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Lake GeorgeUnited States of America

 With its pristine water, wooded shoreline and more than 300 islands, this New York destination earns its nickname, the “Queen of American Lakes.”

Lake George is tucked into the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. It pairs natural beauty with a resort-style atmosphere, earning its nickname, the “Queen of American Lakes.”

The region is best explored by car along the lakefront U.S. Route 9. Getting around the village of Lake George is easy with the comprehensive trolley system.

Hotels and bed-and-breakfasts abound throughout the area. Camping is also a popular activity; find tent and RV sites at Lake George Battleground, Hearthstone Point and Thornwood.

Cool off during the summer at Six Flags Great Escape, an amusement and water park. If you’re looking for a more rustic adventure, whitewater raft down the Hudson River Gorge.

Relax for the afternoon at Million Dollar Beach or enjoy live entertainment at Shepard’s Park Beach. Savor lunch with a view aboard one of Lake George’s authentic steamboats and tour the lake in style. Don’t miss the Thursday Firework Cruises during the summer. If you want to be your own captain, rent a canoe or sailboat. You can also see Lake George from above when you take one of the region’s popular hot air balloon rides.

Set aside a rainy day for an afternoon full of scares, courtesy of the House of Frankenstein Wax Museum. Explore the village’s quaint shops and surrounding outlet malls. Satisfy your palate at one of Lake George’s many restaurants or go wine tasting at the vineyards scattered throughout the region.

Outdoor activities abound all year long, with the 32-mile (51-kilometer) long lake serving as a focal point. Go tubing, swimming and sailing in summer, canoe or kayak in autumn, and ice skate or cross-country ski in winter. Prolong the snowy fun and enjoy fresh powder at nearby Gore Mountain or West Mountain. Hiking trails surround the village; one of the most popular hikes is the climb up Buck Mountain to enjoy panoramic views of the region.

Visitors can fly into Albany International Airport, which is located 70 miles (114 kilometers) from Lake George. The village is easily accessible via Interstate 87.

Where to stay in Lake George

A beautiful surprise between the fort and the mountain.

North Lake George

Unique features of North Lake George include the historic sites and lake views. Make a stop by Star Trek: Original Series Set Tour or Ticonderoga Historical Society while you're exploring the area.

North Lake George

Top Hotels in Lake George

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center
Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center
3 out of 5
48 Canada Street, Lake George, NY
The price is ¥14,534 per night

Situated on the waterfront, this resort is within a 5-minute walk of Fort William Henry Museum and Patriot of Lake George Museum. House of Frankenstein Wax Museum ...

3.6/5Good! (802 reviews)

"What started as a bad experience turned into a great one. We checked into our “premier” room and the toilet didn’t flush and there was no refrigerator, and if you have a toddler, you need a refrigerator. Not to mention there’s no elevator to the 2nd floor of that wing of the hotel so we had to leave ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center
Baymont by Wyndham Queensbury / Lake George
Baymont by Wyndham Queensbury / Lake George
2.5 out of 5
1 Abbey Ln, Queensbury, NY
The price is ¥7,149 per night

Situated near the beach, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Aviation Mall and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Great Escape and Splashwater Kingdom. Fun Spot and Adventure ...

3.6/5Good! (1,089 reviews)

"Nice pool for kids and clean room ."…"

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020

Baymont by Wyndham Queensbury / Lake George
Courtyard by Marriott Lake George
Courtyard by Marriott Lake George
3 out of 5
365 Canada Street, Lake George, NY
The price is ¥17,371 per night

Situated in a state park, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Shepard's Beach Park.

4.7/5Exceptional! (587 reviews)

"We enjoyed our experience at the Marriott Lake George. Taking a few days away during Covid-19 could be stressful felt very comfortable at Marriott. Was a great time, Thank you"…"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

Courtyard by Marriott Lake George

Popular places to visit in Lake George

Gore Mountain Ski Resort
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Gore Mountain Ski Resort

4.5/5(88 reviews)

Hit the slopes at Gore Mountain Ski Resort, a top ski area in North Creek. Stroll along the riverfront or discover the mountain views in this relaxing area.

Fort Ticonderoga
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Fort Ticonderoga

4.5/5(68 reviews)

Strategically located on Lake Champlain, this star-shaped fort has weathered two wars, five battles and helped shape the history of early America. 

Outlets at Lake George
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Outlets at Lake George

4.5/5(475 reviews)

With a visit to Outlets at Lake George, a popular shopping spot in Lake George, you can search for that perfect souvenir. Wander the lakeside or discover the mountain views in this family-friendly area.

Fort William Henry
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Fort William Henry

4/5(289 reviews)

You can find out about the history of Lake George with a trip to Fort William Henry. Stroll along the lakeside or discover the mountain views in this quaint area.

Lake George Dog Beach
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Lake George Dog Beach

4.5/5(112 reviews)

Why not spend a carefree afternoon at Lake George Dog Beach during your travels in Lake George? Amble around this quaint area's lakeside and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Lake George Steamboat Company
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Lake George Steamboat Company

4.5/5(218 reviews)

Explore the waterfront of Lake George Steamboat Company and enjoy other activities such as boating in Lake George. Wander the lakeside or discover the mountain views in this quaint area.

Top things to do in Lake George

Private Luxury Sailing Yacht Tours On Lake Champlain for Up to 5 Passengers
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Private Luxury Sailing Yacht Tours On Lake Champlain for Up to 5 Passengers

¥32,873
Per adult
Two Hour Sunset Sailing Tour for up to Four Adults
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Two Hour Sunset Sailing Tour for up to Four Adults

¥38,352
Per adult

Reviews of Lake George

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

It is just a quaint little town with so much to do! Visit Fort Henry for history, take one of the bi boat excursions, take in the local cuisine, try the local breweries and wineries, (except now during Covid-19), the nightlife is amazing!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 25, 2020

I love it out in lake George one of my favorite most enjoyable places

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 9, 2020

We usually visit in the summer time, but did a ski trip and it was just as much fun.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 9, 2020

There was candy on the floor from the previous people in the room as well as hair in the shower which makes me question how thoroughly the rooms are cleaned. Otherwise it was a nice place to stay

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 24, 2020

Love lake George from their carnivals to their motorcycles and car shows

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 18, 2020

Great all year round.

Cities near Lake George

Ticonderoga featuring heritage elements and a house

Ticonderoga

Saratoga Springs showing railway items

Saratoga Springs