No need to leave the cities on this list from NBC News that offer plenty of leaf peeping right in the urban core. Pittsburgh makes the list for this reason:
“You don’t have to go that far for amazing views, or for opportunities to enjoy the sites, the sounds and the smells of fall,” when visiting Pittsburgh and its some 170 urban parks—all within the city limits—according to Michael Sexauer, vice president of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
. Riverview Park, built in the early 1890s on one of the highest points in the county, “offers some fantastic views of the changing foliage, not only in the park, but beyond,” Sexauer said. When in the heavily wooded Frick Park, the city’s largest, “you don’t realize you are in an urban setting,” he added. A quick drive to Schenley Park provides panoramic vistas of the downtown and easy access to walking trails. In October, Gateway Clipper Fleet
offers a number of journeys to “experience the beautiful colors of fall from the decks of our riverboat,” with food and entertainment, like half-day Fall Foliage Cruises ($50 for adults, $16 for children) and several nine hour cruises along the Ohio River. Venture Outdoors
, a nonprofit, will sponsor its Fall Foliage Ride on the Great Allegheny Passage on Oct. 7—an easy 22-mile round-trip to "celebrate the peak of fall foliage as we bike the oldest section of the Great Allegheny Passage." Riders will travel to Confluence, “a charming valley village,” where they can eat packed lunches or choose from a list of bike-friendly restaurants ($15 for non-members).
See the rest of the cities here.