5 days in Adirondacks Itinerary

5 days in Adirondacks Itinerary

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5 days in Adirondacks Itinerary

Start: Buffalo
Drive:  4 h
Old Forge
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 15 min
Lake Placid
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
Lake George
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
End: Buffalo

Old Forge

Old Forge ©
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. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): look for gifts at Old Forge Hardware.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Old Forge trip maker app .

Buffalo to Old Forge is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in April, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lake Placid.

Things to do in Old Forge

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Old Forge Hardware ©
Old Forge Hardware

Lake Placid

Lake Placid ©
Lake Placid is a village in the Adirondack Mountains in Essex County, New York, United States. On the 25th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Adirondack Wildlife Refuge, take in the awesome beauty at Whiteface Mountain, then stop by Saratoga Olive Oil, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Lake Placid road trip website .

You can drive from Old Forge to Lake Placid in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Old Forge in April, things will get little chillier in Lake Placid: highs are around 49°F and lows about 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Lake George.

Things to do in Lake Placid

Parks Winter Sports Spas

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Whiteface Mountain ©
Whiteface Mountain
Adirondack Wildlife Refuge ©
Adirondack Wildlife Refuge
Saratoga Olive Oil ©
Saratoga Olive Oil

Lake George

Lake George ©
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.
Head to Gunnison Lakeshore Orchards and The Hyde Collection Art Museum and Historic Homefor some retail therapy. Visiting Lake George and Million Dollar Beach will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lake George: Schroon Lake (Paradox Brewery & Schroon Lake Town Beach). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Prospect Mountain, sample the fine beverages at Lake George Distilling Company, tee off at Lumberjack Pass Miniature Golf, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Lake George online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Lake Placid to Lake George in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Lake Placid in April, expect Lake George to be somewhat warmer, temps between 56°F and 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Lake George

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Schroon Lake, The Hyde Collection Art Museum and Historic Home, Gunnison Lakeshore Orchards, Spas
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Prospect Mountain ©
Prospect Mountain
Lake George ©
Lake George
Adirondack Winery ©
Adirondack Winery