Knee-high snow and iced-over lakes are nature's white winter canvas. Roaming through this backdrop is a centuries-old Adirondack tradition. To celebrate the best of the snowy season, week-long Winter Carnivals bring together communities and visitors with cast iron frying pan tosses, parades, and pageantry.
Outside of town, winter explorers snow-shoe and cross-country ski across snow-laden trails. The most adventurous of winter things to do is winter camping in the Adirondacks. Stop by a local outfitter or guide service for winter conditions and safety advice. (photo by Dain Fiacco @dains.the.name)
To the uninitiated, a clear spring day in the Adirondacks may be intimidating to figure out what to do – summer is not here yet but the snow is gone. Springtime, however, has become an incredibly popular season amongst the region's residents. Here's why:
Fully loaded with hiking gear, fishing poles, and roadmaps, your crew hits the road. Destination: the Adirondack Mountains.
Once here, avid hikers will want to venture into the 46 High Peaks. Shorter hiking trails also abound, providing fantastic views along the way. Take Rooster Comb, a moderate 2.5 mile trek with stunning views like the one you see here (photo by: Louis Arevalo - @louisarevalo).
As the sun sticks around later and later into the evenings, lakeshores become a popular spot for swimming and picnic dinners. Soak up the mountain lake vibes while paddling a kayak or visiting a public beach. To surround yourself with nature while learning about the Adirondack Region, boat tours are available all summer long on lakes around the region.
Rain-soaked days are a chance to bring the adventure indoors. Visiting an Adirondack museum will teach you about this unique wilderness region. But don't forget about the rich Winter Olympic history in the Lake Placid area, what it's like to walk along boreal treetops in Tupper Lake, or how settlers in the 1800's traversed this rugged landscape in Blue Mountain Lake.
Summer in the Adirondacks is a time to relax, adventure, hike, paddle and learn!
There is a reason why travelers from around the world converge upon the Adirondack Region every autumn: Adirondack Fall Foliage. The vibrant colors of the leaves fascinate new and returning visitors as colorful vistas change daily.
To see the most of this season of phenomena, take a ride along one of the Adirondack scenic drives. The views, and the colors, change around every curve as the miles fly by.
After taking in nature's show of color, local breweries await. Sample an award-winning craft beer and get the inside scoop from a local on where to explore next. Take in the views like photographer Jay Cagney (@jaycagney) -- via motorcycle!