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Lake George

Travel Guide
Lake George showing touring, forests and autumn colours

 With its pristine water, wooded shoreline and more than 300 islands, this New York destination earns its nickname, the “Queen of American Lakes.”

Lake George is tucked into the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. It pairs natural beauty with a resort-style atmosphere, earning its nickname, the “Queen of American Lakes.”

The region is best explored by car along the lakefront U.S. Route 9. Getting around the village of Lake George is easy with the comprehensive trolley system.

Hotels and bed-and-breakfasts abound throughout the area. Camping is also a popular activity; find tent and RV sites at Lake George Battleground, Hearthstone Point and Thornwood.

Cool off during the summer at Six Flags Great Escape, an amusement and water park. If you’re looking for a more rustic adventure, whitewater raft down the Hudson River Gorge.

Relax for the afternoon at Million Dollar Beach or enjoy live entertainment at Shepard’s Park Beach. Savor lunch with a view aboard one of Lake George’s authentic steamboats and tour the lake in style. Don’t miss the Thursday Firework Cruises during the summer. If you want to be your own captain, rent a canoe or sailboat. You can also see Lake George from above when you take one of the region’s popular hot air balloon rides.

Set aside a rainy day for an afternoon full of scares, courtesy of the House of Frankenstein Wax Museum. Explore the village’s quaint shops and surrounding outlet malls. Satisfy your palate at one of Lake George’s many restaurants or go wine tasting at the vineyards scattered throughout the region.

Outdoor activities abound all year long, with the 32-mile (51-kilometer) long lake serving as a focal point. Go tubing, swimming and sailing in summer, canoe or kayak in autumn, and ice skate or cross-country ski in winter. Prolong the snowy fun and enjoy fresh powder at nearby Gore Mountain or West Mountain. Hiking trails surround the village; one of the most popular hikes is the climb up Buck Mountain to enjoy panoramic views of the region.

Visitors can fly into Albany International Airport, which is located 70 miles (114 kilometers) from Lake George. The village is easily accessible via Interstate 87.

Where to stay in Lake George

Roaring Brook Ranch Resort
Roaring Brook Ranch Resort
3 out of 5
Route 9N South, Lake George, NY
The price is Rs5,942 per night from 30 Aug to 30 Aug
Situated in a regional park, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Fort William Henry, Million Dollar Beach and Lake George Dog Beach. Lake George Steamboat Company ...
3.2/5 (580 reviews)
"I like the porch to sit outside. This place is pet friendly and there were a lot of dogs. I am not a pet person and wished they had rooms separate for non-pet folks. I have allergies and had to fabreeze and air out my room as I know there were animals in there."

Reviewed on 4 Aug 2021

Roaring Brook Ranch Resort
Baymont by Wyndham Queensbury / Lake George
Baymont by Wyndham Queensbury / Lake George
2.5 out of 5
1 Abbey Ln, Queensbury, NY
The price is Rs5,990 per night from 29 Aug to 29 Aug
Situated near the beach, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Aviation Mall and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Great Escape and Splashwater Kingdom. Fun Spot and Adventure ...
3.5/5Good! (991 reviews)
"Loved the heated pool. The pool is open 9-9 and very enjoyable. The To-Go breakfast is fine considering we are still in the pandemic. Also, like the location of the hotel as secluded but also close to the highway. Overall, good value fir the fee."

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2021

Baymont by Wyndham Queensbury / Lake George
The Queensbury Hotel
The Queensbury Hotel
3 out of 5
88 Ridge St, Glens Falls, NY
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs12,538 per night from 15 Aug to 15 Aug
Located near the slopes, this Glens Falls hotel is in the city centre, within a 15-minute walk of Cool Insuring Arena and Hyde Collection, and close to winter ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (949 reviews)
"Fantastic!"

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2021

The Queensbury Hotel
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Home2 Suites by Hilton Queensbury Lake George
Home2 Suites by Hilton Queensbury Lake George
2.5 out of 5
524 Aviation Rd, Queensbury, NY
The price is Rs11,302 per night from 29 Aug to 29 Aug
Situated in Queensbury, this aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Aviation Mall and within 3 miles (5 km) of Great Escape and Splashwater Kingdom and Outlets at ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (369 reviews)
"It was new and very clean and all the employees were friendly! Only complaint (and I’m digging here) was I missed the entrance on arrival.. but quickly recovered and came in via the mall area next door. On the other hand, we discovered that we could access the mall without going out onto the busy ..."

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Queensbury Lake George
Lake George Bear's Den
Lake George Bear's Den
2.5 out of 5
3243 Lake Shore Drive, Lake George, NY
Situated in Lake George, this cabin is within a 10-minute walk of Hearthstone Point Campground and Lake George. Adirondack Winery and Shepard's Beach Park are ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (50 reviews)
"My family and I (2 adults, 1 toddler and a dog!) all loved The Bear’s Den! It was absolutely wonderful, the cabins are the perfect size for families and include everything one would need. Everything was very clean along with the pool which was an awesome addition to this place. We will be back ..."

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2021

Lake George Bear's Den
Sun Castle Resort
Sun Castle Resort
3.5 out of 5
3178 Lake Shore Dr, Lake George, NY
Nestled on the beach, this Lake George aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lake George and Hearthstone Point Campground. Shepard's Beach Park and Adirondack ...
4.4/5Excellent! (25 reviews)
"Awesome place.. the location is perfect, we had a great time."

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2020

Sun Castle Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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