Filled with mountains, lakes and woods dotted with small towns, the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York are known for skiing but they’re also a spectacular destination for hiking in the spring, summer and fall. From stunning waterfalls to amazing local food and craft beer to wide open spaces to explore, a trip here will keep you and the kids moving.
One of the most popular spots to visit is Lake Placid, home to the 1980 Winter Olympic Games. At Lake Placid’s Olympic Sites, you can experience what it was like to be an Olympic Bobsledder on the new Cliffside Mountain Coaster at Mt. Van Hoevenberg, the country’s longest year-round mountain coaster. Don’t miss the Sky Flyer Zipline at the Lake Placid Olympic Jumping Complex and the SkyRide Experience, an 8-person gondola that takes visitors to its ski jump towers.
Take a hike, try riverwalking, get a unique view of the Adirondacks on a zip line trip or fly through the mountains with the Adirondack Flying Service. Head to the Wild Center to climb the massive tree house. Ausable Chasm, the Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks, is less than an hour from Lake Placid and is a must-see for its breathtaking scenery. Tour its waterfalls and relax by floating down the river in a tube.
Start your day at the Breakfast Club, known for its Bloody Marys. Head to the Pickled Pig for wings, chili and burgers or the Big Mountain Deli, which serves an impressive sandwich menu that corresponds with the High Peaks. End your day with a seafood or steak dinner at Great Adirondack Brewing Co. And make time to hit up Main Street Lake Placid’s boutique shops and restaurants.
High Peaks Resort, a dog-friendly spot on Mirror Lake, and Lake Placid Lodge, a former estate with magnificent architecture, bonfires, cozy cabins and horseback riding, are two of many family-friendly places to stay.
If you’re planning a trip, make sure to check out the Adirondack Wayfinder, a virtual service that’ll help you search through a variety of curated itineraries organized by theme and interests, from outdoor adventures to family-friendly itineraries to dining, brewery tours, and more.