Ten things you might not know about the Adirondacks in upstate New York:
#1. Glacier, Yosemite, the Great Smoky Mountains, Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon National Parks could all fit inside New York’s Adirondack State Park.
#2. The Adirondack Mountains are growing faster than the Himalayas, at a rate of one foot every 100 years.
#3. Lake Placid, located in the northern Adirondack Park, is one of three places in the world to host the Winter Olympic Games twice, once in 1932 and 1980.
#4. The term “vacation” is said to have originated in the Adirondacks. Wealthy New Yorkers would “vacate” the city during the sticky summer months and head for the cool northern woods.
#5. In 1901, Vice President Theodore Roosevelt was sworn in as President of the United States at North Creek Station. This was after learning that President William McKinley – who had been shot a few weeks earlier – had died.
#6. The Adirondack Park is the largest park in the continental United States.
#7. The park is the size of the state of Vermont.
#8. The Adirondack Park contains 85% of all wilderness in the eastern United States.
#9. 60 million people live within a days’ drive of the Adirondack region.
#10. The Adirondack mountains highest point is on Mt. Marcy at 5,344 ft (1,629 m).
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