Experience the shift of air as summer bursts into a colorful array of oranges, purples, and yellows. The Adirondack’s boasts one of the longest fall seasons in the country, providing an incredible getaway for leaf-peepers, hikers, and couples looking to experience the rich history and natural attractions unique to the Adirondacks. Watch the seasons change right before your eyes in Lake Placid.
Changing leaves is a great excuse for a celebration. Grab your sweater and come out to the Olympic Jumping Complex for the annual Flaming Leaves Festival. The two-day festival starts on October 8th with plenty to enjoy. North America’s top ski jumpers will compete and have demonstrations (yes, without snow). They will soar through the air while on the ground you will enjoy live blues bands, barbeque, and brews. Some of the top chefs will grill up and serve up their best barbeque, burgers, and ribs. Save time for a trip to the top of the 120-meter ski jump. A chairlift will get you there so you can enjoy the 360-degree view of mountains turning bright colors.
While the festival celebrates the changing colors, there is nothing like getting up close and personal with the Adirondacks. During your fall foliage exploration, go hiking and submerge yourself in the beauty of the Mountains.
Explore Lake Placid on your own two feet. Take in the autumn hues and hike the Adirondack trail system of over 2,000 miles of adventure. Head a little higher to the 46 High Peaks, most of which are over 4,000 feet. Check out the Peninsula Trails and John Brown Farm, a historic site honoring the abolitionist. With a lot of mountains and trails to choose from, it is no surprise that hiking and climbing are a favorite activity in Lake Placid.
If the hikes seem a little strenuous get in the car and not just the kind with four wheels. Take a ride in one of the gondola cars to the top of Little Whiteface and see the views. It is a leaf-peeping paradise. Go in a train car aboard the Adirondack scenic railroad for a ride of vibrant fall colors or take a drive up the Whiteface Veteran’s Memorial Highway, one of the many Lake Placid scenic drives. Take in the sites as you twist and turn up the summit.
During your leaf-peeping trip make sure to collect leaves of different shapes and colors. It is an excellent way to document your trips along with pictures. Press the leaves into a journal and add your pictures on top to and create a unique scrapbook.
After a day full of adventure come back and relax at Hotel North Woods and warm up in your cozy room or grab a drink at Delta Blue. Hotel North Wood’s offers space and comfort for you to get outside to explore the spectacular fall foliage. All you have to do is grab your sweater and head to Lake Placid. Leaf the rest to us.