Covucci Tours

Northeast Tour

The Great Northeast Autumn Motorcycle Adventure
Oct 2 − 11, 2018

Arrival Day–Tucked into one of the thousands of valleys within the endless ridges of Pennsylvania's section of the northern Appalachians, State College will be the starting and ending point for our two-wheeled adventure. The locals call it "Happy Valley", and it is an easy ride east from Pittsburgh, the nearest major city. We will be staying in a well-known lodge that gets its name and theme from the famous university located nearby. After parking our bikes and getting un-geared, we'll gather together on the premises for our opening night dinner reception. Get ready to meet your newest riding friends!

Day 1–Like the multitudes of the non-riding U.S. population, motorcyclists often gravitate toward some of the more popular touring destinations, like the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah, and of course, the mega national parks out west. We certainly enjoy all of those places. But some of the most incredible and unknown motorcycling can be found in Pennsylvania. Today we'll go discover it! We'll leave State College heading north and northeast on backroads that offer scenery and entertainment all day long. We will be climbing and descending, carving in and out of forests, and rolling through quaint, small towns along the way. We will end up in the New York border town of Binghamton, where we'll be staying at a modern, full service hotel right in this smaller, friendly city.

Day 2–Leaving Binghamton, we have a full day of excellent riding planned that will take us through one of the most beautiful regions in North America: The Adirondack Mountains of upstate N.Y. This will be one of the longer riding days in our plan, but one of the best. Before we hit the mountains, we'll start off on meandering backroads through farmlands and forests, emerging occasionally in small villages. If you get an early enough start, you can allow yourself some time to explore a fascinating and famous town along today's route. Any baseball fan has heard of Cooperstown, the location of the Baseball Hall of Fame. It is a beautiful place, and quite distant from major thoroughfares and big cities. But today, it is right along our proposed route. Continuing north, we'll eventually roll into the Adirondacks region. Our selected roads follow the contours of the mountain valleys and shorelines of countless pristine lakes. Enjoy the autumn colors, which should be in their prime in many places. Take a break in one of the many small villages along our route, most of which have their own distinct character. By day's end, we'll come in for a landing at a beautiful resort right in the midst of the most famous Adirondack town and one known around the world: Lake Placid. We'll have two nights to discover this Winter Olympics mecca and the surrounding mountains and lakes.

Day 3–Enjoy a "free day" of riding, sightseeing or relaxing from Lake Placid. Should you wish to explore the surrounding northern Adirondacks, we'll have some suggested day rides you can take. Keep your bike light and leave your luggage at our lodge, since we're spending tonight back in Lake Placid. If you feel like taking a short ride close to town, perhaps you'd enjoy the spectacular summit road to the top of White Face Mountain? On a clear day from the 4,867' peak of New York's 5th highest mountain, you can see all the way into Canada, or even across Lake Champlain into Vermont. Maybe your plan is to leave the bike parked all day and check out the town of Lake Placid, home to the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games. Our lodge is perfectly situated to allow easy exploration of local shops, galleries and restaurants on foot.

Day 4–It's time to leave New York for a few days and make our way into the Green Mountain State of Vermont. Before leaving the Adirondacks, a short detour to Ausable Chasm, the "Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks" might be interesting. Our main obstacle this day is an immense inland sea known as Lake Champlain. No worries, as we'll make use of the northern ferry near Plattsburgh for an easy 15 minute crossing, which lands us on South Hero Island, VT in the middle of the lake. A short causeway will eventually bring us onto the Vermont mainland. Our scenic route first takes us along the very northern edge of Vermont, right along the Quebec border, before finally turning south. Probably one of the most scenic and well-known sightseeing routes in Vermont (and the entire Northeastern U.S.A.) is state highway 100, which runs more than 200 miles from nearly the Canadian border to Massachusetts. We'll play most of the day on 100, and on other adjacent mountain roads. Our ride follows the ridges and valleys of the Green Mountains, a section of the Appalachians, and lets us visit beautiful small towns that provide that classic, historic New England ambiance. Since we'll be passing near so many well-known ski villages, it would be a shame not to stay in one. So we've chosen Killington, the most prominent ski area east of the Rockies, where we'll spend two nights at a beautiful lodge there.

Day 5–This is another "free day" on our adventure, so there are several interesting options you can enjoy. This is a motorcycle tour, so many of us like to make the most of our riding time. We have a couple of great riding options we can suggest. One option is a scenic ride to Mt. Washington, New Hampshire, in the renown Presidential Range. Mt. Washington is the tallest peak in the U.S. Northeast, and an eight mile road takes us to the 6,288' summit. Notorious for its erratic and sometimes brutal weather, Mt. Washington holds the record for the highest measured surface wind speed in the Northern Hemisphere, at 231 mph. Hopefully it will be much calmer when we arrive! On a clear day, especially in the autumn, the Mt. Washington Auto Road is a spectacular motorcycle ride. Included in this option can also be a trip along the Kancamagus Scenic Byway, a designated American Scenic Byway that is one of the best New Hampshire fall foliage routes. For a shorter riding option, we can head west back into New York's Adirondacks for a scenic loop around the beautiful and historic Lake George, long-time home of the annual Americade Motorcycle Rally. Situated on Lake George are two historic forts that date back to the Revolutionary War; Fort William Henry in Lake George Village on the southern end of the lake, and Fort Ticonderoga at the northern end of the Lake. Should you wish to leave the bike parked at the resort today, one interesting option is to book a gondola ride to the summit of the Killington ski mountain, and enjoy the scenic views right in the region of our resort.

Day 6–Today we'll ride the remaining southern section of Vermont, before turning west and continuing into another famous, mountainous region of the Empire State. This time we'll be exploring the Catskill Mountains, and the fabulous motorcycling routes this area offers. Before reaching New York, we'll cross the border from Vermont into Massachusetts, and spend some time in the Berkshires, exploring the most scenic, western sections of that state. Entering New York, we'll roll southbound on some great secondary routes toward our Hudson River crossing point. Before we cross to the western side of the river, a stop at the Aerodrome & Museum in Rhinebeck is definitely worthwhile. Rhinebeck is known for its vintage air shows and museum. The museum features numerous beautiful vintage aircraft from pre-WWI to the 1930s. From there, it's a short hop over the river into the heart of the Catskills. Our destination is a lovely resort and spa located in the village of Mt. Tremper.

Day 7–Today is another "free day", which allows us to discover some of the best motorcycling roads on the entire tour. We'll have some interesting riding options that will take us across a wide swath of the Catskills. Embedded in these mountains are several enormous fresh water lakes that supply water to the Big Apple, a few hours south. The cool thing about these reservoirs is that there is little or no human development near them, and the roads that ring them are motorcycling nirvana. We will also have route options that explore the Delaware River valley along the western edge of the Catskills. As with the other mountainous areas of our tour, the Catskills have numerous small towns and villages that are worth a visit during your ride. Should you decide to stay close to our lodge, there are some great little nearby towns that are perfect for enjoying on foot. And if you require some special hands-on attention, our lodge also features a spa and a small boutique, offering a range of amenities.

Day 8–We'll leave the Catskills and head into another beautiful and famous area of the Northeast known as the Finger Lakes Region. Home to 11 lakes, our destination is the 38 mile long Seneca Lake, the largest Finger Lake, and at 618' deep, one of the deepest in the U.S.A. In fact, its bottom is below sea level. The Finger Lakes are long, narrow post-glacial lakes that are separated by low mountains and foothills, providing wonderful motorcycling and plenty of scenery, particularly when the autumn colors are ablaze. Spring-fed Seneca Lake is considered the lake trout capital of the world, and its unique macroclimate makes it the wine-producing center of New York. We will end our day in the village of Watkins Glen on the southern tip of Seneca Lake. Racing fans will have heard of the famous Watkins Glen Grand Prix Race Course. We'll enjoy our stay in another beautiful lodge, with rooms facing out toward the town harbor and Seneca Lake.

Day 9–Our final riding day has us rolling southbound, out of the lakes region and back into the Allegheny section of the Appalachian Mountains of north-central Pennsylvania. We will follow extraordinary, secluded back roads that crest ridges, visit overlooks, dive through forests, and offer up plenty of scenery that most folks never see. Small villages along the way offer opportunities to stop, relax and learn the history of this region. This section of Pennsylvania is home to hundreds of miles of amazing roads just waiting to be explored. We'll end this excellent riding day back at our wonderful lodge in State College, Pennsylvania. As always, our fun-filled closing dinner event will be the perfect conclusion of our two-wheeled adventure.

We hope you will enjoy our brand new Great Northeast Autumn Motorcycle Adventure, visiting places you've never been, viewing scenery you've never seen, and making new life-long friends!

Note: Total trip mileage including Free Day options is approximately 2,175 miles, with the longest riding day at approximately 275 miles. Daily mileages of 200-250 miles are typical. This is a challenging excursion designed for experienced touring riders. It is not suitable for novice or beginning riders.

Motorcycle Rental
We recommend Eaglerider of Pittsburgh as a motorcycle rental option. We have had excellent results with Eaglerider rentals in past years. They can be reached at: (412) 276-1300, or visit:

Motorcycle Shipping
We recommend Federal Motorcycle Transport. They are the premier motorcycle shipping company in the U.S.A., and they have shipped dozens of motorcycles used on our tours. They can be reached at: (800) 747-4100, x2217, or visit:

The Price of this Tour Includes
Hotel Rooms from Tues. night, Oct 2 through Thur. night, Oct 11 (10 nights). Our selection of lodges includes unique and scenic locations and modern full service hotels.

Full Dinners on Tues. Oct. 2, Thur. Oct. 4, Sat. Oct. 6, Mon. Oct 8, and Thur. Oct. 11. Included dinners are either multi-course or complete buffets. Note: Group dinners are scheduled for most evenings, even on the nights when the cost of the dinner is not included in the tour price.

Breakfasts -All mornings from Wed. Oct. 3 through Thur. Oct. 11. Included breakfasts are either cooked to order or buffets.

Trip Resources
Professional tour leaders, custom-designed Tour Book, official highway road maps, travel literature, and commemorative apparel. Your tour leaders will handle all applicable lodging and meal arrangements, as well as ongoing communication of trip information to participants. Chase vehicles are NOT available on this tour.

Your Tour Costs
One tour member in a room - $3,270 per person.

Two tour members in a room -$2,345 per person.

To Reserve Your Space on this Tour
A $500 per person deposit is required to reserve a space on this tour. Please send a check or money order to:

Frank Covucci Tours
13705 Nantucket Ave.
Pickerington, Ohio 43147

Your deposit is fully refundable if you should need to cancel through: JUNE 1, 2018 .

Reservations are first come, first served, and we do expect the tour to fill completely. We have a maximum capacity of between 15 and 25 group members.

Once you have made your deposit, we will be back in touch to provide additional information about the tour plans and final payment schedule. Please note that the tour plan, dates, accommodations, meals and tour price may be subject to changes due to circumstances beyond our control.

This trip is structured so that each rider must purchase their space for the ENTIRE length of the tour. Sorry, partial tour bookings cannot be accommodated.