Sample Itineraries

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SUMMER ITINERARY:

Summer in the Whiteface Region is best experienced outside - whether it's hiking, biking, paddling or simply taking a leisurely walk on a quiet Adirondack road. Bring your gear and hit the trail - there is no shortage of terrain to cover.

DAY 1: EXPLORE THE WILD FOREST FLUME TRAIL SYSTEM.

Bring your bike or hiking boots and discover the Wild Forest Flume Trail System. Comprised of approximately 10.5 miles of wooded trails, the area is ideal for mountain biking, hiking and scenic wilderness walks. The trail head is in the town of Wilmington, N.Y., 2 miles south of the village center (4 corners) on state route 86.

Drive to the top of Whiteface Mountain.Follow the Veteran's Memorial Highway 4,867 feet to the summit of New York's fifth highest peak - and the only one with road access to the top. Five miles from the start of the paved toll road, you will see an unrivaled 360-degree panoramic view of the Adirondack Mountains, spanning hundreds of square miles and extending to Vermont and Canada.

At the top, there is also a castle built from native stone, a restaurant and gift shop and an elevator carved deep inside the mountain top. During the ascent, consider pulling off at one of the many scenic lookouts for photo opportunities or an afternoon picnic!

DAY 2: HEAD TO AUSABLE CHASM.

Visit the oldest natural attraction in the USA for an exceptional outdoor adventure for the whole family. Ausable Chasm is a uniquely-carved, vertical-walled canyon made of 500 million year old rock and has been a popular summer destination since 1870.

Explore the miles of maintained paths and walk the entire rim of the chasm. Take in the incredible views of the towering cliffs and natural forest landscape from scenic overlooks, bridges, walkways, and lookouts. From above, you can watch the rafts and tubes maneuvering down the river.

Opt for the Classic Tour and descend 150 feet into the depths of the chasm to walk the natural stone walkways. While inside, ride the legendary Ausable River with your family in a river raft or choose an inner tube for an unforgettable adventure.

Ausable Chasm offers walking tours, rafting or tubing adventures, lantern tours, mountain biking, golf, mining and guided tours. Stop in the gift shop on your way out and bring home a souvenir.

VISIT THE NORTH POLE AND SANTA'S WORKSHOP.

For some fairytale fun, don't miss Santa's Workshop - one of the oldest theme parks in the United States. The timeless fantasy village located in North Pole, NY, has been a family tradition since 1949, offering visitors the opportunity to meet and mingle with beloved fairytale and storybook characters.

Attractions include the Workshop Village, where Santa, his busy elves and reindeer live, in addition to the toy makers shop, the glass blowers shop, a small animal nursery and various shops. The theme park also features several rides including the Candy Cane Express locomotive, the Christmas Carousel, Santa's Sleigh Coaster and a Ferris Wheel, among others.

WINTER ITINERARY:

When winter arrives in the Whiteface Region, being close to the action takes on a whole new meaning. Outdoor activities abound - from skiing and riding Whiteface Mountain, to snowshoeing backcountry trails, to cross country skiing and ice climbing, there is no shortage of Adirondack Mountain adventures.

Day 1: Ski or Snowboard Whiteface Mountain:

Whiteface is the fifth highest peak in the Adirondacks and boasts a vertical drop of 3,430 feet - the greatest of any ski area in the east. The mountain offers 283 skiable acres and 86 trails, serviced by 11 lifts and features a variety of beginner-to-expert terrain for skiers and riders of all abilities. There is a terrain park, a beginner area, 53 acres of tree skiing and 35 acres of in-bounds, off-piste double-black diamond wilderness terrain skiing on "The Slides" (conditions permitting). Take a lesson from one of the area's instructors, have an après-ski meal at one of the restaurants, or stand at the summit and enjoy the incredible panoramic views.

Attend a Sporting Event:

Whiteface Mountain plays host to a variety of athletic events throughout the winter season. From world-cup freestyle events, to an elite ski race, to a snowboarding competition, there are adrenaline-pumping sporting events all winter long. When warmer weather rolls in, don't miss spring events including Mardi Gras, St. Patty's Day and a variety of other themed-weekends that feature live music, food and drink specials, giveaways, and fun activities for kids.

Day 2: Visit High Falls Gorge:

Explore the gorge on groomed paths, steel bridges and walkways for views of the spectacular ice formations on seven hundred feet of frozen waterfalls. The self-guided tour takes about 45 minutes and covers a half mile. The trail is cleared daily, easy to use ice cleats are provided and the bridges and walkways have 4 foot fencing for your safety. For an added adventure, try snowshoeing on the one mile, beginner/intermediate snowshoe trail (snowshoes are available for rent). After a day of snowy excursions, enjoy roasting marshmallows over a warm campfire and complimentary hot beverages!

Explore the Wild Forest Flume Trail System:

Strap on snowshoes or cross country skis and hit the trail. The Flume system offers easy-to-hard terrain and nearly 10 miles of trails to explore. The trails can be accessed via the Flume Trailhead, located approximately 2 miles south of the village center on State Route 86, or the Bear Den Trailhead at Whiteface Mountain Ski Area.

Autumn ITINERARY:

Fall in the Whiteface Region is best spent taking in the incredible fall foliage and fresh air. Opt for a scenic drive through the countryside, a walk through the woods, climb one of the Adirondack High Peaks or go for a ride in Wilmington, - The Biking Capital of the Adirondacks. Whatever activity you choose, the landscape will not disappoint.

DAY 1: RIDE THE GONDOLA TO THE TOP OF WHITEFACE.

If it's a clear day, take the Cloudsplitter gondola from the base of Whiteface Mountain to the top. As you ascend, turn around and look at the sun shining through the mountains behind you. When you reach the summit of Little Whiteface, head for the scenic lookout - from there you'll have views of Lake Placid and the surrounding High Peaks. As you're viewing the beautiful terrain, take satisfaction in knowing that the bigger the mountain, the better the canvas - and these are New York's tallest!

VISIT THE NORTH POLE & SANTA'S WORKSHOP.

Next stop at Santa's Workshop - one of the oldest theme parks in the United States - off of the Veteran's Memorial Highway. The timeless fantasy village, located in North Pole, NY, has been a family tradition since 1949, offering visitors the opportunity to meet and mingle with beloved fairytale and storybook characters. During the fall, visitors can meet Santa, his busy elves and live reindeer!

In addition families can explore the toy makers shop, the glass blowers shop, and a small animal nursery, among other shops. The theme park also features several rides including the Candy Cane Express locomotive, the Christmas Carousel, Santa's Sleigh Coaster and a Ferris Wheel.

DAY 2: GO FLY FISHING:

It's no secret that the Whiteface Region is home to some of the best fly fishing in North America. Every year, anglers from around the world come to test their skills in the region's famous rivers and streams.

Whatever you do, don't miss the West branch of the Ausable River - you will find 6.5 miles of designated catch and release waters. Bring your fly fishing gear and navigate the rivers' flowing channels, thundering falls and deep pools. If you're a novice, consider hiring a licensed Adirondack guide to show you the secret stashes!

DISCOVER AUSABLE CHASM.

Visit the oldest natural attraction in the USA for an exceptional outdoor autumn adventure for the whole family. Ausable Chasm is a uniquely-carved, vertical-walled canyon made of 500 million year old rock and has been a popular summer destination since 1870.

Explore the miles of maintained paths and walk the entire rim of the chasm. Take in the incredible fall foliage and views of the towering cliffs and natural forest landscape from scenic overlooks, bridges, walkways, and lookouts. From above, you can watch the rafts and tubes maneuvering down the river.

Opt for the Classic Tour and descend 150 feet into the depths of the chasm to walk the natural stone walkways. While inside, ride the legendary Ausable River with your family in a river raft or choose an inner tube for an unforgettable adventure.

Ausable Chasm offers walking tours, rafting or tubing adventures, lantern tours, mountain biking, golf, mining and guided tours. 

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