1. For Scenery: Lake Placid
Set against the dreamy backdrop of charming villages and the dramatic Adirondacks, it’s no surprise that the most scenic lake in New York goes to Lake Placid. While taking in all its beauty, enjoy one of the 74 hiking trails, or kick back and relax at the spa at Mirror Lake Inn. Make sure to hit the Lake Placid Olympic Museum, and if you find yourself craving something afterward, grab a bite from Smoke Signals, a scoop from Emma’s Lake Placid Creamery, and a libation from Great Adirondack Brewing Company.