The Southern region of the Adirondacks is charming but often overlooked due to its glamorous neighbor Lake George. It occupies smaller portions of Hamilton, Fulton, Warren and Saratoga counties, and is home to numerous lakes, ponds and streams as a renowned whitewater rafting and kayaking destination.
Go rafting on the famous Hudson river (considered one of the top 10 whitewater rafting trips in the US) or challenge yourself on wild Sacanadaga river (don’t do it on your own though – pick experienced outfitters). The rafting season in the Adirondacks goes from mid-March thru October, with varying water temperatures, levels, and rapids class (topping class IV-V after the spring thaw, and easing to class II-III by mid-summer).
Leisurely walk, trot or gallop the Adirondack scenic bridle paths on a horseback riding vacation (very much recommended during the fall foliage season – the gentle yet amazing mix of colors and senses will be something to remember).
Visit historic museums of Lake Luzerne – once a fancy summer resort to which Commodore Vanderbilt kept returning for years. Lake Luzerne’s first pulp mill – converted into the Pulp Mill Museum – still has original machinery dating back to 1869.