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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

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
The price is $188 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
Situated in Lake Placid, this golf hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum and Olympic Center. Lake Placid Club Golf Courses and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,116 reviews)
"Outstanding location and view of the lake"

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2021

Crowne Plaza Lake Placid, an IHG Hotel
Hampton Inn & Suites Lake Placid, NY
Hampton Inn & Suites Lake Placid, NY
2.5 out of 5
801 Mirror Lake Dr, Lake Placid, NY
The price is $195 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 23
Offering direct access to the beach, this Lake Placid hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Placid Club Golf Courses and Olympic Center. Mirror Lake is 0.6 ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (980 reviews)
"The hotel and its staff went above and beyond for the guests who stayed there for the Ironman race last weekend. I can't imagine anyplace more convenient to stay and literally can't think of anything the staff could have done to make the guest feel welcome and supported - race participants and family ..."

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Hampton Inn & Suites Lake Placid, NY
Saranac Waterfront Lodge
Saranac Waterfront Lodge
3.5 out of 5
250 Lake Flower Ave, Saranac Lake, NY
The price is $369 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
Located in the heart of Saranac Lake, this lodge is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Lake Flower and within 9 mi (15 km) of Lake Placid Center for the Arts and Olympic Center. ...
4.2/5Excellent! (38 reviews)
"Pluses: Friendly staff, comfy beds, nice decor, beautiful location, plush robe and slippers a nice touch. Minuses: The poorly designed bathroom and shower (way too cramped especially for 2 people) can’t be changed but the cheap tissues and toilet paper need to be upgraded for the price they charge. ..."

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

Saranac Waterfront Lodge
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.
The Wilderness Inn
The Wilderness Inn
3 out of 5
5481 NY-86, Wilmington, NY
The price is $191 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
Situated in the mountains, this chalet is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Ausable River and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Whiteface Mountain. Wilmington Town Beach and UVM High Peaks ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (25 reviews)
"The charming rustic atmosphere and location were great. The cabin was a really cool place to stay."

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2021

The Wilderness Inn
Lake Placid Inn Main Street
Lake Placid Inn Main Street
2 out of 5
2617 Main St, Lake Placid, NY
Situated in the mountains, this apartment building is steps from Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum and Olympic Center. Mirror Lake is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) away.
4.6/5Wonderful! (52 reviews)
"We liked how close it was to the lake and to the main street shopping and dining. A couple of pointers to the hotel, a small coffee table would be nice to have by the sofa to put a coffee or a drink while watching tv. There was no way to dim or turn off the light in the kitchen if we were sitting ..."

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2020

Lake Placid Inn Main Street
Lake Placid Inn: Residences
Lake Placid Inn: Residences
3 out of 5
2050 Saranac Ave, Lake Placid, NY
Situated in the mountains, this apartment building is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Lake Placid Center for the Arts and within 3 mi (5 km) of Olympic Center and Mirror ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (131 reviews)
"Nicely designed. Liked the fire pit and Adirondack chairs, picnic tables for dinner. I enjoyed my stay but more attention is needed for cleaning. Upon arrival my friend ls in another unit and myself found the floors sticky and dirty. Could t walk in bare feet - immediately dirty. Also my shower had ..."

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

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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