Adirondack Mountains On a Budget
It's also home to Lake Placid, a popular ski resort area and former host of the Olympic Winter Games.
SightsThe Adirondacks are very large, and there are a number of sights and attractions in the region. Most people visit the Adirondacks to experience the area's natural beauty. There are countless hikes, waterfalls, and lakes that are beautiful and tranquil. A favorite area for waterfalls is High Fall Gorge. You can walk the trail in about half an hour and you'll see four impressive waterfalls. There is also a cafe and gift shop. The area is conveniently close to Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort.
Titus Mountain is another popular destination in the Adirondacks. It's a family friendly ski area that is enjoyable to visit year round.
Other notable attractions in the Adirondacks include Ausable Chasm and The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY. Many people enjoy the thrill of visiting Six Flags Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom in Queensbury, or the Olympic Center in Lake Placid.
TownsThe Adirondacks are very large with a wide variety of regions and towns. Some of the more popular towns are described below.
Lake Placid is in the heart of the High Peaks, and is famous as the two time host of the Winter Olympics (1932 and 1980). There are a variety of facilities in town related to the games that you can visit.
Lake George is in the southeastern region and has a rich history as well as a popular outlet shopping.
Saranac Lake is a scenic town that is famous for its Winter Carnivals, skiing, tubing, and hiking.
Speculator is another popular destination with its many lakes for boating enthusiasts and Oak Mountain for skiing and snowboarding.
Long Lake has beautiful hikes, waterfalls, and a very natural setting.
North Creek is a great option for railroad enthusiasts (you can explore the old tracks by bike) or white water rafting. Gore Mountain offers winter skiing and impressive views.
Inlet is a small village that appeals to families. There are well maintained trails and a quaint mountain setting.
Tupper Lake is home to the Adirondack Public Observatory as well as The Wild Center. You can also visit Little Wolf Beach, which is a nice public beach with swimming areas and a floating dock.
Ticonderoga is where you'll find Fort Ticonderoga, which offers a glimpse at the area's military history.
Cranberry Lake is a mellow spot for camping, kayaking, and hiking.
ActivitiesThe Adirondacks offer a wide variety of outdoor experiences year round. During the warmer seasons there's hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, paddle boating, whitewater rafting and more. During the winter months you can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and a number of fun winter festivals. The Adirondacks is truly a year round destination with both thrilling adventure sports and family friendly activities that people of every all ages can enjoy.
Food and DiningTowns throughout the Adirondacks have local restaurants with local dishes and cold drinks. There are breweries, bars, bistros, and cafes to choose from. There are also plenty of grocery stores where you can pick up supplies to enjoy picnic meals or snack breaks during long hikes.
TransportationYou really need a private vehicle to explore the Adirondacks. The area is large and spread out, so for the greatest efficiency and convenience, a personal vehicle is a must.
Amtrak offers a line, "Adirondack", that connects Montreal, Quebec, and Penn Station (NYC) to Ticonderoga. There are a few shuttle buses that then travel on to nearby spots in the Adirondacks.
Another option is the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, which leaves from Utica's Union Station and travels to Thendara, which is south of Old Forge.
There is very limited bus service to the area that travels from Rochester, Syracuse, and Albany to places such as Keene Valley, Lake Placid, Tupper Lake, and Plattsburgh. These buses are operated by "Trailways" bus service.