Lake Placid is best known as the site of the 1980 Winter Olympics, but the outdoor attractions including hiking, golf, and skiing, as well as the natural scenery have kept visitors coming back long after the Games ended. In recent years, the town has also become known as a premier spa destination. While you are here, try some of the delicious local seafood at the restaurants along Shore Drive, or visit Main Street for the quaint boutiques that offer a wonderful shopping experience.
Be sure to also make time for some of these outdoor activities that make Lake Placid an immensely popular getaway destination:
-Northville-Placid Trail: Admire breathtaking views of the region from this footpath.
-Adirondack Museum: Works of art from some of the most talented and well-known artists in the region can be found on display here.
-Go Shooting: Test your aim with authentic biathlete rifles at the Olympic shooting complex.
Don't let the small size of Lake Placid deceive you. There are a number of major events and festivals held year-round here, making every season of the year a great time to visit. Enjoy the ten-day Saranac Lake winter carnival in December, watch some of the world's best athletes in events including skiing and snowboarding at the World Cup Events in January, or observe elaborate parades and fireworks displays during the Fourth of July celebrations.
Get the most out of your time in Lake Placid by staying in a vacation rental. Whether you're looking for a condo just steps from the lake, or a rustic cabin in one of the more isolated parts of town, there's a property available that will meet all of your needs.
Many people spend their vacation exclusively in Lake Placid, while others use the town as a base to explore the rest of the region. In less than thirty minutes by car, you can explore Whiteface Mountain in the town of Wilmington, or the amazing climbing options that Keane Valley has to offer.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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