Forest vistas, quaint towns, recreational adventures and more await you on an exciting RV vacation to Lake Placid in New York State. Set amidst the beautiful scenery of the Adirondack Mountains, this getaway spot is one of the prime vacation destinations when visiting the state. And getting there can be half the fun!
To reach Lake Placid from Massachusetts, you will take Interstate 90 out of Boston to get on the Adirondack Northway (or Interstate 87). Here is where the fun begins. Although you may feel you should just pass through Albany, it might be good to note that this is the home of the rare Karner Blue Butterfly. You can stop at the Pine Barrens to see if you can catch a glimpse. You may see this small one-inch butterfly flitting from flower to flower and have the opportunity for some photos.
Continuing on and traveling north on Interstate 87, you’ll come to Clifton Park, with lots of places to stock up on supplies. When you reach Glen Falls, no matter the time of year, you can find some farm-fresh foods at the Glens Falls Farmers Market. In the evening, you can take in a concert or sports event at the Civic Center. Familiar with the classic novels of James Fennimore Cooper? Visit Coopers Cave Bridge and the cave underneath that was the inspiration for a scene in “Last of the Mohicans.”
Recreation doesn’t get much better than at Lake George. This fresh water lake is known for its fine trout. If you are up for more thrilling adventures, you can get out on any of the nearby rivers and engage in whitewater rafting.
If you enjoyed Coopers Cave, you will also want to stop in Pottersville to see the Stone Bridge and Caves, offering dramatic Adirondack geology to those who dare to take the self-guided nature trails and eventually descend into the caves. Just north is Schroon Lake, with plenty of family activities.
Now you carry on up the Adirondack Northway to Underwood. Here you’ll take US Highway 73 to Lake Placid. This is your destination at last! It is also a hikers paradise. Hike along the mountain trails and unwind from the workaday world. Be sure to put Highfalls Gorge on your itinerary, as you don’t want to miss this spectacular 700-foot cascade.
Nearby are other attractions that you will want to add to your list of must-see sights. The Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake is one to put on this important list. All year round, the Pendragon Theatre will provide a break where you can sit and see professional theatre, entertainment and other special events.
Lake Placid, besides being an outdoor lover’s dream, also has many sporting events and traditional activities that are a pleasure to experience for all ages. You can spend the perfect RV vacation in the Adirondack Mountains, either relaxing or filling your days with many different and unique adventures. It all may seem almost as if you are in a dream, one from which you don’t want to wake up.