Getting Here

Explore six million acres of wild beauty just minutes from the Quebec border, five hours northwest of Boston and four hours north of NYC.
Sleeping Beauty Mt
Sleeping Beauty Mt

View southeast at sunrise

Johnathan Esper •

By Car

The largest park in the continental U.S. lies within a day's drive for 60 million people. Just minutes from the Quebec border, five hours northwest of Boston and four hours north of New York City, this six-million-acre wilderness awaits discovery. From towering mountains, to wild rivers and tranquil valleys - the Adirondack Park is one of the most diverse regions in the Northeast.

Interstate Highways/Scenic Byways

With so much to explore and do in the Adirondack Park, getting here is just part of the adventure. Interstate 87 and 81 make travelling by car easy, quick and affordable. One tank trips are popular with metro NYC, Vermont and Canadian travelers. Fourteen Adirondack Scenic Byways crisscross the region, from off the beaten path attractions to historic locations and incredible museums - taking the scenic route can be an adventure. These scenic routes especially lend themselves to amazing motorcycling routes.

Regional Airports/International Service

Three regional airports service the Adirondack Mountains, with national and international service via Boston available through Adirondack Regional Airport at Lake Clear, Ogdensburg International Airport, and the Plattsburgh International Airport. Two major northeastern national airports provide additional flight options: Burlington International Airport in Vermont and the Albany International Airport are both within two hours of many of the major attractions.

Public Transportation: Amtrak/Bus

Amtrak's Adirondack Service was noted as one of the "Top 10 Most Scenic Train Trips in North America" by Conde Nast Traveler. Departing from Penn Station in New York City, train service runs year-round. Ride through the Hudson Valley, past festive Saratoga Springs and historic Ticonderoga - all the way to Montreal, Quebec.

Adirondack Trailways bus line services the Adirondacks, making travel from any major city or town in the U.S. simple, easy and direct. Adirondack Trailways (800-858-8555) serves:

  • Lake George
  • Saranac Lake
  • Lake Placid
  • Keene & Keene Valley
  • North Hudson
  • Schroon Lake
  • Pottersville
  • Chestertown & Warrensburg
  • Malone
  • Massena
  • Potsdam & Canton

In the summer, the itinerary also includes Ticonderoga and Tupper Lake. From New York City, the trip to Warrensburg takes about five hours, while the daily service from Albany to Lake Placid is a four-hour trip.

Greyhound Bus (800-231-2222) serves:

  • Glens Falls
  • Lake George
  • Warrensburg
  • Lake Placid
  • Saranac Lake

Rental Cars:

Lake George area:

  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car: (518) 745-5020
  • Hertz:: (518) 792-8525
  • A-1 Xpress (518)793-0888

Lake Placid/Saranac Lake areas:

  • Adirondack Car Rental: (518) 523-9600
  • Rent-A-Wreck: (518) 523-4804
  • Priceless Rent-A-Car: (518) 523-4838
  • Hertz Rent-A-Car: (518) 891-9044

Plattsburgh area:

  • Hertz: (518) 563-2051
  • Avis: (866) 317-9754
  • National: (877) 247-8562
  • Rent-A-Wreck: (518) 562-8462
  • Auto Exchange: (518) 562-9070
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car: (518) 566-0190

Passport Information:

The U.S. Government requires all travelers entering or re-entering the United States from Canada to present a valid Passport at U.S. Borders. Canadian Citizens can get more information here: Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. Visitor's from other countries: US Dept of State.

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The Adirondack Region features over 100 welcoming communities, mountains, lakes, verdant valleys and steep cliffs.
Spanning more than six million acres with over 100 welcoming communities, the Adirondack Region is home to the largest protected natural area in the lower 48. Like a patchwork quilt, the Adirondacks are made up of twelve distinct regional destinations, each offering their own brand of Adirondack adventure. From the endless canoeing and kayaking in the Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake regions, to the extensive hiking trails of the High Peaks Wilderness in the Lake Placid Region - discover an area as diverse in geography as it is in activities and events. Bicycle between wineries on the Adirondack Coast, or dive to sunken shipwrecks in the Adirondack Seaway near the Canadian Border. You're invited to explore the Lake George Region's family-friendly attractions and discover the Adirondack Tug Hill Plateau's one-of-a-kind recreation opportunities.
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