If you love beautiful scenery no matter the season, one of the best places to vacation is the northeast. Visit the beautiful Adirondack high peaks region of Upstate New York to discover stunning scenery for photos and adventures year-round.
These 46 mountains are all supposed to be over 4,000 feet high, but a few have been found to be less than that height. Most of them are in the Lake Placid area, which is a draw all on its own. Visit them and take a break from the struggles of daily work and life in general.
Those who travel to this area will find some cool sights to explore. One of the highest of the peaks in this region also happens to be the tallest in New York State. Mt. Marcy comes in at more than 5,300 feet – four times the height of the Empire State Building! Consider that the next time you are in the Big Apple. This mountain was named after William Marcy who was a U.S. Senator and Governor of the state in the 1800s.
So, what can you expect from this region?
Amazing Fall Foliage
While this area is stunning no matter when you visit, fall produces awe-inspiring images with its beautiful colors found in the mountains and valleys.
Bring your digital camera and be sure it has the panoramic feature so you can take several pictures horizontally and then stitch them together for a great panoramic image. Also, a tripod would be a very helpful. I like the carbon variety since they are lighter.
Very close to beautiful Lake Placid is Whiteface Mountain located in Wilmington. Here there are more than 80 skiing trails for experts and newbies alike. Lessons are available and you can even drive up the mountain if alpine skiing isn’t to your liking.
Also in the Whiteface area, you’ll find:
· 6 restaurants
· Downhill skiing events (This was particular slope featured prominently in the 1980 Winter Olympics. A cross country trail here was also used in the 1932 games).
Spring and Summer Fun
Should you vacation here in the warmer months, you’ll find this region is home to some incredible opportunities for hiking, camping and mtn. biking. You can rest assured you’ll see some great views, rivers and lakes, too.
Depending on where you visit, you may also catch glimpses of some beautiful waterfalls. Be sure to check out some of the guide books available on the area to plan your hiking or sight-seeing adventures. Some guides are event detailed enough to not only tell you what to expect to see, but also how challenging the trails happen to be.
The Peaks to Check Out
Here’s a list of the region’s named peaks: Allen, Alqonquin, Armstrong, Basin, Big Slide, Blake Peak, Cascade Mountain, Cliff Mtn., Colvin, Couchsachraga Peak, Dial Mountain, Dix, East Dix, South Dix, Donaldson, Emmons, Esther Mtn., Gothics, Giant, Gray Peak, Haystack, Hough Peak, Iroquois, Lower Wolfjaw, Upper Wolfjaw, Macomb, Marcy, Marshall, Mount Colden, Nippletop, Nye, Panther, Phelps, Porter, Redfield, Rocky Peak, Saddleback, Santanoni, Sawteeth, Seymour, Seward, Skylight, Street, Table Top, Whiteface Mountain and Wright.
Thousands of people have climbed all of the Adirondack High Peaks, but even if you only check out one or two, you’re in for some awesome scenery regardless the season.