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City Guide: Lake Placid

A charming Adirondack village and the capital of winter sports in the East

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—which included the dramatic U.S. hockey victory over the Soviet Union, known as “The Miracle on Ice”—this alpine village remains a magnet for world-class athletes today. 

In fact, Lake Placid will host the 2023 FISU World University Winter Games, the largest global winter multi-sports event for student-athletes. Competitions will take place January 12-22, 2023, at Lake Placid’s Olympic facilities including Whiteface Mountain, the Olympic Oval, and the Olympic Jumping Complex

An enchanting place any time of year, Lake Placid also shines in spring, summer, and autumn, with scenic hiking, Main Street shopping and dining, brilliant fall foliage, and easy access to the breathtaking, unspoiled beauty of Adirondack Park—6.1 million acres of trails, rivers, streams, wildlife habitat, and more.

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Fun Facts

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  • The "Miracle on Ice" happened at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics when the underdog US men's ice hockey team won the gold medal in a thrilling win against the Soviet Union. Learn all about the victory at the Olympic Center and Museum.

  • The Adirondack Park's 6-million-acre area is larger than the areas of Yellowstone, the Everglades, Glacier, and Grand Canyon National Parks combined.

  • Adirondack Great Camps (pictured) were designed to blend into their natural surroundings, offering rustic yet luxurious retreats for the Gilded Age elite. Today, they dot the northern landscape, offering windows into the wealth and charm of Adirondack Rustic. Many of these structures are still privately owned, but a few are open to the public through professional guided tours.

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getting there

By Train

Railway access via Amtrak is available from New York City, Albany, and Montreal, with tickets that include a bus ride via Adirondack Trailways from the Saratoga station directly to Lake Placid.

By Plane

There are two regional airports that service the Adirondack Mountains, Adirondack Regional Airport at Lake Clear and Plattsburgh International Airport. Lake Placid is an approximately two-hour drive from Albany International Airport, For more information on flying into airports near Lake Placid, visit LakePlacid.com's transportation page.

By Car

Interstate 87 and 81 make traveling by car easy, quick, and affordable. For more details on reaching Lake Placid from these Interstates, visit LakePlacid.com's directions page. By car, Lake Placid is 2.5 hours from Albany and Montreal, 5 hours from Boston and New York City, and 6 hours from Toronto and Philadelphia.

By Bus

Adirondack Trailways offers service from New York City, Port Authority Terminal, and other New York State locations, with drop-off in the center of Lake Placid and Saranac Lake.

Getting Around

By Bus

Essex County Public Transportation offers service in Lake Placid as part of its Cascade Express Route, which also stops in Elizabethtown, Keene, North Elba, and Saranac Lake. The buses are accessible to persons with disabilities and can be flagged down along the route with a wave of the hand. More information and schedules are available on the Essex County Public Transportation website