Float Plane view of Long Lake (Alex Roalsvig photo)

Important Fall Foliage News Update:

In case you haven't heard - the color change in the Adirondacks is running a little behind schedule. If I would have to guess, I'd say that it is probably delayed by at the very least a week to 10-days. So, in past years, when the leaves were already at, or slightly past peak at this point, this year we are still on the uphill climb to the glorious hues of reds, oranges and yellows of fall. This is excellent news, because it means there is still time to take a colorful fall ride through the Adirondacks.

Bald Mountain Fire Tower (ROOST/Shaun Ondak photo)

Last Minute Fall Touring Ideas:

With time now in our favor, there is a chance to squeeze in a spectacular last minute fall getaway. The only question is, how do you want to tour... by land, by sea or by air?

Come tour the Adirondacks this fall!

By Air?

Getting up above the leaves for a bird's eye view of the park is always a sight to see. But once the landscape gets fully engulfed with the flaming bright colors of fall an aerial tour becomes an absolute must! 

  • Float plane ride, anyone? Talk about the perfect combination of water and breathtaking vistas. Both Inlet and Long Lake have seaplane operations that are ready and waiting to take you on a tour of a lifetime. If you do get the opportunity to go, please take my advice: don't watch the entire ride through the viewfinder on your camera. While a few pictures are of course a must, also make sure to sit back and enjoy the ride!

Chairlift at Oak Mountain

  • Not a fan of flying? That's okay too! On Sundays the chairlift at Oak Mountain Ski Area is busy spinning its wheels to get you up on a relaxing ride to the summit for views of the local lakes, ponds and surrounding mountainscape.


All Aboard? Passengers boarding the W.W. Durant for a scenic excursion on Raquette Lake

Okay, well maybe not a "sea" per se, but boasting over 3,000 lakes and ponds, the Adirondacks are definitely not lacking when it comes to water. Consider taking a fall foliage tour by water, and capture the magic as the reflection of the warm-colored leaves scatter and contrast off the cool blue hues of the water.

  • Take a relaxing fall paddling or fishing trip into the unspoiled backcountry of the Adirondacks.

Fall Fishing in Raquette Lake, NY

Tour aboard Blue Mountain Lake Boat Livery

  • Turn a whitewater rafting trip into a thrilling leaf peeping tour. Yup... Whitewater rafting isn't just a spring and summer activity! The calmer fall waters make for a great family rafting experience. So add a little twist to your traditional thoughts for leaf peeping and jump in a raft. (Don't worry about the cooler water temps, your rafting guide will have all the gear you need to stay warm and toasty.)

By Land?

Prefer to keep your feet planted to the ground? Whether it be by car, by bike or by foot... the Adirondacks have practically limitless opportunities for spotting fall foliage from the ground.

Visit historic Great Camp Sagamore (GCS photo)

  • Hit the pavement  and tour the scenic byways by the comfort of your car, motorcycle or bicycle - with plenty of gorgeous vistas, it's practically impossible to take a wrong turn.

Motorcycles Touring near Inlet

  • For the adrenaline junkies, we have a ground tour for you as well! Hit the mountain biking terrain at Oak Mountain in Speculator or some of the most awesome single-track trails around Inlet. However you roll, I'm sure there is something on the ground that meets your needs for a great last minute fall getaway.

What are you waiting for?

By motorcycle or seaplane... how do you tour?

Don't let this borrowed time go to waste! Come take a ride through the Adirondacks before the color is gone, the leaves have dropped and the winter-whites start to creep their way in. While you are looping and touring, make time to grab a bite to eat, join in the fun at a local event and check into a cozy room to turn your ride into a fantastic last minute getaway to remember.

Fall foliage is all around us!

What's your ADK ride? 

Take your top off - or roll down the windows!

Perfect first family-friendly flight.

Cruisin’ the country.

Biking the Blueberry Hill trails: best make a day of it.

The road less traveled!

Pedaling: the long (or short) way to serenity.

Adirondack newbie tries a cool new Adirondack newbie!

Author: Michelle Clement
Comments: 1


Recently my husband and I (both in our mid 60's) took an adventure ride on the Rail Explorers in Saranac Lake. It was a very enjoyable experience to see nature you won't see in your car. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. I would recommend this trip to anyone. Then we walked over to the beautiful new Carousel. All figures were Adirondack inspired and truly a work of art. We are going to bring our grandchildren there as they love carousels.

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