In case you missed it, Lonely Planet travel guides recently named the Adirondacks as one of its top 2017 Destinations. This isn’t a surprise to us. At 6 million acres, New York’s Adirondack Park is one of the most magnificent conservation success stories in the entire US. The beautiful mountains, lakes and streams span an area larger than Yellowstone, Glacier, Yosemite, Rocky Mountain and Grand Canyon National Parks combined.
The Adirondacks are unique because, within the park’s boundaries, just over half of the land base is privately owned, while the other half is held as Forever Wild Forest Preserve lands for all New Yorkers and visitors to enjoy. With its 48 high peaks, thousands of lakes, rivers and streams, and over 2.5 million acres of public land to explore, there’s really no other place like this east of the Mississippi. And it’s still within 4-5 hours of Boston and New York City.
With its world class waters, beautiful mountains and classic ski towns, the Adirondacks are definitely worthy of their designation as one of Lonely Planet’s top destinations. Fountains Land’s New York broker Todd Waldron is a 5th generation Adirondack native and has a great pulse on the market here and all the benefits the area has to offer. “This is a great place to raise a family, hike the mountains, paddle the ponds, and explore some of the wildest and most scenic backcountry in the eastern US. People come from all over the world to enjoy this place I am lucky enough to call home.”
If you haven’t visited the Adirondacks before, listen to Lonely Planet and make it one of your top destinations for 2017.
Brant Lake is a popular vacation destination near Harris Road Forest.
A northern Adirondack view in autumn from Mud Hill Camp.
Tranquil East Pond is part of the thousands of acres owned and protected by the state.
In the central Adirondacks, this landscape and shimmering lake are part of the Cedarlands Scout Reservation.