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Fall foliage has reached peak in the Finger Lakes: Time is running out to see colors

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As the curtain falls on October, New York State’s vivid autumn colors are painting the southern regions, offering stunning views particularly in the Finger Lakes, Hudson Valley, Capital-Saratoga, Greater Niagara, and Central New York areas.

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In areas such as the Finger Lakes, Cayuga County’s Auburn expects a 95% foliage transformation, showcasing muted yellows and browns and pops of red. Elmira in Chemung County anticipates an 85% change, characterized by hues of gold, orange, rust, and yellow. Meanwhile, Rochester in Monroe County predicts a visual treat with up to 95% color transition, revealing a rich tapestry of yellows, reds, and oranges. Spotters specifically highlight this week as prime for fall foliage tourism, emphasizing the brilliant blending of gold and fiery reds that deliver a remarkable visual experience.

Diverse conditions await visitors in various parts of the state. For instance, Ontario County expects between 50% to 90% foliage change, with areas like Rushville presenting brilliant yellows, oranges, and greens. Tompkins County, including Trumansburg and Ithaca, anticipates peak to just-past-peak colors with dominant golden yellows, burnt oranges, and deep reds. Onondaga County’s Syracuse has seen considerable change recently, expecting up to 70% foliage shift this weekend, featuring mustard-yellow and orange shades complemented by dark red bursts. As the season progresses, travelers are encouraged to explore these regions to experience nature’s grand autumnal display.

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