1. Lake Placid, New York
Travel time: 5 hours from NYC
Although this village nestled in the Adirondack Mountains is known as a Winter Olympics hub, Lake Placid comes alive during the summer months. It's an adventurer's paradise thanks to a slew of outdoor activities like hiking, rock climbing and camping. But one of the main draws is the fun on Mirror Lake, including kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding. When it comes time to chow down, you can start your day with a hearty breakfast from Dancing Bears Restaurant, enjoy a family-friendly environment on the deck of the Moose House Boat Lodge Restaurant and polish off your daily adventures with a pitstop to Emma's Lake Placid Creamery (a no-brainer). Lodging options like High Peaks Resort (from $179/night) and Golden Arrows Lakeside Resort (from $139/night) have taken extra safety precautions this year. Call the resorts directly to learn more. Visit lakeplacid.com for travel updates.