Mid Atlantic Fall Foliage & Colors (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, OH, ON, PA, VA, WV)

Mid Atlantic Fall Foliage

While New England may offer the best of the best when it comes to fall foliage, the mid-Atlantic region comes in a close second. In fact, some people may even argue that the changing colored leaves of western Pennsylvania or the fall foliage of the Catskills are second to none. Also, since it takes longer for it to get colder in the mid-Atlantic region than in New England, the states of Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York are awarded with a longer fall season, and hence, time to enjoy the magical fall foliage scenery, when the show further north is over.

Mid-Atlantic fall foliage can be viewed in a number of different ways. Hiking and traveling by foot is the best way to get an up close and personal view of the changing colored leaves. There are certain prime hiking spots that you should add to your itinerary if you'd like an unforgettable view of the fall scene: Consider taking a hike through the Shenandoah Mountains of Virginia, the Adirondack Mountains of New York, or the woodsy area right outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Even a walk in Central or Prospect Park is a treat during the foliage season.

Mid Atlantic Fall Getaways

Another way to take in the colorful outdoor scenery is by car—driving is perfect for people who only have a short amount of time to view mid-Atlantic fall foliage. If you're traveling from Point A to Point B during your mid-Atlantic fall getaway, anytime between September and December, consider taking "the scenic route" rather than busy highways—you'll get to experience as less busy look at nature.

More expensive—and, let's face it, more exciting—options include taking a hot air balloon ride, helicopter ride, or boat ride to view the fall foliage from different vantage points. In some areas (like around the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia or Maryland), you can even book a fall foliage cruise.

Maryland Fall Colors

With major cities like Baltimore, Annapolis, and Washington, DC nearby, the state of Maryland is often overlooked as possessing some of the most amazing fall colors on the east coast.

First of all, even in the city centers you'll find magnificent fall foliage. Walk down the Washington Mall; take a walk around Baltimore's Inner Harbor; or tour the grounds of Annapolis' Naval Academy, and you'll experience DC and Maryland fall colors at their best. Move out from the cities in the direction of the Shenandoah Mountains, the Potomac River, Rock Creek Park, or Theodore Roosevelt Island and you'll experience colors like you thought only existed in New England. Take some pictures—the folks up north will ask for proof when you tell them Maryland's got just as serious fall foliage to offer as Vermont!

One benefit of fall foliage touring in the Maryland / DC / Virginia area is that alongside much of the orange, yellow, and red vistas are amazing historical sites and family-friendly vacation spots. For example, the historical tree-lined streets of Alexandria, Virginia will provide you with a look at Virginia fall colors, as well as an insider view of one of Washington, DC's most popular suburbs. A walk through Colonial Williamsburg will also give you that dual-perspective: You'll experience fantastic fall scenery amidst one of Virginia's most visited and beloved living museums.

Of course, as you head north into Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, you'll also be able to combine the beautiful and natural with the historical and fun. Heading to Lancaster, Pennsylvania? Bring the kids to Amish Country before hopping back in the car and enjoying the Pennsylvania fall foliage. Heading up to Lake Placid, New York? Go boating on the Finger Lakes, visit a winery, and tour some of the area's historic mansions—all the while taking in the fantastic western New York fall colors.
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Long Island has some stunning Fall Foliage sites, for the local leaf-peepers, not far from New York City limits. Start with the historic North Shore Mansions and just drive or bike around - you will not be alone. Peak Fall Foliage is usually around the end of October and the beginning of November, when the Fall Foliage show in most of New England has ended for the season.
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Stop anyone from the Bronx, Manhattan or any New Yorker and say fall foliage - and he or she will probably respond with Vermont or New England, or even Upstate. But for both tourists enjoying fall in New York City and locals who like staying home, there are some surprisingly good fall color displays within the city limits. Fall Foliage peaks around the end of October and early November, when the Fall Foliage show has shut down at the higher elevations.
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Catskills and Hudson Valley Fall Foliage Tours make for ideal weekend activities for New York City-area leaf-peepers. The region is close enough to much of the New York Metropolitan area for a weekend or even a day trip. There are many options for viewing the Hudson Valley Fall Foliage - by boat, by train, by foot or even by vintage biplane. The Fall Colors put on the same show for you as they did for the Rockefellers at Kykuit and at the other Hudson Valley Mansions. Catskills Fall Foliage Routes wind around picturesque towns, lakes and mountains. The Fall Foliage season lasts from mid-September to the end of October.
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Adirondack and Northern New York Fall Foliage Tours are more remote than the standard New England Fall Foliage Routes. Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Lake George combine interesting towns, mountains and water to the Foliage experience. The Adirondack High Peaks area kicks off New York State's Fall Foliage season in mid-September, which extends into October in the lower elevations of Lake George and the Thousand Islands.
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The fall colors are enjoyed in the rolling farmland of Western New York, generally in the first three weeks in October. Finger Lakes Fall Foliage Tours can be combined with fine dining and winery visits for a nice long weekend trip in Upstate New York.
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Philadelphia Pennsylvania Fall Foliage lovers have a few popular areas for viewing the Fall Colors. The Poconos offer Foliage viewing in a resort environment, great for October weekends. The Fall harvest season is a good time to visit the unique towns of the Pennsylvania Dutch Country, around Lancaster. Antique train rides through the countryside are an enjoyable way to spend an hour or two. Spend a lunch break in downtown Philadelphia admiring a park designed by William Penn himself. Early October is peak foliage season in the Poconos, moving south peaking in late October around Philadelphia.
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The Fall Foliage season lasts into November in the Washington, DC area. Maryland and Virginia are good Foliage destinations for DC-area residents, including north or south on the Potomac. Washington Foliage can be enjoyed during lunch breaks on the mall, around the Tidal Basin and in nearby parks.
Allegheny Mountains, Southwestern Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Fall Foliage and Colors Tours Allegheny Mountains, Southwestern Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Fall Foliage and Colors Tours
Pittsburgh Fall Foliage lovers can find lots of Foliage Tours and even Foliage Cruises can be found around their part of Pennsylvania. A definite highlight is Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater in the Autumn season. The Laurel Highlands are a favorite destination for Pennsylvania leaf peepers, with hiking and biking trails and whitewater rafting. Peak Foliage season is in mid-October.