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There's no place like home (central New York and the Adirondacks) for the fall foliage season. I have friends who live in Florida that come up to the Utica-Rome area in late September/early October just for the color change. And it is breathtaking. Check out more details.

Different regions of New York state have peak foliage times, usually northern Adirondacks change well before central and southern regions. You can get specific peak foliage times in the Adirondack Fall Guide, and according to adirondack.net:

"With some of the most impressive foliage in the Northeast, the Adirondacks are a prime destination for visitors and locals alike with a desire to view some of the most breathtaking vistas from the areas numerous mountains.

Get your camera ready because the Adirondack fall foliage guide is here! The Adirondacks provide such excellent fall foliage viewing because the deciduous tree population is dominated by only a few species, which all turn color more or less in unison. This provides excellent all-over color at peak that is rare in other parts of the world. See our Adirondack fall foliage map for typical peak foliage viewing in different parts of the Adirondacks.

Adirondack fall foliage is always difficult to report or predict with 100% accuracy because the region is so vast and there are so many factors. Sunlight and the length of days are responsible for when trees show their yellows, oranges and reds. The frosts and cold snaps determine the intensity of the deep reds and purples."