At more than six million acres in size and comprising 46 mountains (known as the High Peaks), more than 3,000 lakes and ponds, and dozens of towns and hamlets, the Adirondacks are the largest publicly protected space in the contiguous United States and the largest National Historic Landmark in the country, larger than Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Glacier, and the Great Smokies National Parks combined.
With Lake Placid at its heart (home of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics), outdoor sports and recreation dominate Adirondack activities, and all that movement works up an appetite. Most small towns have at least one restaurant, but the bulk of the area’s must-visit eateries are centered around the Lake Placid and Saranac Lake region. The region’s cuisine could be called “Adirdondack-American” — a locally inspired mashup of New and Old World favorites with a French-Canadian tinge (poutine lovers rejoice). French cafes, all-day breakfast joints, restaurants located at historic inns, there’s a little something for every appetite in the North Country.
Note: Restaurants listed in geographical order, West to East.
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