Cycling the Adirondack Mountains

Cycling the Adirondack Mountains

Cycling the Adirondack Mountains

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From $3,595USD

Difficulty

Guided

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Highlights

Cycle in the peaceful beauty of the Adirondack lakes and mountains.

Explore the lakes, rivers, and forests of the beautiful Adirondack Mountains during your cycling excursions.

Relax and watch the sunset over the lake each night after accomplishing your mileage.

Spend an entire day enjoying all the outdoor recreational activities that Lake Placid has to offer.

Stay at historic hotels with the area’s quintessential rustic lakeside atmosphere.

Spend 7 glorious days exploring one of the original vacation spots in the United States, the Adirondack Mountains! You’ll spend your days discovering peaceful lakes, charming mountain communities, and tranquil forests on this weeklong guided cycling adventure.

Starting from North Creek, you’ll take daily journeys into the rolling green mountains. Your trail will eventually lead you to Lake Placid, where you’ll have ample time to enjoy all that this area has to offer. Boat, hike, or just enjoy lounging after such exciting rides. It won’t be long before you’ve learned why people return to this beautiful outdoor retreat year after year. The Cycling the Adirondack Mountains tour sets an active pace, but you’ll be back at the water's edge in time to watch the sunset from your Adirondack chair each night.

Cycling the Adirondack Mountains Itinerary

Day 1 Transfer to North Creek and Welcome Dinner

Meet the group at the Albany airport where the shuttle will collect you and take you to North Creek.

Once you’re settled in at the hotel at the foot of Gore Mountain, you’ll have time to prepare your bike. Tonight the group will gather for a welcome and orientation dinner.

Overnight Location
Hotel in North Creek
Distance
None
Meals
Dinner

Day 2 Enjoy your First Ride in the Adirondacks

Today you’ll head out for your first ride of the trip. You’ll be biking through the gorgeous Adirondack Mountains, which have been a popular outdoor playground for New Yorkers since the 1800s.

The trail passes lakes, rivers, and summer cottages on your way to Inlet. This cottage town on Fourth Lake is where you’ll be spending the night.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Inlet
Distance
51mi
Meals
Breakfast and dinner

Day 3 Fourth Lake Loop and Beyond

The ride today starts with a loop around Fourth Lake before you head out to explore the rolling hills. A great place to take a break is the Adirondack Experience, which is a fascinating museum of local history at Blue Lake.

You’ll continue to cycle through forests and past many lakes until you arrive at Long Lake.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Long Lake
Distance
58mi
Meals
Breakfast and dinner

Day 4 Explore Saranac Lake

This morning you’ll head out on a ride past swimming holes, ski hills, campgrounds, and more. Feel free to stop and explore the community at Saranac Lake, which hosts many summer and winter visitors at its restaurants, galleries, and shops.

Lake Placid is only a short ride from Saranac Lake and will be your new home base for the next 3 nights.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Lake Placid
Distance
55mi
Meals
Breakfast and dinner

Day 5 Leisure Day at Lake Placid

The popular vacation destination of Lake Placid hosted the Winter Olympics in 1932 and 1980 and is now a renowned outdoor playground! Spend the day swimming, boating, hiking, or exploring the museums and restaurants in town.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Lake Placid
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast and dinner

Day 6 Cycle Whiteface Mountain

Today’s ride will be an exciting one! As you make the loop around Whiteface Mountain you’ll see waterfalls, high gorges, river valleys, and even Santa’s Workshop, an amusement park built in the 40s.

If you feel like you still have some energy at the end of the ride, you can try cycling to the top of Whiteface at 1482 meters high. See you at the top!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Lake Placid
Distance
50mi
Meals
Breakfast and dinner

Day 7 Ride through Schroon River Valley

This morning the group will leave Lake Placid and ride through the Schroon River Valley, which passes between Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains.

You’ll be picked up by the shuttle in the town of Schroon Lake and can choose to be dropped off in North Creek or at the Albany airport. Safe travels!

Overnight Location
None
Distance
40mi
Meals
Breakfast

Cycling the Adirondack Mountains Price and Date

This guided cycling tour of the Adirondack Mountains is run as a private tour for your group only and the price is fixed per person.

The prices below are per person:

  • Guided groups of 4+: $3,595USD per person
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Accommodation on the Cycling the Adirondack Mountains Tour

This tour is based in 3 and 4-star hotels. The hotels on this tour are lakeside properties with cozy rooms that offer a true Adirondack experience.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
You can pay a supplement to have a private room in a hotel. Please contact us if you would prefer this option. Rooms are double occupancy and solo travelers may be required to pay a supplement.

Night 1

Hotel in North Creek

Spend the night at a comfortable 3 or 4-star hotel near the Adirondack Mountains.

The Woods Inn in Inlet

Experience classic Adirondack style at this hotel that has been restored since the original 1894 camp. You’ll enjoy the lakeside from this peaceful spot in the woods.

Adirondack Hotel in Long Lake

This hotel is the only one remaining from the 1850s in the park! It’s been lovingly restored so you can enjoy the lakefront at this historic property.

Crowne Plaza in Lake Placid

You’ll love this stunning mountain lodge-style hotel. Relax by the fireplace, or take out one of the paddle boats from the private beach area.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Cycling the Adirondack Mountains?

Meals

6 breakfasts and 6 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 6 nights are included. Accommodations before and after the tour in Albany are not included.

Transportation during the Tour

Transport for you, your luggage, and your bike are included as outlined in the itinerary. Airport transfers are also included.

Also Included

  • English-speaking guide
  • Support van
  • Tour maps

Not included

  • Cycling equipment such as bikes, helmets, gloves, and shoes
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights to and from Albany
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks not previously mentioned
  • Tourist taxes if applicable
  • Visas if required
  • Personal equipment
  • Fees not mentioned as included
  • Gratuities for guides, drivers, servers, or hotel staff

Optional Extras

  • Various bicycle rentals, including touring saddles, odometers, pumps, tire irons, and patch kits
  • Single occupancy upgrades
  • Any additional nights before or after the tour

Frequenty Asked Questions about Cycling the Adirondack Mountains

How hard is the Cycling the Adirondack Mountains tour?

We rate this tour as a 4/5. This tour is predominantly road biking through hilly terrain and you should be comfortable cycling 58mi per day. Fit cyclists will be able to get the most out of this tour.

Do I need to tip my tour guides?

Tipping in United States of America is customary, but much appreciated. It is recommended to tip 10-20% for an exceptional service.

Do I need a visa to travel to the United States of America?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Cycling the Adirondack Mountains tour?

6 breakfasts and 6 dinners are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip, and your insurance should cover cycling. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Albany to start this tour?

You can fly into Albany International Airport (ALB). It is also accessible by train from New York’s Penn Station if you prefer to fly into the larger airports in New York. You will be picked up from the airport.

Is the Cycling the Adirondack Mountains tour guided?

Yes, you will have an English-speaking guide for the duration of the tour.

Where does the Cycling the Adirondack Mountains tour end?

This tour ends in Albany, where you will be taken to the airport. You can choose to be dropped off in North Creek if you’d like to extend your stay.

Are equipment rentals included?

Bike rentals are not included but can be added as a supplement. There are various style and size options available to rent to mitigate the challenges of shipping your bike. Please bring any additional equipment desired.

Can I bring my own bike?

Yes, you can bring your own bike. If you would like to do so it is recommended that you use a reputable specialty company to ship your bike ahead of time to the first hotel. You can also bring your own saddle and pedals to combine with your rental bike.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to the United States of America?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for the United States of America?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to the United States for this tour?

The best time to travel to the Adirondacks for this tour is between May and August, when the weather is warm, and most attractions are open for longer hours.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 4/5. This tour is predominantly road biking through hilly terrain and you should be comfortable cycling 58mi per day. Fit cyclists will be able to get the most out of this tour.


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