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Situated at the heart of New York’s great wilderness, the vast Adirondack State Park, Lake Placid is not short on space – or incredible vistas. In winter, the mountains show off their Olympic pedigree, their snowy slopes a magnet for winter sports enthusiasts. The après-ski scene offers cozy fire-lit taverns providing the ideal place to thaw out and socialize. In summer, the landscape is transformed into one of verdant mountains, while the lake lives up to its name - placid and beautiful.

Things to see

Whether you’re hiking up it in the heat of summer or skiing down it in the midst of winter, at some point, you’ll encounter Whiteface, Lake Placid’s most famous mountain. It may not be the highest in the region, but it offers the best glaciers and magnificent views of the Adirondack State Park, including unfathomably distant lakes and peaks. Closer to the center of Lake Placid, you’ll find the Olympic Center and Museum, where the past glories of 1932 and 1980 are carefully preserved. The Olympic Center still makes good use of its world-class facilities, so you can skate on a champions’ rink, or catch a hockey game between national teams. Mirror Lake, located close by, provides a huge outdoor ice rink in the winter and a great kayak venue in the summer. You can also take a gentle stroll around the lake, taking in magnificent views from every angle.

Hotels in Lake Placid

Lake Placid hotels are focused on leisure and maximizing your enjoyment of the area. Luxury hotels here offer full service spas and golf courses and top notch après-ski bars, all housed within characterful, chalet-style buildings. Some are even positioned right on the lakeside. If you plan to spend most of your time outdoors and just need somewhere to rest your head, budget hotels are available too. You may have to compromise on location, but there are some charming guesthouses here. Amenities include complimentary breakfast, WiFi access, and satellite TVs – not that you’ll be spending long enough indoors to watch anything.

Where to stay

To be close to Lake Placid’s amenities, including restaurants, bars, and the central Olympic venues, choose one of the hotels around the southern bank of Mirror Lake or along Main Street. These hotels tend to be upscale, offering luxurious stays. For a more secluded location where you can enjoy true tranquility, choose one of the guesthouses or resorts on the banks of Lake Placid itself. There’s a mixture of luxury and value hotels here, with fantastic views. For budget accommodation, head south of Mirror Lake. Between South Main Street and the Olympic Jump Complex, there are several good value B&Bs.

How to get to Lake Placid

As remote and wild as it feels, Lake Placid is surprisingly well-connected and easy to reach. There is a small airport at nearby Saranac Lake, which receives flights from Boston. From there, the journey is about 30 minutes by car to Lake Placid. Alternatively, both Montreal and Burlington’s international airports are a 2-hour drive from Lake Placid. If you’d rather take public transport, the Trailways bus service covers the whole of New York State and serves Lake Placid, with links to main cities, including New York City and Montreal. Within Lake Placid, local transport, including a mountain shuttle, is free.