Lake Placid, New York
The village of Lake Placid is located in the Adirondack Mountains in Essex County, New York, USA. It is named after the lake in the area - Lake Placid. Other nearby lakes include Saranac and Tupper Lakes. All three lakes make up the "Tri-Lakes region."
In addition to being serene and visually stunning, Lake Placid is famous for hosting the Winter Olympics twice - 1932 and 1980. It was during the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics that one of the greatest sports victories in history took place: the USA-USSR hockey game (the "Miracle on Ice").
Things to Do in Lake Placid, New York
Lake Placid is perhaps best known for its winter sports, of course! There are wonderful opportunities for Alpine and cross-country skiing, dogsledding, sleigh riding, bobsledding and, of course, all the wonderful activities and events offered at the famous Annual Winter Carnival at Saranac Lake - one of the oldest winter carnivals in the US.
In the summer, check out Whiteface Mountain for great hiking, gondola rides, mountain biking and more. This mountain is the most accessible (via auto road) among what are known as the "High Peaks" in the Adirondack Mountains.
Many people visit Lake Placid specifically to climb the High Peaks. If you succeed in climbing all the peaks, you can become a member of the Adirondack Forty-Sixers!
Also, in the warmer months, travelers can enjoy the West Branch of the Ausable River and try their hand at (catch-and-release) fly-fishing. In various spots around the village, moreover, you can canoe, swim, kayak through wild rapids, and more.
"Mountain golf" anyone? Golf enthusiasts can enjoy the myriad golf courses in the area. Indeed, Lake Placid has the most golf courses in the Adirondacks - many of which were designed by eminent golf architects.
In addition to all the adventure in the region, enjoy Lake Placid's fabulous restaurants, shops, spas, hotels and more.
Lake Placid, New York Trivia
Q.When was the first golf course in built in Lake Placid?
A.1898. It was one of the first golf courses ever to be built in the United States.