A land of dramatic, craggy peaks, crystal-clear alpine lakes, and gorgeous vistas round every turn, the Adirondacks region of upstate New York is a must-see for newlyweds who love the great outdoors. This area has long been recognized as a natural paradise, with over 6 million acres preserved as a national park in the 1800’s. Today, it’s the largest publicly protected area in the continental US. Because of this, the Adirondacks region has retained much of its characteristic wild, rugged charm.
There is an activity for every couple up in these mountains. Adventure junkies may find themselves white-water rafting in a gushing gorge or taking a spin in a Lake Placid bobsled. Sports enthusiasts enjoy numerous opportunities for climbing, skiing, and mountain biking in the high peaks. Pleasure seekers will delight in the numerous micro-breweries, wineries, cideries and distilleries that welcome visitors. And for those who prefer a slower pace of life, fishing, hiking, snowshoeing, and bird-watching opportunities abound.
In between activities, visitors adore the quaint, rustic charm of the mountain villages that speckle the area. These scenic towns are home to pretty bed & breakfasts and luxe lodges perfect for a romantic retreat. Follow up a day of adventure in the great outdoors with a spa treatment, bubble bath, and a warm seat by the fire. Drift to sleep gazing at the spectacular blanket of stars that can only be seen in this rugged neck of the woods.
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The Best Parts of Adirondacks
- LAKE PLACID BOBSLED EXPERIENCE. As the home of two Winter Olympic Games and the base of Whiteface ski mountain, Lake Placid is a hub for winter sports enthusiasts. At the Bobsled Experience, you'll get the chance to take an exhilarating downhill bobsled run in the town’s Olympic Sports Complex. This not-to-be-missed experience is an all-season activity: the bobsleds use runners in the winter and wheels in the summertime.
- LAKE GEORGE. Thomas Jefferson once described Lake George as “without comparison, the most beautiful water I ever saw.” This pristine lake in the southern Adirondacks stretches 32 miles long and is home to two historic forts and plenty of family-friendly recreation, including New York’s largest amusement park.
- AUSABLE CHASM. This pretty sandstone gorge begins at Rainbow Falls and empties into the stunning Lake Champlain. Visitors can go rafting and tubing in the rapids or enjoy a peaceful stroll on a walkway built into the side of the chasm. Rock climbing, disc golf, and mountain biking are also available.
- ST. LAWRENCE RIVER. There’s plenty of adventure to be had where the Adirondacks region meets the historic St. Lawrence river. Newlyweds can dive sunken shipwrecks, cruise around in the Thousand Islands archipelago, visit the Scottish-inspired Singer Castle, and explore the Akwesasne Cultural Center (part of the Mohawk Nation).