Take the New York State Thruway (I-87) north, connecting with the Adirondack Northway at Exit 24 in Albany (this is still I-87). Follow the Northway to Exit 30, turning left off the ramp onto NYS Route 9 north. Follow Route 9 for two miles to the aptly named “Malfunction Junction” (yeah, it’s kinda confusing – that name is well-earned, though, especially at night) where you turn left – well, a tiny left, then straight – onto NYS Route 73. If you see signs for New Russia, turn around and make a hard right onto Route 73 to get yourself back on track.
You’re now on the easy part of the route with spectacular views and no confusing turns! Continue on Route 73 for twenty-eight miles to the Village of Lake Placid. You’ll know you’ve arrived in Lake Placid when you see the ski jumps on the left and the Horse Show Grounds on your right. Google says the total drive time from NYC is 5 hrs and from Albany 2.5 hours. If you’re traveling peak hours, expect more of a time investment.