Adirondacks, New York

All the best things come from nature.

This is something I have grown to become a firm believer in – from the natural food we put in our bodies to the exciting adventures we take hiking up wooded mountains. So when it was time to plan a short road trip for a weeklong family vacation, the words that popped into my head were “new” and “nature.”

With these simple one-word guidelines in mind, and hours of research, Lake George, New York became the destination. The road trip would only be about five hours, and the Adirondacks are known for being a sweet outdoor getaway spot. With the only familiar place in New York being the city, Lake George was both new and in nature.  So I booked a place to stay, my family packed up my dad’s newly purchased Toyota 4Runner and we christened it with its first family road trip on one of the most beautiful, cloudless days in July.

Lake George, 2015

For the next five days, we drove, hiked, strolled, shopped and ferried through sections of Adirondack Park. If you dig scenic drives and relaxing boat rides, Lake George is high on my recommendation list. It is a popular vacation spot, so if you want to get away from the touristy village, Ticonderoga is a prime location for a quiet day trip. Get your history fix in at Fort Ticonderoga, where actors dress in uniforms to match the fort’s American Revolution history. Or you can hike or drive up Mount Defiance. Make it to the lookout and you can see New York, Vermont or Canada depending on which way you turn your head.

Fort Ticonderoga, 2015

If you’re not interested in shopping in Lake George Village or at the dozens of outlets nearby, visit High Falls Gorge in Wilmington for a short hike along some Adirondack waterfalls. It's an hour and a half north of Lake George and both the visit and drive can be done in a morning.

High Falls Gorge, 2015

All in all, if you have a job in the city or you don’t find yourself outside enough, consider going to upstate New York for a change of pace. With the refreshing water of the lakes, the beautiful views of mountains and the scent of pine in the air, I still have no doubt in my mind that the best things truly come from nature. 

Lake George, 2015

Views from Mount Defiance, 2015

Views from Mount Defiance, 2015

Views from Mount Defiance, 2015

Fort Ticonderoga, 2015

Abandoned cabin in King's Garden at Fort Ticonderoga, 2015

High Falls Gorge, 2015

High Falls Gorge, 2015

High Falls Gorge, 2015

High Falls Gorge, 2015

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