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Adirondacks Vacation Retreat
By Jennifer Weiss

Located in New York’s north country, the Adirondacks is an area where natural beauty abounds and countless recreational pursuits await to entertain visitors of this pristine and majestic region. Whether you want to soak in the splendor of a stunning mountain range or explore all of the Olympic-sized adventures that Lake Placid has to offer, the Adirondacks have everything you need for a memorable and enjoyable vacation getaway.

Situated in the Adirondack Mountains and overflowing with attractions relating to the Olympics, Lake Placid is the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors and soak in a little history. While the Olympic Center, home of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice,” is the training center for world-class hockey players, ice skaters, and speed skaters, visitors have the opportunity to lace up their own skates for an evening on the ice or tour the 1932 & 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum to see exhibits and equipment used by champion athletes.

Those who want a more interactive experience around Lake Placid can venture to the Olympic Ski Jump Complex and watch daring ski-divers glide through air while the truly adventurous ride the elevator up to the platform for a first-hand look at the jump’s extreme height. Other possibilities for excitement await at the Olympic Sports Complex where thrilling bobsled rides, complete with an experienced driver and brakeman, and cross-country skiing on world class trails are available for those who are up for a challenge.

With more than 3,000 lakes and ponds and 2,000 miles of hiking trails, the Adirondacks region is the perfect place for an all-season getaway. Head out on a hiking expedition where unparalleled views of the forest, lakes, and mountains is a common occurrence; set your compass for a kayaking expedition through whitewater chutes or over serene ponds where wildlife is typically within sight; or journey to Lake George or Lake Champlain for a fishing adventure in search of walleye, trout, northern pike, and numerous other species. No matter what kind of warm weather activity you have on your itinerary, the Adirondacks are always an accommodating host.

When snow falls on this picturesque region, a day of exciting adventures is waiting at the expansive and visually stunning Adirondack Park. Snowmobiling across the Moose River Plain or over the challenging Tug Hill Plateau is a favorite attraction while cross-country skiing on the scenic trails is the perfect way to soak in the breathtaking winter landscape on remote and demanding hills. With such easy access to a beautiful mountain range, however, skiing is always the most popular winter activity and visitors can head to the Gore and Whiteface Mountains for the downhill thrill of a lifetime.

Also located within the Adirondacks and renowned for its healing mineral springs, Saratoga Springs is the perfect jumping off point for a visit to the Saratoga Spa State Park. A National Historic Landmark, the park boasts cultural venues such as the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the National Museum of Dance, the Gideon Putnam Hotel, and the Spa Little Theater in addition to traditional recreational opportunities. Whether you want to snowshoe or hike on its stream-side trails or view its many informative and interesting attractions, this park is the perfect cap to an invigorating and relaxing vacation.

To realize the perfect retreat no matter what time of year you plan to visit, consider Adirondacks cabin rentals for your accommodations needs. Surround yourself with the breathtaking beauty of the lakes and mountains of the region all while making it easy to head out for an exhilarating hiking, fishing, bobsledding, or skiing adventure whenever the call of the outdoors becomes too much to ignore. Begin your search for the perfect Adirondacks vacation rental today and experience a soothing mountain getaway with all of the comforts of home at your fingertips.

HomeAway.com has the most comprehensive selection of vacation rental homes on the Internet. For an alternative lodging option, consider Adirondacks cabin rentals for your next trip to northern New York.

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