Fall in the Adirondacks

Lake Placid, Adirondacks USA -  The Lake Placid-based Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism invites all to experience the vibrant reds, yellows and oranges of fall in the Adirondacks via five favorite leaf peeper loops!

Much-anticipated by many, this multi-hued season in the Adirondacks can be enjoyed for weeks on end. The mountains’ pallet transforms from green to bright yellow, red and orange, visibly descending from the higher altitude of the High Peaks Wilderness to near sea level on the Adirondack Coast during September and October each year.   

In fall, every Adirondack road and trail provides views of the awe-inspiring foliage, but here is a compilation of five favorite loops - complete with directions and maps - to be explored on two wheels or four!

  • Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway
    Drive to the top of New York State’s 5th highest peak, and view a panorama that includes Lake Placid, the High Peaks, Lake Champlain and when conditions permit, Montreal, Quebec!
  • Around the Mountain

    A scenic cruise around Whiteface and McKenzie Mountains, showcasing the landscape surrounding Lake Placid, Wilmington and Saranac Lake.
  • Natural Wonders Loop

    A drive to some of the most dramatic destinations along the Adirondack Coast, including Ausable Chasm, the vertical cliffs of Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain, and historic gems such as the 1812 Homestead in Willsboro and the town of Essex, much of which is on the National Historic Register!
  • Tour of History Loop
    A tour that includes some of the most significant historic sites in America, including Fort Ticonderoga, and Forts St. Frederic His Majesty’s Fort at Crown Point, and the Iron Center, exploring the area’s iron ore mining heritage. 
  • True Wilderness Loop
    Explore the Schroon Lake Region and beyond, with views of two wilderness tracts, the Hoffman Notch and Pharaoh Lake Wilderness, and expansive vistas from the Blue Ridge Road.

Add the various fall events that abound throughout the region to a tour, from the Whiteface Region’s Festival of the Colors and Oktoberfest to the Adirondack Marathon Distance Festival and the Lake Placid/North Elba half marathon and 10k, to the Artist at Work Studio Tour.

To plan a tour of the Adirondacks this fall, start with a place to FALL asleep! Check out the many Lake Placid lodging packages, or book now

For comprehensive information about visiting the Lake Placid, Adirondacks region, visit www.lakeplacid.com
 Adirondack roadside view