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“No place on Earth like it!”

Adirondack Mountains
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Rochester, New York
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“No place on Earth like it!”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

I was up in the Adirondacks again last weekend, and I honestly believe (and will always believe) that this is one of the most beautiful places on this planet. If you have never been there, plan on spending at least a week or more...you will never see it all. The Adirondacks are the largest park in the Continental U.S., (Yellowstone and Yosemite COMBINED fit inside the "Blue Line" of the park. With incredible mountains, pristine waters, and wildlife of all kinds, it is a one-of-a-kind park that will take your breath away with every turn of the road or trail. Climb the mountains, fish the streams, visit the towns and ghost towns, EVERYTHING there is beautiful. It is a "must see" location and should be on everyone's Bucket List.

Visited June 2014
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Glen Head, New York
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264 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 278 helpful votes
“The most beautiful place in NYS”
Reviewed 18 May 2014

I went to the Adirondacks when driving to Vermont. Specifically I went from the NYS thruway exit in Rome, New York up the Central Adirondack Byway to the Adirondack Trail Byway around the lakes region back to the Olympic Byway which I took east to the Adirondack Northway seeing the High Peaks region and Lake Placid regions. This overall region is the most beautiful site in NYS for several reasons I will try to describe below-

The forested taiga scenery is a spectacular sight throughout the Adirondacks, it is an evergreen north star feeling setting, one sees the image here that they have seen in pictures of Alaska or Canada. The mountains themselves feel tall but not in an overwhelming sense, the highest peak is approxiametly a mile high and the high peaks look like great hikes but not in a rock cliffed sense one would get out west in the Rocky Mountains. A traveler really gets the feeling they are high up in New York State away from everything else and that can be a very good thing especially after spending too much time in various other areas of NYS. The mountains are of a round domed shape that one doesn't see anywhere else, that look will reassure people they are in the Adirondacks and no where else.

Overall, The domed continuously green treed mountains are a breath taking view. Between the beautiful forest, the multiple lakes, the elevation rise, the clear skies and great the northern feeling, one will not get the feeling they get in the Adirondacks anywhere else in New York State at least.

Visited April 2014
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Scotia, New York
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“Tahawus Ghost Town, Near Newcomb, NY”
Reviewed 3 February 2014

Off Rt. 28N near the Town of Newcomb, is a dead end road which takes you to the now closed Tahaus Mines (mines not open to the public). Just before reaching the mines site, there is a road to the left taking you to one of the trailheads for Mt. Marcy, the highest mountain in NYS. President Franklin Roosevelt was hiking this mountain when word arrived that President McKinley had died after being shot. Roosevelt quickly descended Marcy and hopped into a waiting horse-drawn wagon and rushed to the train station in North Creek to become President.

The Marcy trail is not for amateurs, however this road takes you past a recently restored smelting blast furnace which was used by the McIntire Mines in the 19th century. Iron ore, among other metals were found there, but iron ore was not available in enough quantities to make it profitable. In the 20th century, large quantities of Titanium was mined at Tahawus. During the early mining years, a small hamlet named Tahawus was begun at what is now the Marcy trailhead. During the early mine years, David Henderson, a principal of the McIntire Company was allegedly a hated overseer who drove the miners hard. One day, as he was on the property, according to official reports, he got off his horse and was at the edge of a small lake and laid his pistol on a rock. The pistol went off and Henderson was killed. The unofficial story is that he was murdered by an irate miner. Legend goes that Henderson is sometimes seen riding his horse.

As mining progressed, the mine owners needed to expand their mining area into the area this hamlet site was on so the entire hamlet was moved, including some dormitory type buildings and a church, to the Town of Newcomb where they still stand. All that remained were some small buildings, some of which have been restored.

If visiting Newcomb, this is a scenic side trip that rambles along the pristine Hudson River which has its source at Lake Tear of the Clouds on Mt. Marcy. I can't promise the ghost horseman will appear but this is a fascinating and beautiful area.

Visited June 2013
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Syracuse
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185 reviews
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“Bald Mountain in Adirondacks is a Must See”
Reviewed 2 October 2013

We took our family for a hike up Bald Mountain on a beautiful sunny fall day. I highly recommend this hike. As an advisory, it was very crowded, however safe. The trail is full of roots and you are hiking much of the time rocks so there are many points where a person can trip and fall. The tower is really cool to climb up. On the crowded day I do believe people were not following the advisory for max number of people but it was ok. We hiked with 3 kids. I caution that kids are tempted to ignore the dangers and run so prepare your children for the hike. Come prepared with first aid kit and water and of course your camera for the great view! It took us 2 hours total with our stops. It may be quicker on less crowded day. Caution, be prepared with shoes for hiking on rocks. Advise your kids to go to the bathroom before in Old Forge as well.

Visited September 2013
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Palm Harbor, Florida
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66 reviews
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“Complete serenity.”
Reviewed 8 August 2013

This is a beautiful place. Slow pace, nice people, perfect lakes. Nowhere to be at any time. Few places are more relaxing. The mountains are gorgeous! Amazing road trip!

Visited July 2013
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