Lakes to Locks Passage Announces Five Fall Foliage Experiences for Travelers to Enjoy in Upstate New York

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Discover the area's beautiful scenery by boat, car, bike, foot and train during the fall foliage season.

Photo of the Glens Falls Feeder Canal in Fall from Diane Collins

The Glens Falls Feeder Canal. Credit: Diane Collins

Lakes to Locks Passage has announced its top five ways to experience the beautiful fall foliage throughout the upstate New York tourism region this season. The region, which stretches from Albany to Quebec along the interconnected waterways of the Hudson River, Champlain Canal, Lake George and Lake Champlain and includes Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Washington, Warren, Essex and Clinton Counties, offers five fall foliage experiences travelers should consider this season.

Information on these experiences and much more can be found on The site, which is co-branded with National Geographic, emphasizes travel and tourism opportunities that are submitted by local residents and locally-owned businesses. The web site, a collaborative effort with National Geographic, is based on the principles of Geotourism, which is defined as tourism that contributes to the economic health of communities by enhancing the geographical character of a place – its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage and well-being of its residents.

Visitors can explore the Lakes to Locks Passage:

By Boat

Enjoy the picturesque autumn landscape while traveling on one of the scenic cruises offered by Champlain Canal Tours, based in Schuylerville, NY, along the Hudson River and Champlain Canal. Experience “locking through” the canal, and explore the peaceful and scenic area, rich with natural beauty and wildlife, which was central to the Battle of Saratoga – the “Turning Point” of the Revolutionary War. Learn about the last days of General Burgoyne’s trapped and suffering army in the cold wet autumn of 1777 during a Moonlight Hike at Victory Woods on September 30.

By Car

Visitors to the region can enjoy a leisurely drive through Lakes to Locks Passage. Explore “The Great Northern Turnpike,” a self-guided itinerary that takes travelers through the scenic and rural landscape that inspired artists such as Norman Rockwell and Grandma Moses. Artists will celebrate the beauty of the working landscape with the Landscapes for Landsake art exhibition, featuring more than 200 works of art at Maple Ridge in Coila, NY October 6-8.

By Bik­e

Enjoy the crisp autumn air while you bike along New York State Bike Route 9, or discover the thematic bike adventures of Lake Champlain Bikeways. Download the “Northern Adirondack Coast Bikeways Brochure” and travel along the “Acres of Apples” bike route, a loop that winds through a magnificent landscape of apple orchards and the hamlet of Peru, a charming community that retains vestiges of its agrarian past. Visit the Babbie Rural & Farm Learning Museum October 13-15 for their Harvest Day Celebration, and learn about rural and farm life in the Champlain Valley and Adirondacks prior to the 1950s.

By Foot

Explore hiking trails and historic walking tours of intact 19th century towns, villages and hamlets. Visitors can enjoy the La Chute River Walk Interpretive Trail, which celebrates the extraordinary variety of industries clustered around the waterfalls and rapids on the La Chute River between Lake George and Lake Champlain. Visit the Penfield Homestead Museum in nearby Ironville, a hamlet of Crown Point, and experience the Penfield Haunted Homestead event, with ghoulish stories for adults and children on October 28.

By Train

Amtrak has recently announced the annual return of its vintage dome car to the Adirondack Route. The Adirondack, which travels between the Albany-Rensselaer Station and Montreal daily, contains picturesque views along the western shore of Lake Champlain, Hudson River Valley, Adirondacks, and Vermont. Amtrak's Adirondack Service is called "One of the Top 10 Most Scenic Train Trips in North America" by Conde Nast Traveler. On weekends, National Park Service volunteers act as step-on guides between Cronton-Harmon and Westport. Visitors can learn more about the dome car at

Over 600 upstate New York travel experiences, all recommended by locals, are featured on the website. Through a collaboration with National Geographic, visitors can pinpoint places of interest on a map and then learn about the region’s nature, history, special events and outdoor experiences.

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