Lake Placid, New York

Wooden cabins around Lake Placid, NY, USA in early morning

Lake Placid, in the Adirondacks of upstate New York, is well known for snow sports and for hosting the Winter Olympics, but it’s also an ideal vacation spot in summer. Hiking trails, beaches, biking, and relaxing with a book are favorite warm weather activities. Farmers’ markets bring a bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables (summer corn!) each week, and those in the know look for sour cherries during July’s short season. The “I Love New York” Horse Show from July 1-7 is the second of two prestigious equine events in Lake Placid, featuring world class riders in a hunter and jumper competition. Independence Day is celebrated with a parade through downtown, live entertainment at Mid’s Park, and fireworks set to music. The “I Love BBQ Festival” follows from July 5-7, attracting the best competitors in the country. Food, entertainment, and children’s activities make this a most enjoyable annual charity event. Of course, water sports like water skiing, wakeboarding, and boating are popular. Lodging includes campgrounds, cottages, bed and breakfasts, hotels, and motels. On the luxury end, Whiteface Lodge combines rustic charm with a spa, fitness center, indoor and outdoor heated pools, outdoor hot tubs, movie theater, and children’s programs, and nightly s’mores by the campfire.

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