Covering a broad swath of New York State, from Albany all the way up to the Canadian border, the Adirondacks feature 46 peaks that reach to elevations higher than 4,000 feet. The mountain range seems to be cast in purple-green in the summer, when intrepid travelers flock there to enjoy broad networks of trails through the thick woods that cover the mountains. Lake Placid and Lake Saranac are excellent for boating, fishing, and water skiing and their banks offer beautiful beaches for residents and visitors. Lucky guests staying at one of the cabins that dot each lake’s shore may enjoy private beaches from which to launch their kayak into the water. This summer, choose to stay beside a sparkling lake or at the base of a verdant mountain to experience the best of the rugged Adirondacks.