Located in Essex County, NY, and smack dab in the middle of the 6.1 million acre Adirondack Park, Lake Placid is one of the oldest vacation destinations in the United States. Made famous in the late 1800s, when the nation’s most wealthy and influential citizens built their Adirondack Great Camps on the shores of Mirror Lake and Placid Lake. These social elite would “vacate” the stifling summer heat of Northeast cities for the cool Adirondack air. Yes, this is the origin of the word – it’s where vacations began.
Lake Placid also has a rich winter sports history that boasts two Winter Olympic Games, but that’s just the beginning. A day in the Adirondacks might include any number of fun activities from world-class skiing to hiking, Ironman training to shopping – or just about any adventure you can dream up. Travelers come to the Adirondacks from all over the world to experience the unforgettable alpine charm of our all-season resort town. An excellent destination for a family vacation or a romantic getaway, with a wide variety of events and activities the hardest part of planning your Lake Placid vacation will be deciding whether to join us for a weekend or a week!