From Tupper Lake, head east on Route 3 toward Saranac Lake, winding and around scenic lakes and ponds. In Saranac Lake, park and walk along the quaint downtown shopping district offering restaurants, pubs and boutique shops and art galleries.
Continue on Route 86 toward Lake Placid, passing through Ray Brook, home of the Tail O’ The Pup BBQ. In Lake Placid find concert series, outdoor dining and scenic views of Mirror Lake. Shop for souvenirs, clothes, Adirondack furnishings and gourmet food items, or cool off with a treat from Emma’s Lake Placid Creamery or Ben & Jerry’s.
In fall, the mountains are especially colorful, and annual festivals and events celebrate the changing seasons with barbecue, blues and brews.
Continue to Wilmington, home of Whiteface Mountain, incredible fly fishing on the West Branch of the Ausable River and Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole. Don’t miss the drive up the Whiteface Veteran’s Memorial Toll Road, a five mile road that rises more than 2,300 feet into the sky to offer a panoramic view from the top of Whiteface. Enjoy a meal at the Castle Café, shop for souvenirs before heading down the mountain to Jay and on to Keene and Keene Valley on Route 73.
In Keene, find shopping, dining and ample hiking trails for a quick walk to stretch your legs. A few miles down the road, Keene Valley is the place for farm-fresh goodies and stocking up on gear for life in the mountains. The Keene Valley Farmers’ Market is held every Sunday throughout the summer and fall.
You are now officially in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondacks, so named for the 46 High Peaks of the Adirondacks. Continue riding through the Dix Mountain Wilderness south to the town of North Hudson before heading west to Newcomb, home of the Adirondack Interpretive Center.
Continue on to Long Lake, a vibrant town offering great outdoor recreation opportunities, including sea plane rides, and boat tours, as well as Hoss’s Country Corner, a store offering everything you need to live and/or survive in the Adirondacks.
Be sure to fuel up here before heading back to Tupper Lake to complete your tour of the Adirondack High Peaks Loop.