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Summer Vacation Ideas

From spring to summer to fall and all the in-betweens, the Adirondacks and Lake Placid are alive with activities for everyone from the youngest toddler to the most senior of citizens. The region is richly and deeply steeped in history and traditions, affording an amazing variety of activities and attractions for everyone.


Museums chronicle the intricate and crucial history of the region, from the French-Indian War through the colonial strike for independence. Names like Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold are bandied about as common knowledge, their patriotic legendary involvement in the colonial days and the Adirondacks a source of historic and cultural pride even today.


Even the golf courses in the Adirondacks are venerable! Westport Country Club's course is well over 100 years old and still going strong, with awards like "Best Golf Value in New York" and a four-star rating from Golf Digest Magazine. Hardly the only course in the area, golfers will find a wonderful banquet of championship courses to satisfy their appetite, well over a dozen courses around Lake George alone.

On the Water

Lake Champlain and Lake Placid are famous the world over. Lake Placid has been host to the Olympics, lending it renown but the Native American Algonquin tribes have visited the Adirondacks for twelve thousand years. Imagine the hiking and sightseeing to be found and enjoyed in such a place. Rock climbing, camping, nature, and wildlife photography are all easily enjoyed. The views are postcard-perfect, and there's a new vista around each corner or bend. Boating, water skiing, fishing, paddling, canoe and kayaking (from peaceful waters to whitewater rapids).


Mountain biking and cycling tours, eco-tourism, and just enjoying the great outdoors, the time spend in these ancient mountains is always a treat, whether you're an adrenalin junkie looking for his next fix, or you're after tranquil meditations. You can be flying down a mountain on two wheels in one moment, and enjoying a peaceful sojourn along the shores of a vast lake just a few moments later.