So you've spent the beginning of fall driving the open country roads, battling fellow leaf peepers for the best views of the multicolored foliage. Perhaps now it's time to catch the remnants of the season from an even more pleasant perspective, high above, where the colors come together in the form of a beautiful tapestry below.
No matter what the time of year, think of touring the country in flight, for that elusive perspective only had by birds, and a select few human beings. Here are some ideas, around the country.
Helicopter Above New York
From the air, the largest city in America takes on an almost toylike appearance, as if you could reach out and grab the Empire State Building, a la King Kong. If you've ever had the opportunity to fly the length of the island while waiting to land at LaGuardia or JFK, you've had a taste of its majesty. But by helicopter, you can dip your way down among the buildings, come face to face with the Statue of Liberty and sidle up next to the Chrysler Building.There are plenty of options in the city, with sightseeing tours at New York Helicopter starting at $139 a person for a 15-minute ride. Try the longer Grand Tour and visit sites from the Bronx's Yankee Stadium all the way down to Battery Park. The ride is 25 minutes, at $295 per passenger. Reserve your flight for a time close to sunset.
Or, if you really want to get the full helicopter experience, why not charter your own for you and your friends, and head out to the Hamptons to party. Six-passenger charters at Liberty Helicopter start at $2,900. It'll take you 40 minutes of gorgeous coastline flying to reach the end of the island.
Biplane rides offer the unique opportunity to fly through the air, while feeling the wind on your face, in an open cockpit. Flying companies across the country offer retro rides in some of the most picturesque of locales.