While we’ve certainly experienced some steamy days this fall, it is October, which means the leaves on area trees will soon start to turn. (The Old Farmer’s Almanac, predicts an especially vivid show this year, with NYC enjoying peak colors through the end of October. For up-to-date status of things, check out New York State’s fall foliage report.) A trip out of town is nice, but you don’t have to leave the city to see incredible color. Click through to find spots for gorgeous vistas, unique vantage points and full-on autumn splendor.

Bear Mountain

True, this is not in NYC, but we can't resist. Venturing further afield, hike Bear Mountain’s well-maintained, child-friendly trail (steps in steep parts, handrails throughout) to the top (or you can drive) to see the Hudson Valley in all of its fall splendor. On clear days you can see the Freedom Tower in the distance.

Logistics: It's about a two-hour drive via the Palisades Interstate Parkway

photo: bazusa via Flickr

cover photo: Phillippe Put via Flickr

What’s your go-to spot to see glorious fall foliage with the kids? Tell us in the comments below! 

— Cheryl deJong-Lambert