When it comes to selecting the right locale for your foray into the great outdoors, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better candidate than the Adirondacks region of New York, which is not only strikingly beautiful but also boasts a wealth of camping options and opportunities for adventure.
Here’s why the Adirondacks ranks atop our list of the best camping destinations.
Getting there with travel rewards
Burlington International Airport and Albany International Airport will each put you within easy reach of the Adirondacks region, and they both served by a number of major airlines, including American Airlines, Delta, Jet Blue and United.
Delta SkyMiles members can ride their way to a higher mileage balance via the airline’s partnership with Lyft, whereby members earn 1 mile per every $1 spent on Lyft rides taken within the United States and 2 miles per $1 spent on Lyft rides to and from the airport.
Use your Chase credit card to stock up on camping gear through one of the retail partners included in the Chase Shopping Portal and you’ll earn bonus Ultimate Rewards points that can later be redeemed for air travel, hotel stays, car rentals and more.
Camping options galore
The Adirondacks region of New York comprises more than 6 million acres and includes the largest protected natural area in the lower 48 of the United States. The area’s geographic diversity allows for a multitude of camping options, including island camping on one of the trio of Saranac Lakes, Lake Champlain’s Valcour Island, or one of the 44 islands located within Lake George.
Outdoor enthusiasts can also enjoy backcountry camping on the Adirondack Forest Preserve, while those looking for a more luxe experience can indulge in glamping at Posh Primitive or Camp Orenda.
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Camping traditionalists are also in for a treat, as the Adirondacks region boasts thousands of campsites and hundreds of campgrounds, including privately run campgrounds such as Blue Jay Campsite on Big Tupper Lake and state campgrounds such as Limekiln Lake Campground, where campers can set off in canoes to explore the shoreline.
If you’d rather swap a tent for an indoor option, you’ll be pleased to learn that RV parks and hookups abound in the Adirondacks.
Adventure beyond the tent
Take a trip back through time as you explore Ausable Chasm, otherwise known as the “Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks,” where you can combine a hike through a primeval Adirondack forest with a float along the Ausable River.
Sports enthusiasts will get a thrill out of speeding down an Olympic bobsled track and visiting the site of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” hockey game in Lake Placid, while others will be fascinated by the exhibits at Tupper Lake’s Wild Center.
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