adirondacks2.jpgADIRONDACK REGION, NY May 6, 2009 - What do Mt. Kilimanjaro, Angkor Wat and the Adirondacks all have in common? They've been named to USA Today's list of  "Top 10 Great Places on Earth You Don't Want to Miss.""To be recognized by USA Today is a great honor. For those of us who live and work in the Adirondack Region, well, we know this is a great place, and we would like to share this amazing natural resource," said Ron Ofner, executive director of the Adirondack Regional Tourism Council. The Adirondack Park, a six-million acre wilderness, was established in 1892 as a "Forever Wild" publicly protected area. It is the largest State Park in the contiguous United States, and the largest wilderness area protected by any of the U.S. states. Holly Hughes, author of the new Frommer's 500 Places to See Before They Disappear, shared some of her destinations with Tim Smight for USA TODAY. Hughes noted that  the Adirondacks continue to be a wild place with thousands of lakes and ponds and countless miles of rivers and streams. Hughes added that "much of the park's heart has been kept inaccessible to vehicles, preserving a slice of wilderness. The best way to appreciate it is to canoe through its quiet rivers and forested lakes. You'll see white-tailed deer, beaver, and, if you're lucky, you may spy a red fox or even a moose." About the Adirondack Region The Adirondack Park, named for the Adirondack Mountains that lie within its boundary, offers some of the best opportunities in the United States for both recreation and relaxation in a superb natural setting. The Park is larger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier, Grand Canyon and Great Smokies combined. Its six-million-acre wilderness areas are an outdoor-lover's paradise and the Adirondack Regional Tourism Council can provide information about planning a vacation in the region. Call 800-487-6867 or log onto for videos, package listings, events, activities, restaurants, lodging and maps.


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