Lake Placid, NY

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Lake Placid showing a lake or waterhole
Visit this scenic district of mountains and lakes before reviving the spirit of the Winter Olympics at the bobsled and ski complexes.

Lake Placid attracts travelers with its picturesque terrain comprising mountains, rolling green hills, lakes and ski slopes. It is also well known in the U.S. as the two-time host of the Winter Olympics. The village is nestled between the Adirondack Mountains and the lake after which it was named.

The village was initially established in the 1800s as an iron-mining town. Over time, it attracted the rich and famous to its lakes and luscious green hills in summer months.

Hike to the top of 2,876-foot (877-meter) Mount Jo to enjoy the unforgettable view of Heart Lake. This popular trekking path is relatively easy and offers a panoramic vista of the surrounding woodland and mountains from the summit.

Discover a maze of picturesque hiking paths in the High Peak district, just a short journey from Lake Placid. There, you will encounter the likes of Algonquin Peak and Mount Marcy. There are thousands of lakes, ponds and trails in the area.

Take a canoe or kayak out on Lake Placid. Practice your swing at a golf course with an extraordinary backdrop of mountains. In the city center, select from an eclectic range of upscale restaurants for casual or fine dining.

Snow-covered ski trails made Lake Placid the ideal location to host the Winter Olympics in 1932 and 1980. Recall those famous sports events at the Bobsled and Luge Complex. Enjoy a bobsled ride at thrilling speeds with a professional driver.

Resume the Olympics-themed fun with a stop at the Olympics Ski Jump Complex. Watch fearless ski jumpers launch themselves into the air. Cross the Chubb River to reach the Lake Placid Winter Olympics Museum. See the 1980 hockey arena where the underdog U.S. team defeated the much-favored USSR.

The Canadian metropolis of Montreal is a 2-hour drive north of the village and has an international airport.

Lake Placid is in the heart of vast expanses of stunning mountains and lakes, so you have plenty of outdoor activities to try after visiting the Olympic-themed center.

Where to stay in Lake Placid

High Peaks Resort
High Peaks Resort
4 out of 5
2384 Saranac Ave, Lake Placid, NY, 12946
The price is $129 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12
$129
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Lake Placid. Enjoy free parking, 2 indoor pools, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,000 reviews)
Great location and friendly staff
"This is a nice hotel in a great location. It is right along Main St., with views of the Mirror Lake across the street. Overall our stay was great - staff was friendly, check-in was easy, parking was convenient. Bed was comfy and the bathroom was modern & lovely! However the property itself could ..."

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2022

High Peaks Resort
Crowne Plaza Lake Placid, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Lake Placid, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
101 Olympic Dr, Lake Placid, NY, 12946
The price is $152 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 20
$152
per night
Dec 19 - Dec 20
Stay at this 3.5-star golf hotel in Lake Placid. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,147 reviews)
"very comfortable stay at a very well managed establishment.Staying with two young children who were more excited about the hotel than they were the North Pole."

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2022

Crowne Plaza Lake Placid, an IHG Hotel
Lake Placid Inn Boutique Hotel
Lake Placid Inn Boutique Hotel
3 out of 5
821 Mirror Lake Drive, Lake Placid, NY, 12946
The price is $135 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12
$135
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Lake Placid. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (761 reviews)
"Very clean room and great staff. Highly recommended."

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2022

Lake Placid Inn Boutique Hotel
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.
Nathan’s Abode(Lake Placid Cottage Close to Main Street of Lake Placid)
Nathan’s Abode(Lake Placid Cottage Close to Main Street of Lake Placid)
Lake Placid, NY
Stay at this cottage in Lake Placid. Enjoy onsite parking, a TV, and 2 bedrooms. Popular attractions Olympic Jumping Complex and Lake Placid Adirondack Scenic ...
Nathan’s Abode(Lake Placid Cottage Close to Main Street of Lake Placid)
Lake Placid Inn Main Street
Lake Placid Inn Main Street
2 out of 5
2617 Main St, Lake Placid, NY, 12946
Stay at this apartment in Lake Placid. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the comfy beds in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (93 reviews)
"Right across the street from Olympic arena"

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2022

Lake Placid Inn Main Street
Lake Placid Inn: Residences
Lake Placid Inn: Residences
3 out of 5
2050 Saranac Ave, Lake Placid, NY, 12946
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Lake Placid. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the overall value in our reviews. Popular ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (188 reviews)
"Great place, very clean and completely updated unit. Close to town and hiking. The only inconvenience is that the check in/office is not at the property, but they sent us a reminder about it the day before, so that was great."

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2022

Lake Placid Inn: Residences
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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