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This map shows you the best time to see gorgeous fall foliage in New York

Written by
Jennifer Picht

It’s pumpkin spice, witchy attire and Bon Iver season—also known as fall in New York.

Your autumn checklist of things to do probably includes a few fall day trips upstate to bask in the trees covered in red, yellow and orange leaves. Sadly, however, there’s only a small window to see such glorious fall foliage at its peak before the leaves start to shed and Old Man Winter blows his frosty wrath our way. 

So how will you know when's the best time to plan your upstate excursions and fall getaways to popular places such as the Catskills and Adirondacks? Luckily, there's a fall foliage leaf tracker that shows you when the leaves are ready for admiring. shows you when the leaves are partially changing as well as when they’ve hit those “near peak” and “peak” warm tones.

Currently, the leaves are just starting to change. (We're in the yellow zone!) And according to the map, the week of October 15 is when the trees will most likely be at their best. Keep that in mind when you start booking any leaf peeping tours like Circle Line’s Bear Mountain Cruise.

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