The Adirondack Regional Airport (518 891-4600) is located a few miles from Saranac Lake in the hamlet of Lake Clear. Continental Connections (800 523-3273) operates 19-passenger turboprop flights to and from Plattsburgh, Albany and New York City (JFK). Hertz (800 654-3131) operates a counter at the airport on weekday mornings; for rentals at other times, call in advance.
Plattsburgh's Clinton County Airport, is also served by Continental Connections, which operates turboprop flights to Albany and New York City. The airport is served by Hertz and Avis (800 331-1212). Call in advance.
Continental Connections also serves Oneida County Airport (315 736-1114), about a 45-minute drive from Old Forge. National car rental companies and limousine service are located at the airport, reserve in advance. Not all rental desks are open during the week.
Travelers can fly into Burlington, Albany or Montreal and rent a car (from Albany, they can also take a car service to Lake George.) Albany is located approximately an hour from the park's southern boundary, Burlington is about an hour from the eastern section of the region and Montreal is approximately an hour from Plattsburgh in the northeast corner of the region.
For scenic beauty, few routes can compete with Amtrak's service from New York to Montreal (800 872-7245). The train leaves from New York City's Grand Central Station in the morning and traverses the Hudson River before reaching the North Country, where it makes stops in Glens Falls, Whitehall, Ticonderoga, Port Henry, Westport, Port Kent, Plattsburgh, and Rouses Point. Because of the rural nature of these areas, it is necessary to arrange for rental cars or car service in advance.
Scenic train rides are available seasonally from restored stations in North Creek, Saranac Lake, Lake Placid and Thendara south of Old Forge. Vistas of peaks, rushing rivers, deep woods and wildlife highlight rides in restored cars. For schedules and ticket prices for the Upper Hudson River Railroad in North Creek, visit www.upperhudsonrivverrr.com or call 518 251-5334. For information about the moose River excursions from Thendara, Utica to Thendara service or Saranac Lake to Lake Placid service, visit www.adirondackrr.com or call 315 369-6290.
Adirondack Trailways (800 858-8555) serves Lake George, Saranac Lake, Lake Placid, Keene, Keene Valley, North Hudson, Schroon Lake, Pottersville, Chestertown and Warrensburg, Malone, Massena, Potsdam, and Canton. In the summer, the itinerary also includes Ticonderoga and Tupper Lake. From New York, the trip to Warrensburg takes about five hours, while the daily service from Albany to Lake Placid is a four-hour trip.
By Rental Car
Along with the car-rental companies located at the airports, several car-rental firms will either deliver a car to points within the Adirondacks or pick up renters and take them to the car-rental location. Always be sure to reserve your vehicle well in advance, especially in the summer.
Rent-A-Wreck (800 698-1777) in Lake Placid offers free pick-up/drop-off service to customers in the local vicinity.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Plattsburgh (800 325-8007) charges a fee to pick up or return renters in Saranac Lake. Port Henry, Lake Placid, Malone or Westport. Enterprise also operates out of Glens Falls and Utica. The Glens Falls location will pick up renters and deliver them to the car rental office in Lake George or Warrensburg with out charge. Pick up and drop off service to Old Forge is available from the Utica location for a charge. Other national car rental agencies located in Plattsburgh include Hertz, Avis, National and Rent-A-Wreck.