Adirondack History Itinerary

Take the Great Northeast Journey along North America's first inter-connected waterway and travel through Adirondack history.

Lakes to Locks Passage

A nationally designated All-American Road

Known as "the Great Northeast Journey," travel along North America's first inter-connected waterway of Lake Champlain, Lake George, and the Upper Hudson River, that provided the transportation from Canada to New York City, and shaped the nation-building activities of the United States. Steeped in early American and colonial history, today you can discover the forts and historic sites that were the key military positions of our emerging nation. The area offers excellent opportunities for Adirondack birding and serves as a major route for migratory birds. Home to the largest McIntosh apple crop in the world, farmers markets and farm stands abound. The fishing is amazing, especially for bass in Lake Champlain, and the collection of small hamlets and villages let you return to the peace and quiet of an earlier age.

  • Counties: Warren, Essex, Clinton (Glens Falls, Lake George, Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Westport, Essex, Plattsburgh, Rouses Point)
  • New York State Routes 9N, 22, 9
  • Learn early American history at Fort William Henry, Fort Ticonderoga, the Crown Point State Historic Site, and Valcour Island and the Battle of Plattsburgh.
  • Explore the hiking trails along Lake George, the historic village of Essex featuring over 160 Pre-Civil War buildings, and the natural wonder of Ausable Chasm.
  • Harvest the bounty of the North Country at local orchards offering crisp, fresh apple cider and home-baked breads and sweet treats in Crown Point, Keeseville, and Peru.


  • The Farmhouse Restaurant at Top of the World
  • Lake George Fire House Restaurant
  • Uptown Store & Restaurant
  • Hot Biscuit Diner
  • The King's Inn
  • Turtle Island CafĂ©
  • Nicola's

For lodging and complete information:

Suggested Itinerary:

Day one: Glens Falls Chapman Historical Museum in the morning, on to Lake George for a drive up Prospect Mountain Memorial Highway, scenic boat tour on Lake George, or a tour of Fort William Henry. Overnight in a community along the west shore of Lake George.

Day two: Drive north along the west shore of Lake George to Ticonderoga and visit Fort Ticonderoga, then on to the Crown Point Historic Site, or take a side trip to the Penfield Museum in Ironville, with an overnight in Westport.

Day three: Spend some time exploring the historic village of Essex then continue north to Ausable Chasm and marvel at this amazing natural wonder. Overnight in Plattsburgh.

Day four: Visit Point Au Roche State Park on Lake Champlain, the Champlain Valley Transportation Museum, and the Battle of Plattsburgh Museum.

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