New York and Lake Placid
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Feb 13, 2013 8:42 AM Last Post By: susanabh
Jan 21, 2013 5:44 AM
New York and Lake PlacidHello,
I'm quite new to the forum but it seems really useful so here is my question. I am traveling with a friend this summer (around end of July) to the east coast of USA. Our idea is to spend about 5 days in New York and then go on to see a bit of nature and do some trekking and kayaking in any of the natural parks around Vermont or close by. My question is the following: Is Lake Placid easily accessible from New York? we weren't planning on hiring a car if possible as my friend doesn't drive and I am not keen on doing it (although it is a possibility if everything else fails). Where are the best activities to do over there and where is best to stay? We are planning to stay around there for another 5 days and then come back to New York to fly back home. Our budget is not too big but we would be happy to spend between £1000 and £1300 including flights. Maybe some tips about what is the best to do in New York as well would be welcome.
Sorry for the amount of information requested, I realize it's a lot to answer but thanks so much in advance.
Jan 21, 2013 6:02 AM
1Adirondack Trailways links NYC to Lake Placid. The train goes from NYC-Penn Station to Westport, NY and then there is a shuttle bus to Lake Placid. However, once you get to Lake Placid, it will be difficult to do anything without a car, e.g. getting to trailheads for hiking in the mountains. I would recommend contacting the hostels or outfitter agencies in Lake Placid to see if there are any shuttle services from the town to the trails.
Jan 21, 2013 6:44 AM
2Lake Placid is part of the Adirondacks most known for its winter sports opportunities (there's a lot more there, but since it once hosted the winter Olympics, that's what it's known for.)
If you can make your way to something called the Adirondack Loj (short distance from Lake Placid) you'll be able to hike until your legs fall off. Get a book on the Adirondack high peaks and you'll be in hiker heaven.
The Adirondacks are also well known for canoeing and other water-nature-related stuff.
Accommodations range from primitive camping to ridiculously first-class.
The hard-core hiking/backpacking community tells me that Vermont and points north (especially Maine) are even better, but those are folks who carry their tent, their food, their water their sleeping bags etc. on their backs. In the Adirondacks you can stay in some sort of lodge, sit at a table and eat a breakfast someone else cooked for you. Heck, they even wash your dishes!!
Jan 21, 2013 7:20 AM
Jan 22, 2013 2:29 PM
4It's not upstate New York, but if you REALLY want to go car-free, you might want to hop up to Mt. Desert Island and Acadia National Park in Maine. During the summer months there's a free shuttle service that covers the island, and you can rent bikes, so it's an easier place than Lake Placid to be carless. And there's plenty of day-hiking to be had, as well as water activities. You can find more info here and here if you're interested.
Jan 22, 2013 2:39 PM
5Lake Placid is great to visit in the summer .... but without a car its not easy. Plus, while in Lake Placid, without a car you will be pretty limited if you want to explore the area .... which you should. There are some great hikes, including Mount Marcy, the highest point in NY State, but again, getting to the Loj, as mentioned above is difficult.
We did rent bikes one day .... so that could be an option for you.
Accommodation is a little pricey in the area, we have both stayed in a motel, and camped (but brought or own equipment).
Driving from NYC is pretty straight forward and easy .... but rent from outside the city (whiteplains) for much cheaper daily rates. Its a 4-5 hour drive.
The Lake Placid brewery is great for food and drink!
Feb 6, 2013 3:40 AM
6Thanks for all your advice, I haven't looked into any of the information just yet but thanks moongoddess for the advice on Acadia as that was our first choice of national park it only seemed a bit far to get there from new york.
Feb 6, 2013 4:30 AM
7moongoddess, how do you get to Acadia NP without a car? It's a long walk from the Bangor Greyhound Station, isn't it?
susanabh, it's not easy to see much nature in the US withotu a car. From New York you could make day trips by train to the Hudson Valley e.g.Beacon or Cold Spring. There's a kayak rental place at Cold Spring but I don't know how far it is from the station. Or you could rent a car.
Get a guidebook for New York City and refine your question; asking for advice on the best things to do there is a bit broad. But with five days I would try to get out of Manhattan at least once.
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Feb 6, 2013 1:50 PM
12It's not that easy to get to that side of the Hudson from NYC by public transport, Webs. I think the closest you could get to Cornwall (Storm King) would be the Short Line bus to Newburgh, still quite a distance.
The shop is a short walk, but their kayak rentals are in Foundry Cove. -- butthat says it's "just a few steps from the Cold Spring train station."
Feb 13, 2013 8:42 AM
13Hi again, we've abandoned the idea of Lake placid as it was going to be really difficult to get there without a car as you had suggested. We are taking moongoddess' advice and looked into Acadia National park. We will be spending around 3 days in Boston and hoping to get the bus/train to Bar Harbor from there. What is the best route from Boston to Bar Harbor? bus or train or even flight if it's not too pricey? Thanks again guys.
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