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Leaf Peeping Day Trips From Saratoga

There's no better season to take a day trip than fall! Several notoriously beautiful leaf peeping spots are all in driving range from Saratoga Springs. Take a look at our top picks.

Manchester, Vermont

a church in Manchester with beautiful orange and red fall foliage on trees surrounding it

Everyone flocks to Vermont for leaf peeping, and with good reason! The state is filled to the brim with beautiful trees during the fall season. If you're taking a day trip up north, enjoy a scenic route that will provide incredible views of the foliage from Manchester to Middlebury.

The Catskills

Take a drive south along the Hudson River for great foliage views. If you missed your chance to catch the leaves during their peak in the Saratoga and Adirondack area, you may be able to see them in the Catskills, as they typically turn a little later down in that direction. The Catskills Forest Preserve is home to 300,000 acres of forests adorned with cliffs, fire towers, and waterfalls. Your options for leaf peeping in the Catskills are essentially endless!


Head west to scenic Cooperstown for a perfect leaf peeping day trip. Take a ride down Route 31 or Route 80 and enjoy the beautiful water views along Otsego Lake. From the rolling hills to the famous Sleeping Lion Mountain, there are plenty of opportunities to catch a great shot of fall foliage in its prime.

Hudson Valley

The Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park provides ample opportunities for leaf peeping. The world's longest elevated pedestrian bridge can be found here at 212 feet high and just over one mile long. You definitely do not want to leave your camera at home! Prepare for incredible views of the changing leaves and enjoy the walk.

Mount Marcy

Mount Marcy should be attempted only if you are an experienced hiker. It's the highest peak in New York State which provides a panoramic view of the mountains in their fall glory. While it may be a challenging hike, the view from the top is most definitely worth it. Not in the mood to hike? Take a drive towards Marcy and enjoy the foliage driving up the Northway and through the scenic Route 73 corridor towards Lake Placid.

Note: The peak period for foliage varies throughout New York State. Typically, areas further north begin to peak during the last week of September and then move along south. However, mother nature cannot always be predicted! It's best to check ahead here for up to date reports before you plan your day trip.

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