Adirondacks Travel Guide

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Getting Around Adirondacks

The best way to get around the Adirondacks is by car, whether it be your own or a rental. Having a set of wheels enables you to experience the region's gorgeous scenery at your own pace. Plus, the Adirondacks' ideal location makes the area easily accessible in a day's drive. That said, hopping on the Amtrak from New York City's Penn Station to Lake Placid is an excellent alternative if you don't plan on bringing a vehicle. Another option: flying into Adirondack Regional Airport (SLK) in Saranac Lake or Plattsburgh International Airport (PBG) and renting a car from there. Either way, plan to get behind the wheel if you're looking to visit a variety of areas and attractions. If you would rather get the lay of the land by water, you'll find boating is a popular means of getting around specific regions.

Car

A car comes in handy if you're planning to check out numerous sites in the Adirondacks. You'll primarily stay on Interstate 87 to reach major destinations. There are also 14 scenic byways throughout the region for those looking for a road less traveled. Familiar rental companies, including Hertz and Enterprise, can be found at Adirondack Regional Airport and Plattsburgh International Airport. If you're planning a winter visit, keep in mind snowfall can make for difficult driving conditions. Check weather advisories frequently and don't forget to keep a full tank of gas.

On Foot

Once you reach your desired destination in the Adirondacks, it's likely you'll want to stretch your legs along the region's scenic trails. With more than 2,000 miles of diverse paths to choose from, the Adirondack trails are catered to a variety of adventure travelers. Avid climbers will likely want to trek up Blue Mountain, which features lush forests, soaring heights and sweeping vistas. The Blue Line of the Trans Adirondack Route is ideal for experienced and novice hikers alike and boasts jaw-dropping views of some of the most picturesque mountain peaks in the region.

Boat

The Adirondacks features 1,500 miles of rivers and 3,000 lakes, making cruising along the water a common pastime. Reliable boat rentals are scattered throughout popular regions, including Tupper Lake, Plattsburgh and Lake George. (Prices and availability may vary.) Canoes, paddleboards, kayaks, water sports gear and other water-related equipment is also available to rent at many of the area's boat companies.

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