Last Minute Adirondack Fall Foliage Tour Ideas

By air, by sea, by land...

Get out and tour some fall color!

As the calendar changes from August to September, we're reminded that it's time to pull the sweaters out of the closet, grab a pumpkin spice dessert of some sort, and get ready to delve into our favorite fall activities. Wondering where to begin? Read on for some great travel ideas, then start planning now to visit the Adirondacks and truly experience an awesome autumn getaway.

Bald Mountain Fire Tower (ROOST/Shaun Ondak photo)

Fall Touring Ideas:

With time still in your favor, there is a chance to plan a spectacular  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 Adirondacks 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!

Fall aerial view


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 Adirondack backcountry.

Fall fishing in Raquette Lake.

  • Come aboard a scenic excursion on the W.W. Durant operated by Raquette Lake Navigation, or take a historic wooden boat tour with "Crabby Bob" at The Blue Mountain Lake Boat Livery.

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. And 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

  • Prefer to roll on two wheels of the powered variety? Speculator and Inlet serve up some pretty amazing mountain biking trails for all cyclists of all varieties. However you roll, I'm sure there is some terrain that meets your needs for a great last minute fall bike ride.
  • Another great way to enjoy foliage is by playing games. Oak Mountain Ski Center provides the unique opportunity to hit the outdoors by playing a game of Disc Golf. Whether you're a pro with a frisbee or a novice, this is a great way to see beautiful fall scenery.

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!

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