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Getting There & Away

The area's main airport is in Albany, although Adirondack Regional Airport in Saranac Lake has connections via Cape Air (www.capeair.com) to Boston.

Both Greyhound (www.greyhound.com) and Trailways (www.trailwaysny.com) serve Albany and various towns in the Adirondacks, though a car is essential for exploring widely.

Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) runs from NYC to Albany (from $44, 2½ hours) and on to Ticonderoga ($69, five hours) and Westport ($69, six hours), both on Lake Champlain, with a bus connection to Lake Placid ($94, seven hours).