Witness New York State’s Spectacular Fall Foliage with a Private Helicopter Tour

Fall in New York is truly a sight to behold. Blazing colors of red, orange, and yellow leaves adorn the mountains and valleys from the Hudson Valley region all the way upstate. The best way to see these spectacular landscapes is aboard a private helicopter, of course! 

Whether you’re a local or a visitor, our popular fall foliage helicopter tour is an experience you won’t want to miss out on. Take in stunning landscape views of the regions’ vibrant colors during leaf-peeping season, which lasts from September to mid-October. In addition to the foliage, you’ll receive a bird’s-eye view of historic and natural landmarks. Aboard the Hudson Valley tour, you can see the Shawangunk Mountains, Mount Beacon, and West Point, America’s oldest military academy. For those further north, hop aboard a flight departing from Saratoga Airport, offering unparalleled views of Lake George or the Albany and Saratoga Springs regions.

An Enchanting Fall Experience Unlike Any Other

Avoid crowded trails and winding drives—see the vibrant fall foliage aboard a private helicopter tour!

Independent Helicopters offers exclusive tours to showcase the changing landscape and breathtaking fall foliage of the Hudson Valley or upstate New York. Whether you’re looking for a romantic date idea or a one-of-a-kind family adventure, a private helicopter tour is sure to please passengers of all ages. Your flight will be narrated by our experienced and highly trained pilots, and we even offer customizable routes to include your favorite fly-over spots!

Hudson Valley Fall Foliage Tours

A private helicopter tour in New York’s Hudson Valley region offers can’t-miss sights of Mohonk Mountain or the Walkway Over the Hudson, both adorned with a delightful autumnal color palette. Board your private helicopter from Stewart International Airport and embark on an enchanting getaway. As you soar high in the sky, watch as hues of gold and crimson envelop the mountains, forests, and rivers of the Hudson Valley’s natural landscape.

Shawangunk Mountains helicopter tour
Fly over “The Gunks” during peak foliage to experience the best of the Hudson Valley’s dramatic autumn landscapes.

Saratoga Springs and Lake George Fall Foliage Tours

From Saratoga Airport, choose your preferred route to experience views of upstate New York’s fall foliage like never before. Treat yourself to an hour-long tour over Lake George and take in spectacular sights of Fort William Henry, Million Dollar Beach, and the Adirondack High Peaks. You’ll witness the Adirondack region’s natural beauty and discover historic landmarks from a birds-eye view. Or, see the breathtaking beauty of Saratoga Lake with a tour of the Albany region. Downtown Saratoga Springs may be filled with bustling streets, but the view from the sky is best seen during fall when the region transforms under a canopy of ruby, copper, and gold.

fall foliage helicopter tour at sunset
New York State’s picturesque fall foliage weaves a tapestry of red, orange, and yellow that is best seen high above the trees on a private helicopter tour.

Know Before You Go

When planning your fall foliage helicopter tour, keep these tips in mind.

The best time to schedule your private helicopter tour is during leaf-peeping season, which lasts from September through mid-October. While spectacular sights can surely be seen along your favorite driving route or hiking trail, you’ll see an even more striking display of the regions’ fall foliage from the sky. With only a few weekends a year to see the best fall colors, make sure to plan ahead and book your tour early!

Our private helicopter tours can depart from either Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, N.Y., or Saratoga Airport in Ballston Spa, N.Y., depending on the route you choose. Both the Hudson Valley and upstate fall foliage tours utilize Robinson R44 helicopter, which can accommodate three guests. So, bring your friends and family along for the trip of a lifetime! Most importantly, don’t forget your camera. The sights awaiting you aboard one of our popular Fall Foliage tours make the perfect backdrop for an iconic proposal, romantic getaway, or unforgettable adventure.

best ways to see fall foliage in the hudson valley
The best way to see the breathtaking fall foliage of the Hudson Valley’s landscapes is with an exclusive tour from Independent Helicopters during leaf-peeping season.

Solo adventurers, romantics at heart, and families eager for a once-in-a-lifetime experience can’t miss the best views of Hudson Valley or Adirondack regions’ fall foliage aboard an exclusive tour with Independent Helicopters. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up-to-date on our schedule of events, learn more about helicopter flight training, or schedule your own private adventure.