In this Travel With Val report, our Valarie D'Elia lets city slickers know what are the best ways to escape the concrete jungle and enjoy fall foliage.
Leaf-peeping in and around New York City doesn't have to be complicated, especially when we have 843 acres of foliage ready to wow in our very own Central Park.
Or, how about a simple walk along the High Line? The nearly 1.5 mile long linear park lists several fall-inspired tours, including wildlife viewing on Oct. 1, and a garden tour Oct. 13
For more colorful activities around the five boroughs, go to nycgo.com/fall
Why not let the changing scenery float by you on any number of Hudson River cruises? Classic Harbor Line has a series of fall foliage floats in October from Chelsea Piers, as well as a full day trip to Bear Mountain and a Hudson River Day Cruise on the Columbus Day weekend.
The Spirit of New York's three-hour Saturday lunch cruises depart Pier 61 on Oct. 15 and Oct. 29.
If you prefer to get out of the city by train, head for the Hudson Valley and the Catskills, where priceline.com is offering "express deals," such as 2-star hotels for around $122 a night during the peak middle two weeks of October.
To time it just right, check out the weekly foliage report on iloveny.com