7 days in Adirondacks Itinerary

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Old Forge
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Lake Placid
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Lake George
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Old Forge — 1 night

Old Forge is a hamlet (and census-designated place) on New York State Route 28 in the town of Webb in Herkimer County, New York. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bald Mountain, then look for gifts at Old Forge Hardware, and then stroll through McCauley Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountain, then look for all kinds of wild species at Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Fulton Chain Craft Brewery.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Old Forge road trip website.

Buffalo to Old Forge is an approximately 4-hour car ride. In September, daily temperatures in Old Forge can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lake Placid.
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Lake Placid — 2 nights

Lake Placid is a village in the Adirondack Mountains in Essex County, New York, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): explore the activities along Lake Placid, steep yourself in history at John Brown Farm State Historic Site, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally look for gifts at Saratoga Olive Oil Company. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Saranac Laboratory Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Raquette River Brewing, and then steep yourself in history at Crown Point State Historic Site.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lake Placid trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Old Forge to Lake Placid takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Old Forge in September, plan for little chillier nights in Lake Placid, with lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Lake George.
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Lake George — 3 nights

Queen of the American Lakes

A playground for America’s wealthy families, Lake George was nicknamed "Queen of the American Lakes." While these families often stayed in private country houses, a tourism industry built up around them in the early 20th century facilitated by two YMCAs.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Star Trek Original Series Set Tour and Gooney Golf. Fort William Henry Museum and Fort Ticonderoga will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Lake George side-trips: Schroon Lake Town Beach (in Schroon Lake) and The Falls of Carillon (in Ticonderoga). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake George, take a memorable tour with Tours, learn about winemaking at Adirondack Winery, and sample the fine beverages at Lake George Distilling Company.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lake George trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lake Placid to Lake George in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Lake Placid in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Lake George, with lows of 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car back home.
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