While the Catskills and the Hudson Valley may get the bulk of admiration when it comes to NYC-area leaf peeping, don’t sleep on the Adirondacks. Sure, it’s a farther drive from the city—about four hours, give or take—but you’ll be rewarded with some of the most spectacular foliage on the East Coast.
The Adirondack Park region, however, is massive: It encompasses more than 6 million acres of upstate New York. So if it’s your first time, make a beeline for the accessible and charming Lake George area, which is known as the birthplace of the American vacation. Should you need any more convincing, read on for the best things to do in Lake George.