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 of the Adirondack Park awaits discovery. From towering mountains, to wild rivers and tranquil valleys – the Adirondack Park is one of the most diverse regions in the Northeast.
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.
With the Canadian dollar near par, the short drive from Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto is more affordable than ever. Exchange currency at Adirondack banks or simply use your bank card for purchases.
Regional Airports/International Service
Two regional airports service the Adirondack Mountains, with national and international service via Boston available through Adirondack Regional Airport at Lake Clear, 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 Adirondack 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.
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: 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, Adirondack Rent-A-Car (518) 563-3030, Auto Exchange (518) 562-9070, Enterprise Rent-A-Car (518) 566-0190
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.