The World’s Most Beautiful Winter Wonderland

“This Upstate New York Village Was Just Named The World’s Most Beautiful Winter Wonderland” —The Travel

Lake Placid is one of the most established and enjoyable winter playgrounds in the United States, with a walkable downtown where you’re never far from nature. Home to two Winter Olympics games in 1932 and 1980 this alpine village remains a magnet for world-class athletes today.

From skiing and snowboarding on Whiteface Mountain to ice-skating around the scenic Mirror Lake under the watchful gaze of McKenzie Mountain, it’s impossible to be bored in Lake Placid. For those looking for something a bit different, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing trails offer a pleasant alternative to the slopes while also providing panoramic views of the Adirondack Mountains. Back in town, if you want to take a break from the action, there are plenty of places to relax and take in the breathtaking views.

Explore the Area

  • The iconic “Miracle on Ice” took place during the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, when the United States’ men’s ice hockey team made world history by defeating the favored Soviet Union to win gold. This triumph of David over Goliath sent shockwaves across the globe and was an event that captivated sports fans everywhere. Today, the Olympic Center and Museum at Lake Placid is a popular destination to learn about the event, featuring memorabilia from the historic game. Learn all about the victory at the Olympic Center and Museum.
  • The Adirondack Park is larger than the areas of Yellowstone, the Everglades, Glacier, and Grand Canyon National Parks combined. The Adirondack Mountains are filled with natural beauty and offer plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation. From hiking and biking to camping and fishing, there’s an activity for everyone in this 6-million-acre area.
  • If you’re looking for a unique experience, check out one of the Adirondack Great Camps. These rustic yet luxurious retreats were designed to blend in with their natural surroundings and provide an oasis of warmth and charm in the northern wilderness. Many of these structures are still privately owned, but a few are open to the public through professional guided tours.

Ready to experience the Adirondacks for yourself? For more information on what to see, do, eat and explore in New York State’s Adirondack region, visit for a Village Guide.