Welcome to the Lake Placid Region!
The Adirondack Park is a natural wilderness unlike any other. Created in 1892 by the State of New York, the park is a constitutionally protected Forever Wild area and spans six million acres. Covering 1/5 of New York, it is the largest publicly protected area in the contiguous United States—and exploring it is no small task.
The Lake Placid Region is in the northern Adirondacks and extends from the coast of Lake Champlain where American Revolution battles were waged, to Schroon Lake where a pristine wilderness hugs the lakeside village, to awesome biking and world-class fly fishing in the Ausable River of the Whiteface Region, to the highest peaks of New York and the historic Adirondack destinations of Keene, Lake Placid and Saranac Lake.
The Adirondacks boast over 3,000 lakes and ponds and more than 30,000 miles of streams feeding 6,000 miles of rivers. Experience the intensity of the rivers on a whitewater rafting adventure or paddle our peaceful lakes and rivers and spot rare Adirondack birds and other wildlife. Discover it all from the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, with trains departing right here in Lake Placid!
The Adirondack High Peaks
Each one of the Adirondacks' 46 High Peaks boasts an elevation over 4,000 feet—the tallest is Mount Marcy, which towers 5,343 feet above sea level. Mount Marcy is also home to Lake Tear of the Clouds, the highest lake in New York State at 4,292 feet, and the source of the Hudson River. There are over 2,000 miles of designated High Peaks hiking trails, providing access to and spectacular views of New York's Adirondack Mountains.
Offering fresh air, spectacular views and a variety of Adirondack attractions, the High Peaks Region will appeal to people of all ages and interests. In Lake Placid and the surrounding towns, visitors can climb the state's tallest mountains and explore the quiet wooded forests.
Experience an Adirondack Vacation
Visit the Adirondacks and enjoy the spectacular backdrop, perfect for any occasion—from family vacations, to romantic getaways and outdoor excursions. Throughout the seasons, the region is home to an array of Adirondack family activities, arts and cultural offerings, unique events and popular annual competitions. We've created a few sample Lake Placid vacation itineraries to give you ideas on how to invent your own perfect stay. Just book a stay at one of the many hotels and resorts in Lake Placid to discover it all.