Fall Colors - and More - in the Adirondacks
As part of my fall color tour around the United States, I've shared some gems from my home state of Michigan - the perfect fall colors weekend in Traverse City, and a fall color weekend getaway to Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids; and a colorful cross-cultural exploration of fall colors in Seattle.
I couldn’t share a US fall color tour without including upstate New York – one of the most popular areas to see fall’s incredible, colorful beauty. The Adirondacks are famous for their colors – and justly so. In addition, there’s great community there, with plenty to see, experience, and do.
I went to an expert – Jennifer Miner, of The Vacation Gals – to ascertain why she thinks the Adirondacks are one of the best places in the United States to see fall colors. She notes:
The Adirondacks in upstate New York are famously gorgeous year-round, with many terrific leaf-peeping areas in the fall. Lake Placid and Saranac Lake are perhaps the most famous, though I grew up vacationing at Lake George, and can attest to its autumnal beauty as well. The Adirondack region is large enough to offer many happy fall foliage seekers different places to go; six million acres means a lot of trees! Because it's a mountain range, the higher elevations in the Adirondacks means that the fall foliage season is unusually long. The mountain peaks' trees change color first, and the lake regions last. Check out scenic drives along Blue Ridge Road or the Olympic Byway; having gone to college in the foothills of the Adirondacks, I also recommend the Southern Adirondack trail.
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