Traveling to upper New York state brings one to a world as different from New York City as possible. The Adirondack Mountains are the prime feature in this land of pine trees, lakes and New England charm. Taking up a large portion of the northern part of the state is Adirondack Park. The park is the largest wilderness area east of the Mississippi River, covering over six million acres.
For the traveler looking for outdoor adventure Adirondack Park has lots to offer. There are hundreds of miles of hiking trails. In the warmer months mountain climbing and canoeing are popular. Once the snow flies the area turns into a winter wonderland. Lake Placid, situated in the middle of the Adirondacks, has hosted the Winter Olympic Games in 1932 and 1980. Remember the “Miracle on Ice”? Many of the Olympic venues are still in use as training sites. Even if you aren’t an Olympic athlete you can stand at the start of the 90 meter ski jump. The landing area looks like a postage stamp from up there.
Nearby Saranac Lake is a larger town than Lake Placid. The village was settled in 1827 and features 170 building listed on the National Historic Register. The actual lake boasts several islands and beaches.
The High Peaks region has dozens of mountains over 4,000 feet, topped by Mt. Marcy, the highest point in New York, at 5,200 feet. Eastern mountains are quite different than their western cousins. In the east, the mountains are lower and on most peaks the trees go all the way to the top. At the same time there are many exposed rock faces perfect for climbers of all skill levels.
Adirondack Park covers a vast area and has so has no main entrance and therefore no entrance fee. Historic villages with quaint restaurants and cozy lodges dot the region. This is truly an all season vacation destination.