Lake George, New York (Begins 210 miles north of New York City)
Beyond all the nonstop, big-time attractions and tourist craziness of Lake George Village at its southern tip, 32-mile-long Lake George is in fact a true Adirondack lake, replete with magnificent mountain scenery.
It’s often the best choice for active families who can then decide how close they want to be to “the action.” The major tourism center is the Village of Lake George at the southern end of the lake, where you’ll find waterfront restaurants with elevated decks, dozens of souvenir shops and arcades, plus Million Dollar Beach, a life-guarded strand with bathhouses and food concessions.
The sky’s the limit for lovers of the outdoors. You can go parasailing over the lake, or hire a water taxi at one of the marinas on Lakeshore Drive, and picnic on a state-owned island. Get a fishing license and drop a line in the early morning at the Steel Pier or in Shepard Park; the latter also is a venue for free concerts on weeknights through Labor Day. History buffs can visit the Fort William Henry Museum, an outpost during the French and Indian War. Just outside the village: horseback-riding, rodeos and white-water rafting on the Hudson or Sacandaga rivers. When you’re hungry, check out George’s Restaurant, a popular steak joint, or, for a panoramic view, try the Shoreline Restaurant or The Boardwalk Restaurant.
WHERE TO STAY: There are scores of lakefront hotels, motels, resorts (including the elegant Sagamore at Bolton Landing and housekeeping cottages from which to choose, with the vast majority of them on the more accessible western side. The Fort William Henry Resort, on a hill overlooking the lake, is one of the better-known lodgings. Hundreds of properties, including hotels, cottages and cabins, line the extensive lakefront.
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