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The Adirondacks
Travel Guide – New York

The Adirondacks Weekend Getaway

The Adirondacks is one of the most scenic temperate areas on the American East Coast. During the autumn months, you will be thrilled to see bright and rusty colors when the foliage transforms. The Adirondacks region is also a great place for memorable drives; you will encounter many rural views. Some of the region’s most impressive features are farms, mountains, rivers, lakes, and streams.

You can also enjoy a wide range of exhilarating activities, including fishing, climbing, camping, boating, and sightseeing. If you are lover of history and the arts, the Adirondacks region also offers several great cultural festivals. Regardless of your interests, the Adirondacks region is a wonderful holiday destination that will allow you to relax without breaking your budget. You can easily access the Adirondacks from New York City and other major American cities.

History

Prior to the arrival of European explorers, the Adirondacks region was claimed by the Iroquois and Algonquin nations. These groups of indigenous Americans were bitter rivals, so several bloody battles were fought in the Adirondacks area. While these groups never used the Adirondacks as a homeland, they fought over the vital Lake George to Lake Champlain water route. The Adirondacks was also the battleground of several key conflicts during the French and Indian War. Today, you can learn about the pre-Civil War history of the Adirondacks at Fort Ticonderoga and Lake George Battlefield Park.

Lake George – Adirondacks, New York

Lake George in NY and the mountains and skies that frame the lake.

Things to see and do in the Adirondacks

Escape your nine-to-five grind by visiting Lake Placid. This quaint town is located on a peaceful body of water that offers plenty of boating and fishing opportunities. Trout and bass are popular targets in Lake Placid. You may enjoy an overnight adventure by staying at one of the area’s lodges.

Travel just 8 miles away from Lake Placid to witness the geological wonders of High Falls Gorge. This gorgeous location has large granite formations that are veiled by massive cascades. High Falls Gorge is a prime destination for both hikers and photographers.

Seasoned and green hikers can unleash their adventurous sides by following the trails of Mount Marcy. At an elevation of 5,344 feet, the peak of Mount Marcy is the highest in the Adirondacks region. You can reach the summit of Mount Marcy by following a 7.5-mile trail.

Rocky Mountain – Adirondacks, New York

Two friends on Rocky Mountain summit in the Adirondacks enjoying the view of an breathtaking autumn landscape.

Explore the serene blue waters of Raquette Lake by joining a touring party. The Mail Boat will guide you to several beautiful waterfront areas. If you would prefer a remote boating experience, use a canoe to explore the wilderness.

Climate conditions

The Adirondacks region is located in a temperate climate zone. You can expect warm summers and cold winters. Hot temperatures are extremely rare in the Adirondacks, and you can appreciate the crisp mountain air. The area receives heavy snowfall between November and March.