Tours and Excursions in the Adirondacks

Explore the Adirondacks!

Home to one of the most expansive areas of wilderness in all of New York state, Hamilton County has endless natural wonder to explore and enrich our lives. Forests, lakes, streams, and mountains fill the view from every turn. Here, we share some of our favorite ways to explore all that this naturally wild and wonderful region has to offer. By boat, plane, foot, or on the road, we have a tour or excursion ready for people of all ages and interests to enjoy. The only prerequisite? A sense of adventure.

Scenic drives

In the Adirondacks, our scenic roadways offer some of the prettiest views and panoramic vistas found in the entire six-million-acre Adirondack Park.

Every season brings unique views and experiences. Spring's burst of bright green leaves and pretty wildflowers is charming, while the warmth of summer offers long, windows open adventure. Each fall, the Adirondacks lush, green landscape is transformed into an artist's palette of vibrant colors. Leaf peepers can enjoy entire forests of golden aspen, beech and birch, as well as vermilion sugar maple. Driving along quiet country routes provides the opportunity to discover tucked-away historic treasures like Great Camp Sagamore and Raquette Lake. In winter, driving along roads seemingly lifted from a holiday movie, with snowy trees as far as the eye can see, is a special treat.

Travel through the wilds of the area and glimpse wildlife such as deer, boreal birds and the occasional moose. Miles of picturesque shoreline offer a charming picture, as well as incredible boating and paddling opportunities in warmer months. Follow a meandering country road, or enjoy the simple pleasure of watching the road unfold ahead.

A road curves amid a mountainous, forested landscape, which includes a rock that looks like a grey pig.

Float plane rides

Find one of the only places in the Adirondack Park offering scenic float plane rides. Charter a flight and experience the Adirondacks from a birds'-eye-view, or fly into the Adirondack Mountains for a backcountry camping or fishing trip.

The view of a long lake and forests from a float plane in the Adirondacks.

Boat tours

Explore the historic and scenic lake shores of the Adirondacks from the bow of a classic wooden motorboat or replica steamer, and dine on the water too! Thanks to companies in Raquette Lake and Blue Mountain Lake, you can get a hearty dose of fun, history, and Adirondack hospitality, all under bluebird skies.

People mill around the upper level of a replica steamboat on an expansive lake with forested shoreline..

Walking tours

One of Hamilton County's greatest assets is that here, history comes to life and is truly accessible. Want to visit a historic Great Camp and really sit on the porch in a rocker? You can do that here! At Great Camp Sagamore, the camp complex is shared with visitors through walking tours of the property, where you'll see the old schoolhouse for the resident children, stroll through Mrs. Vanderbilt's dining room, and learn what goes on in the camp's boat shop.

A group of people on a walking tour at an Adirondack Great Camp complex.

Charming towns and villages provide a variety of unique attractions, from community festivals to open-air theatrical productions. In summer, seasonal roadside stands offer everything from handmade rustic goods to locally produced honey. Winter brings colorful festivals celebrating holidays and winter sports. For more fun, be sure to check out our events calendar, which is frequently updated to share the latest event updates.

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Raquette Lake, NY 13436
ALL ABOARD! The best way to enjoy beautiful Raquette Lake is from the deck of the W.W. Durant. Cool breezes. Breathtaking scenery. Fascinating history. Scrumptious food.
WW Durant Boat on the lake with mountains in background
Rt. 10 winds through historic rural hamlets north of the NYS Thruway (Canajoharie, Exit 29) from Palatine Bridge to Ephrata to Caroga Lake.
Part of this 48 mile-long route follows the rushing Hudson River northward. It is a feisty little river at this point, perfect for whitewater rafting and nothing like the broad, deepwater expanse found south of Albany.
For a unique backcountry scenic drive, you definitely don't want to overlook a trip through the Moose River Plains! This 24-mile dirt road runs from Inlet to Indian Lake, through some of the most pristine woodlands in the Adirondacks.
The drive on Rt. 30 from the Village of Indian Lake to Speculator is one of the most spectacular scenic tours in the Adirondacks. As you descend the western shore of Indian Lake, the surrounding mountains are reflected in the surface of the lake.
This scenic drive starts in Speculator, and travels along the remote Route 30 for almost 24 miles to the community of Indian Lake. After you leave Speculator, expect your cell phones to die and the wilderness to unfold before your eyes.
Teddy Roosevelt loved the Adirondacks. Here he grounded himself in nature and formed the convictions that made him a pioneering conservationist and protector of American natural resources. Having hiked to the summit of Mt.
Helms Aero Service

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Long Lake, NY 12847
Paynes Air Service

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Inlet, NY 13360
Blue Mountain Lake Boat Livery

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Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812