Written by CORY LEE June, 2021
If you are anything like me, you immediately envision skyscrapers, the Statue of Liberty, and maybe even start singing Broadway songs at the top of your lungs when you think of New York. Am I right? Sure, New York City is an incredible destination and it’s typically the first place to come to mind when thinking of New York, but there is actually so much more to the state of New York than just the concrete jungle. There are stunning mountains, accessible outdoor activities, and destinations you’ll never forget (and likely keep returning to) in New York as well. I recently had the chance to learn this on a trip to the Adirondacks in upstate New York.
At over 6 million acres, the Adirondacks are larger than the Great Smoky Mountains, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, and Glacier National Parks combined. While not a national park, Adirondack Park is the largest publicly protected area in the continental U.S. Needless to say, the Adirondacks cover a huge area and you can’t possibly experience all of the sights and attractions within one trip, but I did give it my best attempt on my recent trip.
Over the course of five days, I explored some of the Adirondacks’ best towns, including Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake, and Lake Placid. Whether I was rolling above trees on an accessible path, boating around Lake Placid, traversing wheelchair-friendly trails, or enjoying delicious food and drinks, I had a phenomenal time discovering just how amazing (and how wheelchair accessible) the Adirondacks are. To help you plan your own trip to this magical destination, here is my accessible guide to the Adirondacks, including what to know before you go, things to do once you’re there, places to eat and drink, and where to stay