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February 3, 2014

Web portal connects Adirondack dots

LAKE PLACID — A new tourism tool is open for Adirondack travelers to explore.

Visit Adirondacks launched recently with rave reviews.

Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) said the shared web entrance brings the majesty of this region to people’s fingertips.

“The portal is interactive and user-friendly and my hope — expectation really — because it’s so good, is once people visiting the portal see what we have to offer, they won’t be able to resist a real visit,” she said in a news release.

The Adirondack portal encompasses all corners of park adventure: from the Lake Champlain shore to Tug Hill Plateau, from Blue Mountain Lake to Lake Placid and Lake George, providing a vast menu of places to visit and things to see both indoors and out.

The online resource includes trip-planning guides and sample itineraries, drawing from what its builders say is 4,000 travel data sets.

FIRST TIMERS 

The online site includes a page especially designed for people looking to explore the Adirondack Park for the first time.

It spells out the size and scope of the 6 million-acre wilderness with an invitation: “There are no fees to enter, no gates that close at night, just wilderness and the promise of adventure.”

Web pages also draw attention to the 100-plus towns and villages inside the blue Adirondack Park map boundaries with its human treasure: rustic architecture, Olympic history, artisans, farms, lodging, camping places, guides, restaurants and outdoor recreation.

PARTNERSHIP

Called Visit Adirondacks, the project was developed in cooperation with two Regional Economic Development Councils — the Mohawk Valley and North Country councils — and support from the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages, the Center for Economic Growth and the Central Adirondack Partnership for the 21st Century.

“With this website, we are making it easy for visitors to find and choose the activities and attractions they want to explore,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.

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