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Fall colors

Fall colors

LAKE PLACID – Once we clear Labor Day (Sept. 2), all eyes in the Adirondacks turn to the tree tops, anticipating the annual foliage change to fall colors. That transformation in the Northern Adirondacks has fall colors approaching earlier than in other parts of the Northeast. As a result, the autumn palette reaches peak colors by mid-October.

In Lake Placid, the orange-red-yellow of fall is right outside everyone’s door. Whereas, many foliage enthusiasts must drive distances to see the change, once you are here, you are surrounded. Hikers, bikers, runners and golfers are among the many who can enjoy their activity in the midst of the fall colors. If you wish, you may even hire a local guide who will take you on tours of the fall colors. Our front desk staff can connect you.

Fall colors

The view from the Cloudsplitter Gondola during Oktoberfest

If you visit during our fall festival season, including the Whiteface Mountain Oktoberfest, the related activities are bolstered by sensational fall colors. It’s been said that the colors are enhanced the further you drain a weissbier.

If you hike any of our 46 Adirondack High Peaks, you will wind your way through the fall colors, while golfers at our sister property, the Whiteface Club and Resort, will be thoroughly distracted by the change that marks the conclusion of our golf season. A round of golf does afford one the opportunity to absorb the scenery in a leisurely 4 hours.

Other ways to achieve the same effect are to drive to the summit of the Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway, ride the Cloudsplitter Gondola at the nearby ski and ride center and take the elevator to the top of the 120 meter ski jump tower in Lake Placid.

No matter how you wish to take in this scenery, make sure your phone and camera are fully charged.

Photo courtesy Whiteface Mountain/ORDA

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