Adirondacks Travel Guide

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Best Times 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.  

Weather in Adirondacks

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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

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May-August

Temperatures hover around the pleasant upper 70s, the ideal weather for the tourist crowds that come this time of year. Not only are sites like John Brown Farm State Historic Site and Fort Ticonderoga open, but the winter sports complexes keep up operations, with some adjustments made for the warmer weather.

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September-October

Early fall in the Adirondacks can be well worth the visit for leaf peepers and hikers, but be sure to pack layers. Temperatures can range from the high 60s to the low 30s.

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November-April

Winter sports aficionados will be pleased with the weather for most of this season: The slopes are covered with regular snowfall and average temperatures hover around the high 20s (though single digit weather is common). But as the temperatures start to rise in March, snow and skiing conditions become less than ideal. And beyond the main hamlets of Saratoga Springs and Lake Placid, most tourist activity shuts down by this time of year. If you're planning on doing some sightseeing off the slopes, double-check your must-see attractions' seasonal hours.  

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Popular Times to Visit Adirondacks

Average Tourist Volumes

Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.

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