Historic Towns

Discover What Makes the Lake Placid Region Great

Since the 19th century, people have been flocking to the Adirondacks, reveling in the outdoor and social experience of the region—it's a tradition that is reflected in the many Great Camps and hunting lodges that still stand. And although most are now simply remnants of a bygone era, they serve as a testament and a necessary reminder that the early Adirondack communities are inextricably tied to their illustrious histories. There are many historic towns, celebrated for their classic appeal, throughout the Adirondack Region—the hardest part will be choosing a favorite. Explore them all!

Lake Placid

Lake Placid's legendary history is no secret—and the Olympic village effortlessly blends its storied past with the contemporary appeal of a year-round resort destination. Offering a wealth of outdoor activities from the annual Lake Placid Ironman race to world-class skiing and riding, backcountry excursions on snowmobiles and snowshoes, to hiking, fishing, climbing, and cycling, there is never a shortage of adventure. Combine that with an array of hotels, savory dining experiences in the many restaurants, and shopping for any age and style. Then add in the local museums, arts and entertainment venues, seasonal events and world-class competitions such as the Lake Placid Horse Show, all set against the majestic backdrop of the Adirondack Mountains—obviously Lake Placid isn't your average resort community.

Plan your own perfect day in Lake Placid—build a personal itinerary and book your trip instantly online. The alpine village of Lake Placid offers opportunities to relax and catch your breath, or take part in adventures that will leave you breathless. But don't take our word for it—come see for yourself. 

Keene and Keene Valley

Hikers and climbers know Keene and Keene Valley area as the primary trailhead to the unspoiled beauty of the Adirondack High Peaks. Embark on a journey to the 46 highest summits on the hundreds of trails that begin here, or to a variety of quaint Adirondack shops, unique restaurants, charming Inns and B&B's. Discover Keene & Keene Valley today!

Saranac Lake

Best known as a pioneer health resort in the late 1800's, as Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau found that the fresh mountain air provided a perfect environment to cure tuberculosis.

Today, Saranac Lake continues to embrace the wellness motif within its natural Adirondack setting, and its artistic side with a downtown center brimming with shops and services as well as year-round theatre, art galleries and exhibits, and free outdoor summer concerts. Explore what makes Saranac Lake great!

Newcomb

Newcomb, situated in the heart of the Adirondacks, is ready for your visit no matter the season. Get a taste for this small Adirondack town and we're sure you'll be back to visit.  

If you've set your mind on stepping back in time, be sure to visit the Santanoni Great Camp. In the winter you can cross-country ski or snowshoe the five miles to the Camp and in the summer you can take a horse and carriage, walk, or bike back to the unique site.

While in the area put the ghost town of Tahawus on your must-find list. A major mining town in its day, now it is mostly ruins but the recently restored McIntyre Blast Furnace is a site to see. There are also multiple trailheads starting at Tahawus that lead to many High Peaks and other great hikes. (Read more about the moving village of Tahawus and its amazing history in this blog.)