Lake Placid is a village in northern New York. It is a resort town of sorts, and a very popular weekend getaway for New Englander’s and New York residents. Best known as the host of the 1980 Olympics (in particular the “Miracle on Ice” hockey game), Lake Placid is a quiet, outdoorsy place situated in the heart of Adirondack National Park, home to ... Read more
thousand-foot peaks and numerous freshwater bodies. Hiking, swimming , biking and boating are all, for obvious reasons, very popular. Most visitors to the area focus on outdoor activities and the villagers know it, so the downtown is mostly shopping and dining rather than specific attractions.
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Lake Placid is a beautiful destination for anyone who enjoys winter sports or hiking!

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Lake Placid is a village near the lake of the same name but the village is actually located on Mirror Lake. It's known as a Winter Olympics venue and a hub for snow sports and other outdoor pursuits. In the center of town Mirror Lake has a trail around the shoreline for walkers. The Lake Placid Olympic Museum exhibits artifacts including team uniforms and medals. The Historical Society Depot Museum is in the old train station. Shopping opportunities and fine dining available.

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Queensbury, New York State

Beautiful Lake Placid home of the Winter Olympics! Ski Whiteface Mountain, take a dog sled ride, cruise down the toboggan, shop, fine dine, great day trip. About an hour and twenty minutes from my home.

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Vaudreuil, Canada

This upscale town is home to a winter Olympic site which is still active in the winter. The town is full of shops, art galleries, and restaurants. It is about a 50 minute drive from our house.

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Lenoir City, Tennessee

Full of History and excitement. Good restaurants and shopping for all. We never miss the opportunity to stop at the Cottage Restaurant on MIrror Lake to have Bloody Mary's. Preferably while sitting on the deck!

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South Hero, Vermont, USA

Home of the "Do you believe in miracles?", 1980 Winter Olympics. A quaint and beautiful village plus sign up to take the bobsled ride! You'll need to take the North Hero ferry to Plattsburgh, New York

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San Francisco, California, USA

Whether it's summer or winter, Lake Placid is a fantastic place to go anytime of the year. I grew up in Upstate New York and was a competitive figure skater as a kid, so we'd often head up to Lake Placid for the Empire State games and other skating events throughout the year. Test your nerves of steel giving the the Lake Placid Bobsled Experience a whirl or check out one of the many ice skating rinks at the olympic complex. For the Adventure Traveler and Outdoor Enthusiast, Lake Placid is a spectacular spot!

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New Haven, Vermont

Year-round resort with upscale shopping, fine restaurants and Olympic Village. 30 minute drive.

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Watertown, New York State

Take a trip to Lake Placid for the day, weather it is to do a wine tour, go to the micro brewery, shop the streets of Lake Placid, or better yet to visit the Olympic Center, the site of 2 of the Winter Olympic Games.

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New York City, New York State, USA

The Adirondack Mountains are famed for their fall colors, and T+L readers gave Lake Placid the silver medal for autumn foliage. Red and silver maples, birch, aspen, oaks, and beech trees stretch out along the Olympic Trail scenic byway (which runs through Lake Placid), providing a striking show of color for its 170 miles. Or take the Fall Foliage Train tour on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. Prime viewing time tends to be in early to mid-October, which conveniently coincides with the Lake Placid Brewfest.

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