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Adirondacks Travel Guide

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A visit to the Adirondacks is best spent enjoying the great outdoors. Look beyond the luxurious cabin complexes built for yesteryear's local millionaires, and you'll find that the region holds a treasure trove of adventure activities. You can hike up High Peaks one day and kayak through the St. Regis Canoe Area the next. You can even take an airplane tour over Tupper Lake village or paddle down Old Forge's famous canoe ... continue»

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When to Visit Adirondacks

The best time to visit the Adirondacks is from May to August, when the weather is warm and the top sites are open for longer hours. But the region can get crowded this time of year, so you should book your accommodations at least three months in advance. November to April is the best time to experience the winter sports season in full swing, but be prepared for single-digit temperatures. The shoulder months of September and October are generally less crowded, but businesses in smaller hamlets (like Paul Smiths) will be closing up shop for the winter season.  

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Getting Around Adirondacks

The best way to get around the Adirondacks is by car, whether it be your own or a rental. Having your own set of wheels enables you to experience the region's gorgeous scenery at your own pace. Plus, the Adirondacks' ideal location (just five hours northwest of Boston and four hours north of New York City), makes the area easily accessible in a day's drive. That said, hopping on the Amtrak from New York City's Penn Station to Lake Placid is an excellent alternative if you don't plan on bringing a vehicle. Another option: flying into Adirondack Regional Airport (SLK) in Saranac Lake or Plattsburgh International Airport (PBG) and renting a car from there. Either way, you should plan to get behind the wheel if you're looking to visit a variety of areas and attractions. If you would rather get the lay of the land from the sea, you'll find boating is a popular means of getting around specific regions.

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