The best times to explore upstate New York's foliage depends on how far north you intend to travel. If you are in the peaks of the Adirondacks, then the latter half of September is ideal. If you are in the low-lying region of Thousand Islands, the latter half of October is your best bet.
Camping in the Adirondacks and The Finger Lakes
If you enjoy the mountains then try camping in the six-million acre park of the Adirondacks. If you prefer a picturesque lake front, then Watkins Glen on the Southern tip of Seneca Lake, one of the Finger Lakes, is your best bet.
Cross-Country Skiing in the Capitol/Saratoga Region and the Catskills
The Capitol/Saratoga Region's Tree Haven Trails in Hagaman boasts 45 kilometers of trails. Rosendale's Williams Lake Resort in the Catskills boasts 750 acres of pure woodland skiing.
Downhill Skiing in Central Leatherstocking and Chautauqua/Allegheny Regions
Shu-Maker Mountain in Central Leatherstocking's Little Falls has a kid-ski program. If you want variety, your best bet is Ellicottville's Holiday Valley in the Chautauqua/Allegheny Region where they have as many as 52 trails from which to pick. Experts should check out Hunter and Windham mountains in the Catksills and Whiteface and other slopes in the Adirondacks.
Golfing in Hudson Valley
The Golf Club at Mansion Ridge is the only Jack Nicklaus Signature course open to the public. It is located in Monroe.
The Niagara Frontier
The Niagara Frontier is the home of Niagara Falls. Amazingly, the Falls does not freeze in the winter.
Article Written By James Edward Kelley
James Edward Kelley has been writing since 1987. Former Poet Laureate of Portugal, Jose Brites, is going to be publishing a book of Kelley's poetry, and his short story, "Cadeau's Finale," has been published on Slurvemag.com. Kelley won the Henry Fonda Young Playwright's Award for the first play he ever wrote, "A Venture into a Handicapped Person's Mind."