Adirondack Harley-Davidson® – Our sister store since 2008, ADK H-D® is located in a brand new store that opened in the fall of 2011 after having been in Gloversville in the same facility that was home to Van’s Harley-Davidson® for over 50 years. If you’ve never been to this amazing new store, we suggest you take the ride and check it out.
For a scenic way to get there, we suggest riding Route 5 east through Herkimer and Little Falls. Just east of Little Falls, turn left on Route 167, which will take you out of the valley. Not too far on the right is a pull-off for a scenic overlook that allows you to peer down the Mohawk Valley looking east. Continue on Route 167 to Dolgeville and take a right onto Route 29 East which will take you over East Canada Creek.
Continue east on Route 29 into Johnstown, whose roots lay with the pre-revolutionary founding by Sir William Johnson in 1762 and whose home, Johnson Hall, still stands at the end of Hall Ave. Stay on Route 29 as it follows the same road as Route 30A for a short distance. Route 29 will turn off to the right and head east out of town. About 8 miles from that turn, there will be a traffic circle where 29 and 30 intersect. Adirondack Harley-Davidson is on Route 29 just east of the traffic circle on the right. If you are doing this as part of your trip to Americade, continue on Route 29 east to go to Saratoga.
Riders wanting to loop back to the Utica area should head north on Route 30 to Speculator and then turn left on Route 8 south for a great scenic ride through the foothills of the Adirondacks.
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Cooperstown –Yes, the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. If you are a baseball fan, you have no doubt been through this major tourist attraction at least once. But Cooperstown has much more to offer in terms of cafes, small shops and a beautiful location at the southern end of Otsego Lake. Best way to get there? We suggest Route 5S to Ilion, take Route 51 South through the Ilion Gorge and then to Route 20. Take Route 20 East to Route 80 South, which runs along the west side of Otsego Lake and into the village of Cooperstown. Once there, a ride out of Cooperstown in any direction provides great scenery while heading towards home.
Chittenango Falls / Boonville Gorge –The Falls themselves are in Chittenango Falls State Park. From Utica, take Route 12B to Clinton and continue on Route 12B to US Route 20. Follow Route 20 west to Cazenovia where Route 20 meets Route 13. Turn right onto Route 13 North and enjoy a gently winding road leading you to the entrance of the park. After visiting the falls, continue north on Route 13 into downtown Chittenango. Route 13 will run together with Route 5 West for a while. Continue to stay on Route 13 as it breaks off north once again and heads to Canastota. Route 13 will then lead North through Sylvan Beach and then intersecting with Route 49. Take a right on to Route 49 East into Rome. In Rome, Route 49 will intersect with Route 46. Take Route 46 North, which will pass by Delta Lake and Pixley Falls State Parks, finally arriving in Boonville after a fun ride through the Boonville Gorge. Once in Boonville, hopping on Route 12 South will wind this ride up right back into Utica.
Salisbury Covered Bridge –There are only 24 historic covered bridges in New York State. One of them is in our area and is tucked away in the small town of Salisbury Center near the intersection of Routes 29 and 29A. It carries Fairview Road over Spruce Creek. It is a true historical structure constructed in 1875 and now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Best way to get there? Take Route 12 North out of Utica to Route 8 North. Follow Route 8 through the little hamlets of Newport and Poland. Continue straight in Poland onto Route 28. In Middleville, take a left at the light in this one-stoplight town on to Route 29, which will lead to Salisbury. Where Routes 29 and 29A split, stay on Route 29. Immediately after the split, there is a side road on the right. Glance down this side road and the covered bridge is in the distance. For the ride home, continue on Route 29 into Dolgeville and pick up Route 167 South towards Little Falls. Don’t miss a terrific scenic overlook just north of Little Falls that offers a fantastic view looking east down into the Mohawk Valley. In Little Falls, either pick up Route 5 East and head home or continue on Route 167 South into Richfield Springs where it meets up with US Route 20.
Blue Mountain Lake– This is a bit more than a half-day trip but it is the Adirondacks, which gives any rider the excuse to ride longer than originally planned. Leave early, grab breakfast at your favorite local Adirondack diner and then tour the Adirondack Museum. Best way to get there? Route 12 out of Utica and then Route 28 North leads right into Blue Mountain Lake. For the ride home, continue on Route 28 to Route 30 south leading to Speculator. From Speculator take Route 8 South back to Utica.