Explore These 7 Local Attractions in
The Adirondack Mountains
With 46 peaks to explore, there is no lack of attractions and activities to keep you busy in the Adirondacks with scenery and hiking alone. Did you know you can actually summit all 46 peaks by way of hiking? In fact, there is a club you can become a member of specifically for this achievement. Not quite ready to join the 46ers? Not to worry. Below you can find plenty of attractions in and amongst the 46 Adirondack high peaks.
1. Lake Tear of the Clouds
Lake Tear of the Clouds is situated between the highest, the 4th, and the 7th highest peaks of the 46. At a height of 4,293 feet, it is the highest body of water in New York State and the highest source of the Hudson River. This water attraction lends the perfect backdrop for novice and expert photographers with its gorgeous backdrop of Mt.Marcy’s 5,344 summit.
2. Whiteface Mountain
Not quite up to hiking? Not ready to ski? When visiting Whiteface, you can still enjoy the high peaks of the Adirondacks by visiting the Cloudsplitter Gondola Ride.
3. Fire Towers
25 fire towers are available to reach by hiking. Perched above elevations that start at just under 1,800 feet and reach to nearly 4,000 feet, these towers are not for those with a fear of heights. After a trip to many of the fire towers, trails lead back to pubs and restaurants where you can cool back down with a drink and a meal.
It goes without saying that skiing is a perfect attraction to the high peaks of the Adirondacks. With places like Whiteface and Gore, skiers of all levels can enjoy the views from the mountains. For those with ample experience under their belts, and we do mean only the experts, backcountry skiing can take place on some of the highest peaks in the winter months.
5. Zip Lines
Want to enjoy the scenery and soar through the skies, but perhaps not venture to the tip-top peaks? Try zip-lining with Adirondack Extreme Adventures situated between Haystack, Buck and Black Mountains in Bolton Landing.
6. Hot Air Balloons
Limited days, want to experience all the high peaks you can in one outing, try viewing the scenic peaks with a hot air balloon ride. This attraction will cover the most ground for visiting the summits with the littlest wear and tear on your hiking boots.
6. Great Views
Looking for an attraction that holds great views, history and fun? Visit the Olympic Jumping Complex in Lake Placid. You might not be at the summit of one of the 46 mountain peaks, but you can take an easier route to the height of the ski jumps by elevator and experience a magnificent 360-degree view of numerous peaks at once.
By foot, by line, by balloon or by elevator, there is no doubt there are plenty of opportunities for beginners to experts alike to enjoy the high peaks of the Adirondack Mountains at any time of year.