There are countless activities to keep you busy on your trip to the Adirondacks. Whether you’re into hiking or boating, museums or spas, the Adirondack Region has you covered. Maybe even too covered. With so many indoor and outdoor activity options, planning your trip may be a bit overwhelming. Luckily, we’ve compiled four of the most essential spots to include in your vacation plans- here are the must-sees.

The Wild Center

The Wild Center is the Adirondacks’ beautiful museum, home to a myriad of hands on exhibits and feature films that will encourage an appreciation for nature in you and your family. Their daily Animal Encounters- close up sessions with native animals like otters and porcupines- will entertain and excite all ages. This museum also takes advantage of the beauty around it with various guided and non-guided trails through nature, and with iForest- the Wild Center’s musical sound-guided trail. But the most breathtaking of these trails is The Wild Walk. This gorgeous path of bridges above the Adirondack treetops is a vital part of any visit. Looking down over New York’s vibrant, green forests is an experience you will never forget.

Summit a Peak

The Adirondacks are home to over forty peaks, each with an amazing hike. In fact, some people even summit all 46!  Few hikes can beat the views found at the top of the Adirondacks. Not a huge hiker? Not to worry! The trails vary from intense hikes to 5000+ feet of elevation, to gentler, handicap friendly options. There is an Adirondack peak for everyone, regardless of age or ability. So bring your family! Everyone will enjoy the natural beauty and gorgeous scenery these peaks offer- it’s worth the walk!

Lake George

Its crystal blue waters surrounded by the emerald peaks of the Adirondacks make Lake George an absolutely unforgettable site. But it’s more than a beautiful view. The Lake George Region offers boating, fishing, hiking, kayaking, shopping, dining, lodging, rafting, even roller coasters! Pretty much anything you could want from your vacation, Lake George can give. No matter what time of year you plan to visit, there will be plenty to keep you busy. Lake George is another super family friendly option- its various indoor and outdoor activities ensure that everyone on your trip will have something they love available. And again, you can’t beat the view!

The Olympic Sports Complex

Always dreamed of being an Olympian? Well now it’s your turn! Visit the home of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics and bobsled down an Olympic track, take a gondola ride through the clouds, mountain bike, hike, tube, or visit the Olympic museum. For the outdoorsy traveler, the Olympic Complex is also located right next to New York’s unbeatable skiing. But if you want a break from the outdoor adventure, take a walk through the lovely Olympic village along the lake. Athlete or not, touring this Olympic center is undoubtedly an amazing experience and one you must include in any visit to Upstate New York. Learn more on their website.

And most importantly, enjoy your trip to one of America’s most gorgeous natural regions!