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The Adirondack mountain region, from Lake George to High Peaks, once formed the hunting grounds of the Iroquois and Algonquin and still supports a bounty of animal life from moose to black bear. Festivals mix arts and culture with the region’s more recent lumberjacking past, while traces of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics are still evident in the High Peaks and Lake Placid area. The region, twice the size of Yellowstone, is a sports lover’s paradise. Olympic-quality skating ovals and ski jumps with jumpers making a dramatic splash-landing in massive pools operate year-round, as do unique opportunities to experience the high adrenaline ...

The Adirondack mountain region, from Lake George to High Peaks, once formed the hunting grounds of the Iroquois and Algonquin and still supports a bounty of animal life from moose to black bear. Festivals mix arts and culture with the region’s more recent lumberjacking past, while traces of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics are still evident in the High Peaks and Lake Placid area. The region, twice the size of Yellowstone, is a sports lover’s paradise. Olympic-quality skating ovals and ski jumps with jumpers making a dramatic splash-landing in massive pools operate year-round, as do unique opportunities to experience the high adrenaline bobsled or skeleton ride. Endless miles of hiking, biking, birding and horse trails, flyfishing, backcountry camping, rock climbing, and waterfalls abound. There is no question, the majority of Adirondack visitors come ready to take on the great outdoors. But those who prefer the romance of admiring the scenery and wildlife from the confines of a cozy cabin or jacuzzi, or who would rather hit the spa than the ski jumps, will find themselves tucked into a place of great natural beauty, welcoming them in to sip a frosty local microbrew from their chaise while enjoying a good book.

Sascha Zuger
About the Expert

Sascha Zuger is the author of the New York State Moon Handbook, the travel novel Girl Overboard (under the pseudonym Aimee Ferris), and is a freelancer for publications such as National Geographic Traveler, the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post.

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Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    Memorial Day through Labor Day for mild weather outdoor activities, September through mid-October for foliage, late August for Travers Stakes