We'll be in the Albany area for two mid-week nights in early September and are thinking of spending a day driving north of the city. We're considering visiting Saratoga Springs, Ticonderoga, possibly Lake Placid and are interested in areas with nice scenery, small towns, possible shopping. Does anyone have suggestions for a nice route? Is Lake Placid too much to try to do in a day? We can get an early start but will need to be back in Albany by dinner-time. We'll be heading south afterwards, but wanted to get a sample of the area north of Albany during our free day. Thanks in advance for your suggestions.