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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

Courtyard by Marriott Lake George
Courtyard by Marriott Lake George
3 out of 5
365 Canada Street, Lake George, NY
The price is Rs8,911 per night from 27 Apr to 28 Apr
Situated in a state park, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Shepard's Beach Park.
4.7/5Exceptional! (756 reviews)
"Awesome place. Very friendly and clean. Will definitely be back this summer for a longer stay."

Reviewed on 19 Apr 2021

Courtyard by Marriott Lake George
Hampton Inn & Suites Lake George
Hampton Inn & Suites Lake George
2.5 out of 5
2133 Route 9, Lake George, NY
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs8,012 per night from 22 Apr to 23 Apr
This family-friendly Lake George hotel is located in the mountains, within a 10-minute walk of Lake George Forum and Goony Golf. Dino Roar Valley and Million ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (984 reviews)
"Beds and free showtime rooms are small"

Reviewed on 19 Apr 2021

Hampton Inn & Suites Lake George
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Lake George (Queensbury), NY
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Lake George (Queensbury), NY
3 out of 5
1130 Route 9, Queensbury, NY
The price is Rs6,620 per night from 27 Apr to 28 Apr
Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pirates Cove Adventure Golf and Great Escape and Splashwater Kingdom. Outlets ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (976 reviews)
Good work
"Excellent"

Reviewed on 19 Apr 2021

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Lake George (Queensbury), NY
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.
Lake George Escape - Campground
Lake George Escape - Campground
2 out of 5
175 East Schroon River Rd, Diamond Point, NY
Situated in Diamond Point, this campsite is within 9 mi (15 km) of Shepard's Beach Park, Lake George Shoreline Cruises and Fort William Henry. Lake George Steamboat ...
4.1/5Very Good! (88 reviews)
"They are very good at balancing practicing social distancing and still making their amenities available to those staying in the campgrounds."

Reviewed on 10 Sep 2020

Lake George Escape - Campground
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 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (44 reviews)
Everyone was friendly and helpful.
"I am a neat freak and cleanest means everything to me. I thought they keep cabins clean but could vacuum under beds a bit and it is not an updated mattress or bedding but I would stay here again."

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2020

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 condominium resort is within a 15-minute walk of Lake George and Hearthstone Point Campground. Shepard's Beach Park and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (24 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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24 Oct 2019

We found a very unusual cafe for breakfast which had memorabilia from the 1940 & good food.

5/5 - Excellent

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16 Oct 2019

Two good short hikes, one to Pilot Knob, steep but doable for an eighty year old, and also Pinnacle Outlook an easy/moderate claim

4/5 - Good

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13 Oct 2019

Area is beautiful. Town was disappointing, lot of the shops were closed and those that were open just sold touristy items. Drove along the lake to Bolton Landings which was a very cute little town.

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