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. Post-leaf peeping season, the cold weather arrives and snow blankets the forest and mountains. In winter, driving the winding roads puts you straight into a holiday movie, with snowy trees as far as the eye can see, and it's such a special treat.

A winding road through a town in the winter

Snowshoeing/skiing 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? You can do that here! At Great Camp Sagamore, the camp complex is shared with visitors through walking tours of the property in the summer, but it's closed in the winter. You can still ski around the grounds and the trail around the lake though! Be on the lookout for their two winter weekends, where they open up the facilities for tours.Float plane rides

A woman cross-country skiing through the forest

Float plane rides

Plan on flying with one of the air services after the snow leaves! 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.

Boat tours

As the ice melts, start thinking about taking a trip on a historic boat! Explore the 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..

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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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.
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.
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.
Blue Mountain Lake Boat Livery


(518) 352-7351


3429 State Route 28
Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812
Paynes Air Service


(315) 357-3971


431 Route 28
Inlet, NY 13360
Helms Aero Service


(518) 624-3931


Rte 30
Long Lake, NY 12847
Adirondack Regional Airport (SLK)


(518) 891-4600


96 Airport Rd
Saranac Lake, NY 12983