Hidden gems of the Adirondacks

Once you cross the border into New York State, the roads become paths to adventure, leading into the mountains, valleys and forests of one of the largest nature preserves in the United States.

When the push and pull of everyday life starts to wear on you, head south to the Adirondacks in New York State; where cool breezes, tall trees, and towering mountains welcome the work-weary with open arms. Here, kids are free to roam and explore, and you’re free to sit back, relax, or hit a nearby hiking trail to get your long-dormant adrenaline pumping.

Instead of heading for the known, head in the opposite direction, toward whatever’s waiting around that corner. Take the path less travelled. The reward is usually an experience that feels just a little bit special.

In the Adirondack Region, off-the-beaten-path adventures just happen to be our specialty. We present three trip ideas to get you started:

For families: Walk above the trees, explore Long Lake

Last summer, The Wild Center in Tupper Lake unveiled its latest attraction, The Wild Walk, an interactive nature experience that takes guests into the treetops, offering a bird’s-eye-view of the surrounding mountains and forests. It’s a must-see!

For added adventure, continue on to Long Lake, stopping at Hoss’s Country Corner, an Adirondack Landmark store offering everything from fishing bait and tackle to hand-hooked rugs and furnishings. Continue to the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake to explore the history of the Adirondacks. Don’t miss a tour of Great Camp Sagamore, and spend the evening cruising around the lake with Raquette Lake Navigation.


For girlfriends: Wine-and-beach it on the Adirondack Coast

Grab your best gal pals and head to the Adirondack Coast of Lake Champlain to tour the Adirondack Coast Wine Trail, a series of seven wineries and cideries along the coast of Lake Champlain. Hardy, cold-weather grapes produce deep, flavourful wines with crisp acidity and long finishes. Explore by bike or car and stop to sample an array of vintages, ciders, microbrews and more.

Spend the afternoon relaxing or paddleboarding on Lake Champlain at Plattsburgh City Beach. The wide, sandy beach and sparkling waters of America’s legendary lake make this a perfect place to relax and soak up some sun.

For couples: Romantic adventure in the High Peaks

Spice up a weekend away by doing something active and adventurous with your partner. Head to the High Peaks, hike above 1,220 metres, and experience the breathtaking views and sights the Adirondacks are renowned for.

Pack a picnic and bask in the sun at the summit, before heading back to the trailhead. Book a stay at a charming B&B in the valley, or a night at a “glamping” resort in the Lake George Area, and hit up a few of the region’s microbreweries to quench your thirst. Wrap up the evening with star gazing!

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