State’s Official Fall Foliage Color Reports Begin September 7

ALBANY, N.Y., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ — With the colorful fall foliage season almost upon us, vacation regions around New York State are preparing for a busy travel season — one that draws thousands of foliage watchers to the roadways and waterways, hiking and biking routes, small towns, scenic spots, country fairs, and harvest festivals around the state. It is also when the I LOVE NEW YORK “Leaf Peepers” swing into action — scouring New York’s countryside to gather the information Empire State Development’s Division of Tourism uses to compile its weekly fall foliage reports.

“New York State in autumn offers magnificent foliage and a wonderful array of seasonal festivals,” said Charles A. Gargano, Chairman of Empire State Development, which administers the I LOVE NEW YORK program. “Under Governor George Pataki, we’ve been proactive in letting visitors know about New York State’s autumn glory.”

Get Up-to-Date Fall Foliage Color Reports

New York’s weekly I LOVE NEW YORK fall foliage color reports begin Wednesday, September 7, and continue until the end of the foliage season, around the first week in November. Each Wednesday afternoon throughout the season, reports are updated to provide the latest information on foliage color conditions in each region of the state. Reports are available by dialing, toll-free, 1-800-CALL-NYS (1-800-225-5697) from anywhere in the U.S., its territories and Canada. From all other areas, the number is 518-474-4116.

The weekly foliage report, a detailed map charting fall color progress, vantage points for viewing spectacular foliage and weekly event listings are also available by visiting the I LOVE NEW YORK web site at http://www.iloveny.com/ .

For information on becoming a volunteer Leaf Peeper, call I LOVE NEW YORK at 1-800-CALL-NYS (1-800-225-5697) or e-mail your name, address and phone number to foliage@empire.state.ny.us.

Foliage Means Business for New York State

The spectacular colors of a New York State autumn mean more than just pretty scenery to those in the State’s travel and tourism industry. The fall foliage season means big business for New York; it’s one of the state’s most popular travel seasons. This so-called “shoulder season” has become a favorite time for weekend getaways and week-long vacations, as well as the traditional drive to the country to view nature’s colorful display.

New York State’s Advantage

Why do people from all over the world head to the spectacular New York State foliage display? Unlike the rest of the country, the northeastern U.S. is particularly blessed with a great variety of broad-leaved trees, which help give the region’s foliage a spectacular color range. Also, New York State has almost as many acres of such trees as the rest of the Northeast combined.

The change in color from the bright greens of summer to the brilliant hues of fall follows a predictable pattern across the state. It begins high in the Adirondack and Catskill mountains in late August and early September, and spreads out and down across the hills and valleys of the state, ending on Long Island and in New York City in late October to early November. It takes about two weeks for the colors to complete their cycles in any given area, with peak brilliance lasting three to four days in any one spot.

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