Adirondacks, New York Family Vacation Guide

28th December 2017

Why Go

New York’s Adirondack Region is home to a six-million-acre state park, the largest protected natural area in the lower 48 states. You could fit Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier, and Grand Canyon National Parks combined all within the boundaries of Adirondack Park. There are plenty of attractions and activities including 2,000 miles of hiking trails, 46 Adirondack high peaks (over 4,000 feet), and 3,000 lakes and ponds.


A magnificent view of Lower Ausable Lake from the Indian Head Lookout in the high peaks region of the Adirondack Mountains of New York.

Where to Go

Adirondack Park is a patchwork of public and private land with 103 towns and villages scattered amongst the wilderness, major towns include Lake Placid, Lake George, and Plattsburgh, NY.  The Adirondacks lie four hours north of New York City and stretch all the way to the Canadian border.  From the north, Montreal is a one-hour drive south to the Adirondacks.

Adirondack Chairs on the Heart Lake dock on a misty morning in the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Mountains near Lake Placid, N.Y.

What to Do

Outdoor adventures are key to enjoying the Adirondacks, and there are ample opportunities for hiking, climbing, boating, fishing, skiing, and more.  Below are highlights of some of the attractions of the Adirondack Region.

Getting Around

A car is definitely required to get around the vast (and relatively remote) Adirondacks region.  There are some small, regional airports in the area, but, even if you fly to the Adirondacks, you will definitely want a car to check out the many scenic byways.  There is also train service via Amtrack’s Adirondack, voted one of the Top 10 scenic train rides in the world.

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