What Everybody Ought to Know About the Adirondacks

It’s not too often that life shocks and thrills you at the same time. But when it does, wow, you know you’ve hit something spectacular.

When we think about staying in the Adirondacks, we often think of cozy campfires and picking the perfect spot on the lake for fishing at the crack of dawn. We envision lazy camp mornings, sipping coffee dockside in an Adirondack chair. We may even recall our childhood road trips that rivaled a Griswold family vacation or the “must-see” town that our neighbors came home raving about.

What may slip under our radar is that each one of these idyllic Adirondack lake towns, family vacation sites, and much-needed getaways creates over 6 million acres of endless possibilities. To bring this point home, Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon National Parks combined do not make up the size of the entire Adirondack Park. We’re talking 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, 10,000 lakes, and over 2,000 miles of hiking trails.

It’s no wonder that the Adirondacks beat out Colorado, Maine, and Lake Tahoe, nabbing the number five spot in Thrillist’s “The 25 Best State Parks in America You Absolutely Must Visit.” Its breathtaking panoramic views and beyond relaxing presence have to be experienced to be appreciated. You have to live it to love it. Once you do, you will be able to define your life as before you stayed in the Adirondacks and after you left. You will completely understand what all of the fuss is about without even having to say a word. You’ll just get it!

Whether it’s a family excursion to the Wild Center at Tupper Lake or a romantic weekend at Lake Placid’s Mirror Lake, the Adirondacks is filled to the brim with an endless range of activities. With the sun still shining brightly and the temperatures remaining high, there’s no better time to take advantage of all that the Adirondacks have to offer. From the thrill seeker who wants to enjoy hiking, biking, and whitewater rafting, to the low-key observer who wants to visit museums and historical sites, there is truly something for everyone.

The best part? You don’t have to choose just one. The Adirondack experience is waiting!