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Best Things To Do in Adirondacks

The Adirondacks are mainly for outdoorsy vacationers; there are lots of opportunities for skiing and snowboarding at Whiteface Mountain in winter, as well as hiking and boating at Saranac Lake during the warmer months. But the region holds a range of attractions for other niche travelers. History buffs will appreciate John Brown Farm State Historic Site and Fort Ticonderoga, while families will enjoy learning about Adirondack wildlife at The Wild Center. Meanwhile, sports fans can add Lake Placid's Olympic Jumping Complex, Olympic Sports Complex and Olympic Museum to their must-see lists. 

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    Located just 9 miles northwest of the bustling tourist town of Lake Placid, Saranac Lake is the perfect escape from the high prices that accompany Lake Placid's Olympics attractions. Filled with shops,hotels and local diners, Saranac Lake is considered one of the most idyllic villages in upstate New York.

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    Whiteface Mountain (Lake Placid)
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    With the largest vertical drop on the eastern seaboard (measuring 3,430 feet), 87 trails and 11 ski lifts, Whiteface Mountain is a skier's paradise. But should you decide to visit during the warmer months, don't fret. Whiteface offers plenty of hiking and biking trails, plus several adrenaline-pumping adventures like 4x4

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    Fort Ticonderoga
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    Nicknamed the "Key to the Continent" in the 18th century, Fort Ticonderoga sits on Lake Champlain and once served as a strategic focal point during the Revolutionary War and the French and Indian War. After a careful restoration project in the 20th century, Fort Ticonderoga was reopened as a living

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    The Wild Center (Tupper Lake)
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    Nestled within the Adirondacks about 21 miles southwest ofSaranac Lake, The Wild Center features 81 acres of forest and plenty of wildlife. In fact, all of the site's exhibits– including movies, hands-on activities and a butterfly garden– focus on the surrounding landscape. But the standout at this family-friendly attraction is the animal

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    John Brown Farm State Historic Site (Lake Placid)
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    For those who are interested in history but don't want to drive too far to find it, John Brown Farm State Historic Site is worth a visit. Located less than a mile southwest of theOlympic Jumping Complexand Lake Placid Airport, this landmark provides travelers with a bit of history about

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    Lake Placid Olympic Sports Complex
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    Situated on Mount Van Hoevenberg about 7 miles southeast of Lake Placid, the Olympic Sports Complex is an ideal attraction for those interested in the Olympics and winter sports. The training facility features more than 30 miles of cross-country ski trails, plus multiple snowshoe paths and a biathlon shooting range.

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    Lake Placid Olympic Jumping Complex
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    Less than 2 miles southeast of downtown Lake Placid, the Olympic Jumping Complex is another popular (and convenient) outing for winter sports enthusiasts. Once used as an event site during the 1980 Winter Olympics, the complex now acts as a training ground for many Olympic hopefuls. And for those who

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    Lake Placid Olympic Museum
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    For a glimpse into the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games, make a stop at the Lake Placid Olympic Museum. Although some past travelers found the property to be a bit on the smaller size, many appreciated the artifacts found inside, including equipment that belonged to the 1980 "Miracle on

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