Lake George, NY

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Lake George showing forests, fall colors and vehicle touring

 With its pristine water, wooded shoreline and more than 300 islands, this New York destination earns its nickname, the “Queen of American Lakes.”

Lake George is tucked into the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. It pairs natural beauty with a resort-style atmosphere, earning its nickname, the “Queen of American Lakes.”

The region is best explored by car along the lakefront U.S. Route 9. Getting around the village of Lake George is easy with the comprehensive trolley system.

Hotels and bed-and-breakfasts abound throughout the area. Camping is also a popular activity; find tent and RV sites at Lake George Battleground, Hearthstone Point and Thornwood.

Cool off during the summer at Six Flags Great Escape, an amusement and water park. If you’re looking for a more rustic adventure, whitewater raft down the Hudson River Gorge.

Relax for the afternoon at Million Dollar Beach or enjoy live entertainment at Shepard’s Park Beach. Savor lunch with a view aboard one of Lake George’s authentic steamboats and tour the lake in style. Don’t miss the Thursday Firework Cruises during the summer. If you want to be your own captain, rent a canoe or sailboat. You can also see Lake George from above when you take one of the region’s popular hot air balloon rides.

Set aside a rainy day for an afternoon full of scares, courtesy of the House of Frankenstein Wax Museum. Explore the village’s quaint shops and surrounding outlet malls. Satisfy your palate at one of Lake George’s many restaurants or go wine tasting at the vineyards scattered throughout the region.

Outdoor activities abound all year long, with the 32-mile (51-kilometer) long lake serving as a focal point. Go tubing, swimming and sailing in summer, canoe or kayak in autumn, and ice skate or cross-country ski in winter. Prolong the snowy fun and enjoy fresh powder at nearby Gore Mountain or West Mountain. Hiking trails surround the village; one of the most popular hikes is the climb up Buck Mountain to enjoy panoramic views of the region.

Visitors can fly into Albany International Airport, which is located 70 miles (114 kilometers) from Lake George. The village is easily accessible via Interstate 87.

Hampton Inn & Suites Lake George
Hampton Inn & Suites Lake George
2.5 out of 5
2133 Route 9, Lake George, NY
The price is $92 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 3
This family-friendly Lake George hotel is located in the mountains, within 1 mi (2 km) of Fort William Henry, Million Dollar Beach, and Lake George Steamboat ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (984 reviews)
"very nice"

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2021

Hampton Inn & Suites Lake George
Surfside On The Lake
Surfside On The Lake
2.5 out of 5
400 Canada Street, Lake George, NY
The price is $106 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 3
Located in Lake George, this beachfront hotel is in a national park and within a 10-minute walk of Lake George and Adirondack Winery. Lake George Shoreline Cruises ...
3.6/5 Good! (239 reviews)
"The property location is good enough. However, you may expect a hidden charge (I paid an additional $30 when I checked in) and also a different room (not your original booked one). The receptionist said this happened due to your booking through Expedia."

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2021

Surfside On The Lake
Courtyard by Marriott Lake George
Courtyard by Marriott Lake George
3 out of 5
365 Canada Street, Lake George, NY
The price is $119 per night from Nov 28 to Nov 28
Situated in a state park, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Shepard's Beach Park.
4.7/5 Exceptional! (890 reviews)
"The view from the balcony is spectacular. The room was spacious. Restaurant and bar in the hotel was very convenient but there are lots of dining options within walking distance as well as night time entertainment."

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2021

Courtyard by Marriott Lake George
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Sun Castle Resort
Sun Castle Resort
3.5 out of 5
3178 Lake Shore Dr, Lake George, NY
The price is $375 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 29
Nestled on the beach, this Lake George aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lake George and Hearthstone Point Campground. Shepard's Beach Park and Adirondack ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (25 reviews)
"Awesome place.. the location is perfect, we had a great time."

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2020

Sun Castle Resort
Lake George Bear's Den
Lake George Bear's Den
2.5 out of 5
3243 Lake Shore Drive, Lake George, NY
Situated in Lake George, this cabin is within a 10-minute walk of Hearthstone Point Campground and Lake George. Adirondack Winery and Shepard's Beach Park are ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (56 reviews)
"The cabin was clean and equipped with all our needs. The owners are so nice, cheery and accommodating. I enjoyed my stay."

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2021

Lake George Bear's Den
Glamping Tents at Roaring Brook Ranch Resort - Tent #6
Glamping Tents at Roaring Brook Ranch Resort - Tent #6
Lake George, NY
Situated on a lake, this aparthotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Goony Golf and within 3 mi (5 km) of Lake George Forum and Lake George Battlefield Park. Dino Roar ...
Glamping Tents at Roaring Brook Ranch Resort - Tent #6
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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