Amtrak is bringing its one-and-only “Dome Car” to upstate New York for the fall leaf-peeping season. The car features an upper level with windows on all sides and overhead to give passengers good views of the fall colors on the route from Albany to Montreal through Oct. 29.
The refurbished vintage car dates to 1955 and has a dome section running the full length of the car.
The dome car will operate northbound from Albany to Montreal on Thursdays, Saturdays and Mondays. It returns south from Montreal on Fridays, Sundays, and Tuesdays.
Across the country, state tourism agencies are promoting scenic drives along routes where foliage provides fall color. In most places, early to mid-October is peak season, depending on when the first cold snap hits, but some regions, including New York’s Adirondacks and California’s southern Sierras, report leaves are already starting to turn.
Here are some websites that provide updated reports on fall color.
Colorado: www.colorado.com/articles/aspen-viewing-colorado-fall-foliage-drives, with links to state parks and U.S. Forest Service
Connecticut: www.depdata.ct.gov, under “Advisories” click on “fall foliage”
New Hampshire: www.visitnh.gov/foliage has an interactive map and a mobile app
New York: www.iloveny.com/fall
North Carolina: www.visitnc.com
South Dakota: www.travelsd.com/Outdoors/Fall-Foliage
Wisconsin: www.travelwisconsin.com/fall-color-report, interactive map
Asheville, N.C.: www.romanticasheville.com/fall.htm
Georgia State Parks: http://gastateparks.org/item/149688
Great Smoky Mountains National Park: www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/fallcolor.htm
New England: Yankee Magazine, www.yankeefoliage.com