the brilliant hues of fall follows a predictable pattern across the state. It begins high in the Adirondack and Catskill mountains in late August and early September, and spreads out and down across the hills and valleys of the state, ending on Long Island and in New York City in late October to early November. It takes about two weeks for the colors to complete their cycles in any given area, with peak brilliance lasting three to four days in any one spot.

Best time to take a vacation to New York

  • Best Time to Go

    It’s infamously difficult to schedule New York State vacations that coincide with both good weather and reduced crowds, but the best bet for striking this ideal balance is planning a New York State vacation for April or May when weather is good but summer crowds have not yet inundated the region. While this window of time doesn’t offer the best of the area’s events, it provides travelers on a New York State vacation an opportunity to explore The Big Apple with less hectic surroundings, as well as cooler weather ideal for outdoor events. During this springtime window, Visitors can enjoy Hanami, a Japanese ritual involving cherry blossoms.

Insider tips for New York travel

  • Island Lobster House

    The City Island Lobster House serves its culinary namesake with unparalleled beauty and artisan style.

  • Marie Crisis

    The tiny piano bar known as Marie Crisis hosts local performers and fans belting out classic show tunes.

  • 1899 Coffee

    Enjoy unique acoustics and live chamber music aboard an 1899 coffee barge moored under the Brooklyn Bridge.

  • Isamu Noguchi

    Visit the former home of sculptor Isamu Noguchi in Quenns, now a combination museum and Japanese garden.

  • Drive-in Cinema

    Visit the world’s smallest drive-in cinema located in Manhattan, with room for just a single car.

New York Vacation Packages

Hotel only $119

1 Wellington Hotel

871 Seventh Ave. @ 55th St. Map

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Classic comfort in the heart of MidtownThe Wellington Hotel's classic style and location close to many attractions, restaurants and theatres make this a popular choice. Just three blocks south of Central Park, five blocks north of Radio City Music Hall and Rockefeller... More

Hotel only $95

AAA 4-diamond winner at Niagara landmark hotel and casinoA multiple AAA 4-diamond award winner, the Seneca Niagara Hotel and Casino is the largest hotel in Western New York and includes a landmark casino with 4,200 slots and 100 games tables. Three on-site venues feature... More

Hotel only $51

3 Cocca's Inn and Suites, Wolf Road

2 Wolf Road Map

FREE CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

Albany hotel with nearby dining and shopping at Colonie Center Located across the street from Colonie Center mall, Cocca's Inn and Suites Wolf Road provides convenient access to a variety of options for dining and shopping. In addition, numerous businesses and restaurants... More

Hotel only $116

4 BEST WESTERN PLUS Arena Hotel

3 stars
3.5 / 5 11 reviews

1324 Atlantic Avenue Map

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Discover the best of New York City at this Brooklyn hotel- 100% non-smoking, close to the Brooklyn Childrens Museum and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. The BEST WESTERN PLUS Arena Hotel, a newly-constructed hotel, is committed to providing guests with friendly customer... More

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5 BEST WESTERN Kennedy Airport

14425 153rd Ln Map

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Our award winning JFK Airport hotel offers luxurious, clean accommodations and exceptional service. This JFK Airport hotel is just minutes away from John F Kennedy International Airport and the newly opened World Resort Casino. Located in Queens we are also near Yankee... More

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6 The Empire Hotel

44 West 63rd Street Map

Sophisticated Upper West Side hotel near Central Park, Lincoln CenterThe rich brown, grey and gold decor accented with animal-print pillows sets a tone of sophistication. Touches such as Frette linens and a cool rooftop bar make this hotel ideal for guests who appreciate... More

Hotel only $80

7 Holiday Inn NIAGARA FALLS

114 BUFFALO AVENUE Map

Niagara Falls Hotel Offers Perfect Location on the New York and Canada Border Welcome to the Holiday Inn Niagara Falls Hotel . Located at the New York and Ontario, Canada Border, our hotel at Niagara Falls is close to not only the falls but many other area attractions, as... More

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8 Red Roof Inn Albany Airport

2 stars
3.3 / 5 37 reviews

188 Wolf Rd Map

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Only 1 mile from Albany Airport, Red Roof Albany is close to so many attractions in the greater Albany area—SUNY Albany (5 miles), The Times Union Center, State Capitol, and Empire State Plaza (10 miles), and Saratoga Performing Arts Center and Saratoga Raceway (a... More

Hotel only $143

9 Pointe Plaza Hotel

3 stars
3.7 / 5 20 reviews

2 Franklin Ave Map

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Pointe Plaza Hotel, located in the heart of Historic as well as the up and coming Williamsburg Area of Brooklyn New York. The Pointe Plaza is like no other New York City or Downtown Brooklyn Hotel. The Pointe Plazas 70 loft style boutique Extended Stay rooms boast up to... More

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10 La Quinta Inn & Suites JFK Airport

3 stars
3.3 / 5 77 reviews

111-26 Van Wyck Expwy Map

Located just 2 1/2 miles from JFK Airport in Ozone NY, the La Quinta Inn & Suites JFK Airport offers a convenient free shuttle service to/from JFK Airport 24 hours per day only for our guests. We're minutes from the first Casino in New York City, ResortWorld Casino,... More

New York highlights

  • Hike the High Peaks, New York State

    Hike the High Peaks

    The crimsons, golds and purples of the Adirondack autumn will suck the film right out of your camera, and viewing experiences are abundant. You can try hiking one of the Adirondacks' 46 high peaks, and many, including the highest, Mt. Marcy, are within the ability of even novice climbers. The views from 5,344-foot-high Mt. Marcy and its sister peaks are outstanding in any season. Another amazing option would be filming the foliage from the ground level, especially when mirrored against Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake or world-famous Lake Placid. A third exhilarating experience would be enjoying views of Lake George in a hot-air balloon ride. Other family fun activities include the Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake and Tucker's Farm corn maize in Gabriels.

  • Bike the Hudson Valley, New York State

    Bike the Hudson Valley

    The Hudson Valley's celebrated beauty spawned an entire school of art, and an autumn bike tour of this historic and picturesque region will show you why. Stately estates, farmers markets, state parks, and incomparable views are just a few of the delights awaiting the cyclist. On the east bank of the Hudson River, a tour beginning in Hyde Park takes you past the Vanderbilt Mansion and the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, where you can see an air show, take a ride in a biplane, or just admire the antique aero planes. On the west bank, bike through leafy yellow tunnels formed by the overhanging trees along Harriman State Park's Seven Lakes Drive and gape at the views of the Hudson from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

  • Hike the Finger Lakes Region, New York State

    Hike the Finger Lakes Region

    The Finger Lakes region abounds in nature centers and wildlife preserves with thousands of acres set aside for hiking, canoeing and other outdoor pursuits. Good bets include the Beaver Lake Nature Center in Baldwinsville, the Howland Island Wildlife Management Area in Cayuga and the Limehollow Nature Center in Cortland. A must-see for leaf peepers is the Genesee Gorge, the 17-mile-long "Grand Canyon of the East" whose blue waters are sandwiched between blazing hills in Letchworth State Park. A favorite for wine enthusiasts is the Seneca Lake Wine Trail which begins in Branchport and ends in Watkins Glen. A popular option for foodies is the Wayne County Annual Apple Tasting Tour in Lyons in October.

  • Niagara Falls, New York State

    Niagara Falls

    Okay, let's ignore the wedding and honeymoon thing for a minute and just focus on the water. It flows down the Niagara River, picking up momentum as it courses along its ancient migratory pathway, reaching speeds of up to 30 mph before tumbling hundreds of thousands of gallons at a time over the craggy rocks of Niagara Falls. Take in the view in any number of ways: With your toes just inches from both sets of falls, the American Falls and the Horseshoe Falls; from your hotel room from way up high; or from the middle of the action, with the mist spraying up in your face. Whichever way chosen, the trip will be exhilarating.

  • Eleven Madison Park

    Try booking a table at New York City’s number one eatery, Eleven Madison Park, and relish in five-star delicatessens.

  • Finger Lakes

    Explore various segments of the Finger Lakes’ 560-mile-long trail, enjoying tastes of natural American diversity along the way.

  • Saratoga Race Course

    Enjoy the United States’ oldest racetrack, Saratoga Race Course, established in 1863 and open all summer long.

  • Brooklyn Bridge

    Admire enough inimitable and iconic views along one single stroll of the Brooklyn Bridge to fill an entire lifetime.

  • Modern Spiritualist Movement

    Get your fortune told at Lily Dale, home of the Modern Spiritualist Movement on Cassadaga Lake.

  • Shawangunk Wine Trail

    Explore 11 wineries along the Shawangunk Wine Trail while enjoying the state’s unforgettable variety of cultivars.

  • Greenmarket

    Visit the Greenmarket on Union Square where farmers flock to sell their fresh produce.

  • Niagara Falls

    View the famous Niagara Falls from an incredible vantage point or head straight into the spray aboard the Maid of the Mist.

  • Brooklyn Pizza

    Take the Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour and discover the most popular pizzerias and famous film locations in the area.

  • Central Park

    Even more famous than Central Perk – the coffee shop in Friends - Central Park receives thirty-five million visitors annually.

  • Introduction

    Most visitors embarking on New York State vacations envision the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and the capital city’s famous yellow cabs. But truth is, the sprawling and often bucolic New York State features 11 different regions, all of which offer their own take on the balance between coastal culture and proximity to the World’s Capital. New York State travel doesn’t have to stop at the city’s limits. Travelers willing to venture away from the world-famous burrows will discover historical attractions, genuine American hospitality, and abundant natural beauty stretching from countrywide to dramatic coast.