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Adirondacks Travel Tips

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Keep in Mind...

  • Prepare for the outdoors Before trekking out into the wilderness, it's always a good idea to let someone know where you're going, to check the weather, and to pack plenty of warm layers and water.
  • Prepare for bears There are large populations of black bears in the region, so it's best to research where you're headed and pack all your food in bear-resistant canisters. For more information, check out the Department of Environmental Conservation's website.
  • Take it easy on the slopes Skiing in the Adirondacks is intense, especially on Whiteface Mountain. Keep the edges of your skis sharp, and pay close attention to the trail-difficulty levels. 

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 route. And when you're ready to snuggle in your sleeping bag, you'll find that there are plenty of campgrounds waiting for you.

But there's more to the Adirondacks than the beautiful wilderness; you'll find another main draw is the bustling town of Lake Placid. Home to the 1932 and 1980 Winter Games, the little village proudly displays its Olympic history. And after the first snowfall, Lake Placid and its quaint neighbor, Saranac Lake, turn into winter wonderlands, complete with world-class ski slopes and an après-ski lifestyle for your inner Olympian. 

How To Save Money in Adirondacks

  • Skip the peak season Come after peak season, during the shoulder months of September and October, and you'll battle fewer crowds and find bargain hotel rates.
  • Skip the shops Instead of purchasing expensive outdoor gear sold in Lake Placid, arrive prepared with plenty of layers, good hiking shoes, and ski supplies if you're planning to shred some powder.
  • Skip the entrance fees The Adirondacks' best attractions won't cost you a dime. Escaping to the quaint Saranac Lake neighborhood and padding through the scenic St. Regis Canoe Area is completely free of charge.

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