Mount Equinox's Skyline Drive). Trust me: it's worth every penny. Mr. D. was whining and moaning about being awake before noon on a day off from work, but as soon as we started up the mountain, he quietly offered "This is the most beautiful place I've ever been." Mr. D. doesn't stop complaining about being awake over just anything - this is a big deal.
|Whiteface Mountain Castle|
Visitors can park at the castle, which has restrooms (think: camping quality - flooded and smelly. You're not hiking, so stop drinking so much water), a gift shop, and a cafe.
|Summit of Whiteface Mountain|
We never did spot Montreal's buildings (maybe you can), but we did see Lake Champlain, Lake Placid, a wind farm, and lots of beautiful foliage. The summit offers a safer, flatter portion (above), but you can also climb around on the cliff a bit if you're feeling braver. We spent the entire day here and didn't have a chance to explore anything else - High Falls Gorge, Lake Placid's Olympic Center (Lake Placid hosted the games in 1932 and 1980), or even the gondola ride up the mountain via the Whiteface ski resort on the other side of the mountain. We had a wonderful day on the mountain, but this area of the Adirondacks absolutely deserves at least a long weekend visit. The trees were even nicer along the drive from the Thruway to Whiteface and we had a very nice late lunch/early dinner at the ADK Cafe in Keene.
|October 8, 2012: Keene, NY|
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