New York's Adirondack Adventure

Bike, Hike, and Paddle in Saranac Lake and Lake Placid

Less than a half-day's-drive from Boston, New York, or Montreal lies a vast unspoiled wilderness where nature remains pristine and untouched. Come and join us in August as we escape to the Adirondack Park, an expansive playground for cyclists, hikers, and kayakers alike. 

Whether by bike, on foot, or with paddle, you’ll enjoy exploring the six-million-acre Adirondack Park – greater in size than Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier, and the Grand Canyon national parks combined. Luckily for us, nearly half of this Park is now a Forest Preserve, constitutionally protected to remain “Forever Wild.”

NYAA2-ChairHighlights of Our Tour

  • Multisport vacation with 4 bike rides, 3 hikes, and 1 signature kayak/canoe excursion
  • Explore the region around Lake Placid and Saranac Lake, famous for towering fir trees, sparkling lakes and rivers, and spectacular mountains
  • Visit the award-winning Wild Center, also known as the Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks. USA Today  terms it a “must see,” while the New York Times calls it “stunning”
  • Tour the Olympic Complex at Lake Placid
  • Learn about the area at the Adirondack Park’s Visitor Interpretive Center
  • Private tour of White Pine Camp, the summer White House of President Calvin Coolidge
  • Private sunset cruise and happy hour on Lower Saranac Lake
  • Narrated boat tour of Lake Placid
  • Complimentary use of kayaks, canoes, SUPs, and paddle boats at both lodgings

Bike in the fresh mountain air

combo-biking240tallThe outstanding beauty of the Adirondack Park is best experienced from the seat of a bicycle. Cycle on beautiful country roads with unrivaled mountain views. Enjoy scenic rides alongside stunning lakes. Soak up the thrill of an eight-mile downhill ride with views up to 125 miles away. Challenge yourself by cycling up Whiteface Mountain (or take the van up). Bike to your next hike, paddle, or meal.

Short Hikes in the Wilderness

With more than 2,000 miles of hiking trails winding through the Adirondack Park, the adventure is yours for the taking. Interspersed with our bike rides, we also include the following short hikes, attainable for all abilities:NYAA4

  • Walk the nature trails at the Adirondack Park Visitor Interpretive Center – Six flat trails traverse a variety of environments – marsh, lake, river, and forest
  • Explore the summit of Whiteface Mountain – Walk the short Alpine Nature Trail from the stone castle to the very top, learning about the alpine ecosystem through exhibits along the way. From the treeless summit at 4,867 ft, enjoy the spectacular 360-degree panoramic views of New York, Vermont, and Canada
  • Hike up Mount Jo – This 2.3-mile loop hike near Lake Placid provides a healing walk through the woods, and one of the best views of the High Peaks and Heart Lake to be attained with so little effort

A Paddler’s Paradise – Kayaking in the Adirondack Park

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The Adirondack Park boasts an impressive array of scenic waterways – over 3,000 pristine lakes and ponds and 2,000 miles of rivers. These waterways are a playground for paddling enthusiasts. Glide through a quiet nature preserve abundant in wildlife; loons, osprey, bald eagles, great blue herons, river otters, and beaver may share your journey.

For our signature kayak/canoe trip we treat you to a 3-hour/7-mile excursion through the High Peaks Wilderness Area. This river trip features a winding journey through an amazing series of twists, turns, elbows, and oxbows. Wildlife could include deer, mink, raccoons, and even an occasional moose.

Let us spoil you

NYAA6Following in the tradition of the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers 100 years before us (see details on right), we also plan to spoil you rotten during your visit to the wilderness. You can look forward to:

  • Luxurious Great-Camp-style accommodations in Saranac Lake. Highlights include your own private luxury suite with rustic Adirondack-style furnishings combined with modern comforts such as Jacuzzi tub, waterfall shower, blender, washer/dryer, Wi-Fi, private balcony, private beach, nightly bonfires, and happy hour cruise on our very own pontoon boat
  • Exclusive tour of the Great Camp at White Pine (once the summer White House of President Coolidge), including a picnic lunch overlooking their iconic Japanese Tea House
  • Private boat tour to take us to dinner at a Relais & Chateaux resort
  • On-call masseuse for all six days
  • Private Chef travelling with our tour for two days
  • Chocolates on your bicycle seat (instead of your pillow)
  • Free use of boats at all lodgings

The Fine Art of Living Well in the Wilderness

NYAA7It turns out that we weren’t the first to spoil guests in the Adirondacks wilderness. Over 100 years ago many of the wealthiest and most prominent families of America’s Gilded Age – the Vanderbilts, Astors, Guggenheims, and Rockefellers – purchased land in the vast pristine wilderness of the Adirondacks. Their idea of “roughing it in the wilderness” was to build luxurious multi-building retreats – referred to as Great Camps – that were designed to blend into the surrounding landscape of stone and wood. Using native timber, granite, stripped twigs, and round stones, they created pastoral estates of astounding beauty and charm.

NYAA8What’s Included?

  • 6 days activities/5 nights lodging (3 nights at Saranac Lake, 2 nights at Lake Placid)
  • Rental bike and helmet (or bring your own)
  • Full van support throughout your stay
  • 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
  • The services of 2-3 professional bike tour guides
  • Admission to the Wild Center, Whiteface Mountain, and the Adirondack Park Visitor Interpretive Center. We also include the half-day kayaking excursion, daily use of canoes/kayaks/SUPs, private tour of White Pine Camp, and narrated cruise of Lake Placid
  • Daily route notes & maps, Great Bike Tours T-shirt & water bottle
  • Pickup & Dropoff at the Adirondack Regional Airport (SLK) near Saranac Lake (free parking at airport)
  • Easy/moderate cycling (some hills, 20-40 miles per day), easy kayaking (3 hours max.), easy/moderate hikes (2 hours max.)

We look forward to sharing the wilderness with you. If you wish to join our exclusive August tour, please contact us soon.