4. Insider's TipLake Placid is a charming, bustling body of water, but it's not a tranquil wilderness paradise. If you yearn for a day floating past the absolutely wild, then drive to Long Lake and rent a canoe from Camp Hilary ($25 a day plus portage fee from $30). The top portion of the lake has no road access and fronts protected parkland, which means that after a little paddling, you'll reach remote waters surrounded by only trees, mountains, and wild animals. In colder weather, see the same region from above on a seaplane ride with Helms Aero Service ($20).
Published on Nov 1, 2006 as a web exclusive.