Adirondack Mountains for a Fun Vacation

Awesome Adirondack Mountains

The Adirondacks, found in upper New York, represent the largest area of wilderness in the Eastern United States, consisting of 46 mountains. There are over six million acres, with over 3000 lakes and 2000 miles of hiking trails. I have visited the area 3 times, once in the winter and twice in autumn, as my son lived relatively close to the mountains. The beauty of the scenery in the autumn is breath taking. It is a wonderful place to spend the summers as well.

Adirondack water fall

Waterfall we discovered while hikingl Pamela99 Photo Collection
Waterfall we discovered while hikingl Pamela99 Photo Collection

Adirondack Activities

The Adirondacks are a haven for numerous outdoor sports, including; hiking, camping, trophy fishing, skiing, snowmobiling and even historic attractions. There are numerous resorts, spas, rustic cabins, camping sites and B&BS. There are also many isolated waterfalls and splendid panoramic views. There are several smaller mountains where you can get a beautiful panoramic view without climbing up one of the large mountains. There are wonderful cabins in the mountains for rent also. This is an extremely fun vacation for the family.

Other things you can enjoy are outdoor museums, biking, art galleries, nature walks, antiquing and all types of festivals depending on the season. Many people have a second home in the mountains where they spend the summers. The winter weather lasts for many months, and it is not unusual to get 200" of snow fall in a winter. Avalanches are a danger during winter and immediately after major snowfalls.

Where are the Adirondack Mountains?

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Logo for Climbers of all the Adirondack Mountains

This group is called the Adirondack Forty Sixers
This group is called the Adirondack Forty Sixers

Deer near the woods

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Adirondack Lake - Blue Mountain Lake

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Autumn leaves, Small Building in Lake

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Hiking Trail Through the Adrirondacks

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Sweet Granddaughter

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Adirondack Forty-Sixers

The Adirondack Forty-Sixers Inc, founded in 1948, are an organization of mountain climbers that climb all 46 of the Adirondack Mountains. Their mission is to educate the public on responsible wilderness use and to encourage stewardship in the High Peaks Region. They also want to encourage people to enjoy the mountains safely.

Activities in the Adirondiaks

Hiking is extremely popular in these mountains and many tourist come each year for camping and hiking. Some mountains are more difficult that others to climb due to height and terrain.

The Internet has several sites that give you a wealth of information about the best hiking trails. In addition, there are several types of campsites throughout the mountains. As the weather can be cool at times, even in the summer, it is best to take adequate supplies just in case.

White water rafting is another extremely exciting sport and available at several sites in the mountains. Fishing is very popular and hunting when in season. There is a huge number of deer in the area. It is the first time I have ever actually seen a large herd of deer, as you typically only see one or two. There are also moose in the area.

There are canoes and kayaks available, in addition to boat rentals. There are also some golf courses. As you can see you don't run out of things to do.

We visited the Adirondack Museum which has a lot of historical information about the mountains, and I remember lovely gardens as well.

Winter brings a whole different type of activity, such as; snow skiing, cross country skiing, sledding and snowmobiling,






Where is Lake Placid?

The 1980 XIII Olympics Winter Games were held in Lake Placid, which is in the northeastern area of the Adirondack Mountains. The winter Olympics had also been held at this site in 1932. We had the opportunity to visit Lake Placid and enjoy the 360 ° panoramic view. The great thing for us was the ability to drive to the top, as Whiteface is one of the larger mountains, and I do not have the ability to climb mountains.

The 1980 Olympics was the first time artificial snow was used for the Olympic competition. The Alpine skiing competition was done on Whiteface Mountain which is 4687' high. Whiteface Mountain also has the greatest vertical drop of any mountain in the East of an astonishing 3430'.

There were several problems with the planning of these Olympics and a lot of tension as President Jimmy Carter had already announced a boycott of the Summer Olympics in Moscow. Despite that, Russia did compete and win. The United Stated came in third for total medals with the USSR being number one, and East Germany coming in second. Eric Heiden won 5 gold medals for speed skating which was the most exciting win for the US.

There were three first time competitor nations; Cyprus, the People's Republic of China and Costa Rico. Thirty six countries participated in all.

Climbing the High Peaks of the Adirondacks

View from Lake Placid

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Grandchildren Hiking in Mountains

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Gorgeous Fall Foliage

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Adirondack Unique Rock Formation

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Adirondack Chairs

Adirondack Chairs source Bing Buckin Bufflo
Adirondack Chairs source Bing Buckin Bufflo

In Conclusion

There is so much to do in the Adirondack Mountains, in addition to hiking and camping.. You can always purchase one of the Adirondack chairs made in the area. In Old Forge, which is the closest city to Utica, they have a huge grocery-everything-you-can-think-of store. I never went skiing but my family spent many great days on the slopes during there long winters. For me, the scenery in the autumn is the draw, as it is spectacular.

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

2,000 miles of hiking tails in the Adirondacks? That's a ton of great hiking opportunity, Pamela. Your photos are beautiful - particularly the tree with red leaves. It's so pretty it looks artificial.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

drbj, I love those autumn leaves. Thanks for your comment.


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cwarden 5 years ago from USA

This sounds like a wonderful trip to take. I think I will wait for autumn though. Living in Florida, I don't often get to enjoy beautiful scenes like your pictures show. I do have Adirondack chairs though! :)


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

cwarden, I go north every year I can in autumn as I also live in FL. Thanks for your comment.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Your excellent pictures show the beautiful countryside and it must have been a great experience. Thank you for sharing.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Hello, It truly was a wonderful time. Thank you for your comment.


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rpalulis 5 years ago from NY

Bravo! Pamela love this hub, this is my home. I live but only a 40 minute drive from the Adirondack Park and have hiked several of the high peaks, not all 46 although would love to. I have also enjoyed many camping trips both winter and summer and weekend canoe trips as well. Love this hub and great photos!


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Rob, You really live in a beautiful area of the country. Thanks so much for your comment.


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Ken Barton 5 years ago

Nice Hub, my wife and I love going to the Adirondacks for vacation. Usually, we camp at the KOA Campground just past Lake Placid. It is so beautiful up there I hate leaving every time we have to head home.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Ken, I can understand why you hate leaving that beautiful place. Thank you for your comment.


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capncrunch 5 years ago from New Orleans

Hello Pamela,

I would love to visit the Adirondacks! Great aritcle!! It would make such a wonderful vacation. I enjoyed the pics and information about the Olympics. Thank you for writing this.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

capcrunch, I hope you get to take a vacation there some day. Thank you for your comments.

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