Keats celebrated the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” while Nat King Cole sung of “the falling leaves drift by the window/The autumn leaves of red and gold...”

The poignant blaze of fall can bring out the poet or crooner in us all. And there are few places in the world where that golden, fiery display is as magnificent as upstate New York. If you’re visiting Manhattan in fall it makes a great escape. But first to get off the island – bridge or tunnel? Neither! Step aboard for a cruise up the Hudson River – once you get to Bear Mountain you’ll find it hard to believe you’re less than 50 mi (80 km) from Times Square.

Or, if you’re in Boston, you have some of the finest New England fall vistas within easy reach. Enjoy rolling hills of deciduous technicolor on a full day which includes lunch and a visit to an apple orchard where you can enjoy the fruits of the harvest. Or head south to beautiful Cape Cod. Once the crowds have abated a little after summer, you can take full advantage of natural and historic sights from rich fall colors to Hyannisport, famed compound of the Kennedy family (though closed to just about everyone else).

North of the border, they know a thing or two about trees. From Ottawa, cross over into Quebec to visit much-loved Gatineau Park, justly famed for its fall foliage. Along the Ottawa River and further inland, you’ll see more golden splendor than you can shake a camera at. Explore a slice of Canadian history or just get to grips with a slice of cake in a charming tea room. As you leave, long rays of the setting sun (weather permitting, naturally…) will show the leaves in their finest light, taking a bow before the heavy curtain of winter descends.

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Fall Foliage Sightseeing Tour from Boston

4 star rating: Recommended 178 Reviews

Marvel at the spectacular New England countryside on this scenic fall foliage tour from Boston. Bring your camera along for a drive east among gently rolling ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 8.5 - 9 hours

From USD $60.00

Fall on Cape Cod: Day Trip from Boston with Sightseeing Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 33 Reviews

Autumn is a special time on Cape Cod, so enjoy it to the fullest on this luxury coach tour and scenic sightseeing cruise, affording amazing views of New ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $62.00

Circle Line: Bear Mountain Full-Day Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 77 Reviews

Escape NYC and take a leisurely cruise up the Hudson River to historic Bear Mountain. You'll enjoy a 2.5-hour cruise each way, and have three hours to enjoy ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.99

New York City Fall Foliage Cruise with Lunch

Experience the unparalleled beauty of New York City during the fall season on this scenic cruise. From the seaport in Manhattan’s Financial District, cruise ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.00

Overnight Fall Foliage Tour from New York City

Journey north from bustling New York City to the beautiful Hudson River Valley on this special overnight tour. Relax on a fall foliage cruise down the Hudson ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $191.45

New York Fall Foliage Brunch Cruise Aboard a 1920s-Style Yacht

Admire the gorgeous changing leaves of autumn on this Hudson River cruise in New York. Aboard the 'Manhattan,' an elegant 1920s-style yacht, travel up the ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes

From USD $98.00

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