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Lake Placid
Travel Guide

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.

Top hotels in Lake Placid

Crowne Plaza Lake Placid
Crowne Plaza Lake Placid
3.5 out of 5
101 Olympic Dr, Lake Placid, NY
The price is £92 per night from 21 Mar to 22 Mar

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! (1,019 reviews)

"Great location, easy walk to downtown. Staff was very helpful and friendly. It is too bad that preface wasn't included in the stay."…"

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2021

Crowne Plaza Lake Placid
High Peaks Resort
High Peaks Resort
4 out of 5
2384 Saranac Ave, Lake Placid, NY
The price is £112 per night from 8 Mar to 9 Mar

Conveniently located near the ski slopes, this Lake Placid hotel is in the mountains, within 2 mi (3 km) of Olympic Center and Mirror Lake, and close to winter ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (983 reviews)

"Great location !! Walking distance to town and restaurants!"…"

Reviewed on 25 Feb 2021

High Peaks Resort
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 £89 per night from 8 Mar to 9 Mar

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! (986 reviews)

"Same pro/cons with any property when booking through Expedia... you get a fair price, but it ties the hands of staff when you need service like changing a booking or receiving loyalty pointes, etc."…"

Reviewed on 27 Feb 2021

Hampton Inn & Suites Lake Placid, NY
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Top Holiday Rentals in Lake Placid

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 miles (5 km) of Olympic Center and Mirror ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (125 reviews)

"Very clean and up to date amenities. Friendly and efficient staff."…"

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2021

Lake Placid Inn: Residences
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 away from Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum and Olympic Center. Mirror Lake is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (51 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 29 Nov 2020

Lake Placid Inn Main Street
The Wilderness Inn
The Wilderness Inn
3 out of 5
5481 NY-86, Wilmington, NY
The price is £107 per night from 14 Mar to 15 Mar

Situated in the mountains, this chalet is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Wilmington Town Beach and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Whiteface Mountain. UVM High Peaks Health Center and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (19 reviews)

"I loved this place. Here is what I was hoping for - a small cabin with a fireplace near whiteface - which is exactly what it is. Less than 3 miles from the mountain. The cabin accommodations are comfortable and the owners were great. We will be back."…"

Reviewed on 7 Jan 2021

The Wilderness Inn
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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