Legendary for its fall colors, Cooperstown and Upstate New York make the perfect place for an autumn drive. Depending on where you are traveling from or if you just want to take a one-day road trip adventure during your stay at The Inn at Cooperstown, there are plenty of scenic drives that provide beautiful views and an endless supply of fall foliage. So, buckle up and discover these fall drives in Cooperstown Upstate NY.
As America’s longest federal highway, Route 20 stretches from the NY-Massachusetts border to the town of Ripley, NY. Enjoy historic charm, a stop at the state’s capital, and of course, our very own Glimmer Glass State Park in Cooperstown, NY. Home to the beautiful Otsego Lake, Glimmer Glass State Park lights up in autumn with an abundance of colorful foliage.
Upper Delaware Scenic Byway
Following the Delaware River between the borders of NY and Delaware, the 70-mile Upper Delaware Scenic Byway (NYS Route 97) offers dramatic river vistas, famous trout streams, and unique Catskill hamlets with plentiful art galleries and antique shops. Attractions along the way include the French Woods State Forest Preserve, the Crystal Lake State Reservation, and the Elks Brox Memorial Park. In mid-October, experience color-soaked roadsides and fall foliage lining the riverbanks.
Mohawk Towpath National Scenic Byway
Following the Mohawk River, the Mohawk Towpath National Scenic Byway runs between Schenectady and Waterford telling the story of the Erie Canal. Highlights along this route include stopping off at the villages and neighborhoods that dot the way including, the town Colonie, Glenville, Halfmoon, and Waterford.
High Peaks Scenic Byway
The High Peaks Scenic Byway is a 30-mile road along Route 73 within the Adirondack Park that leads to the Olympic Village of Lake Placid. Climb through narrowing passes surrounded by towering mountains, flowing streams, waterfalls, and beautiful lakes. Encompassing 85% of all the wilderness in the Eastern U.S., the Adirondacks provide endless mountain views, river valleys, verdant forests, and plenty of chances to see fall foliage.
Great Lake Seaway Trail
While you may not plan to do the entire 500-mile drive, plan to drive sections of the Great Lake Seaway Trail is one of the best fall drives in Cooperstown Upstate NY. The long route connects major landmarks of the St. Lawrence River, the Great Lake, and Niagara Falls. See over 25 lighthouses, enjoy wine tastings and seemingly endless fall colors.
Where to stay in Cooperstown
Whether you are passing through or have made Cooperstown your home base, complete your fall road trip with a stay at The Inn at Cooperstown. When you stay at our luxurious bed and breakfast, you’re always treated as our number one priority with world-class service and top-notch amenities. Enjoy elegant, yet casual furnishings with exceptional amenities in each of our rooms and suites. Plus, an excellent in-town location near historic Main Street, the Baseball Hall of Fame, and more!
Cooperstown vacation package
Book your fall getaway and enjoy the colors as well as the ghostly magic of Cooperstown with our Fright and Delight vacation package. Includes a 2-night stay, admission for two to Hyde and Shriek, Things go Bump in the Night, and Cooperstown Candlelight Ghost Tour, plus much more. Call 607-547-5756 to book.
Start planning your fall getaway today and book your stay with The Inn at Cooperstown!