Located an hour North of Albany, and three hours from New York City in the Adirondack Park Preserve, Lake George has a bevy of attractions for those interested in vacation deals filled with outdoor recreation and culture. That is, if you can tear your eyes away from the beautiful views surrounding you. A year-round destination, the area offers unlimited activities for the whole family.
What makes Lake George unique and one of the best vacation spots in the country isn’t the individual attractions like kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, golfing or hang gliding, its how all of these activities combine in one magnificent place. You can spend a morning shopping at the abundant stores on Main Street, take the afternoon and go waterskiing, and then spend an evening dining at one of the area’s fabulous restaurants.
Many consider a trip to the mountains for a weekend as “roughing it” where high-end amenities like tasty dining, comfortable beds, and even electricity is hard to find. Not so in the Lake George area, as several affordable kinds of lodging are available from dude ranches for those with western taste to B&Bs for those looking for cozier accommodations to private rentals, cabins, homes,inns and modern hotels for families looking for simplicity.
When considering a trip to the Lake George area, there are a few attractions that you just can’t miss. In the colder months, a day at Gore Mountain will definitely put a smile on your face. Springtime is full of great deals on whitewater rafting as rapids are at their peak and the most fun. A summer day is best spent doing what Lake George is known for; exploring over 20 lakes on a motorboat, water skiing, tubing, or just enjoying the view. Fall is absolutely gorgeous in the Adirondack area. Lower temperatures and more colorful trees lend themselves to days spent admiring the views from above. The Adirondack Balloon festival is in mid September every year and the best chance to see what the whole area offers.
Worried about missing something? Don’t fret—the area isn’t that large at only 32-miles long and three miles wide, and a week there will leave you feeling satisfied and ready to explore another time of year. Besides, the Lake George Trolley will help you as it meanders both the north and south sides for no more than $1 per ride.
Fly into the Albany airport 50 miles south, take the AMTRAK from New York City or Montreal and stop in Fort Edward, about 15 miles south, hop on the Greyhound that comes to the area regularly. Or drive—Montreal, Boston, and New York City are all three hours away.
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