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Idyllically situated alongside clear lakes and rivers and surrounded by the Adirondack Mountain range, Lake Placid is a summer paradise. At any time of year there are hundreds of activities to choose from, but summertime is alive with mountain climbing, hiking, fly fishing, rafting, canoeing, kayaking, museum touring and exploring historic sites. Lake Placid was the site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. A visit here is not complete without seeing the Olympic Center with three ice rinks and the 1932 and 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum with exhibits, uniforms and medals of the games. Other Olympic sites are the bobsled and luge ...

Idyllically situated alongside clear lakes and rivers and surrounded by the Adirondack Mountain range, Lake Placid is a summer paradise. At any time of year there are hundreds of activities to choose from, but summertime is alive with mountain climbing, hiking, fly fishing, rafting, canoeing, kayaking, museum touring and exploring historic sites. Lake Placid was the site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. A visit here is not complete without seeing the Olympic Center with three ice rinks and the 1932 and 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum with exhibits, uniforms and medals of the games. Other Olympic sites are the bobsled and luge complex where you can take a thrilling ride in the sleds. More memorabilia of the 1932 games can be seen at the Lake Placid North Elba Historical Museum. Climb the fire tower at the Essex County Historical Society for spectacular views across the mountains. The museum displays exhibits chronicling the history of the area. Tour the home and burial site of Civil War abolitionist John Brown. A stroll down Main Street, which is lined with upscale shops and art galleries, is a good way to spend time before or after dinner.

Frances Folsom
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Frances Folsom is the author of CitySpot Palermo, a contributor to the Reiskits guides to Milan and Italy's Lakes Region, and Thomas Cook's Independent Traveller USA.

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    Any time of year is good for a visit, but spring through fall is best for summer activities.