Situated in the Adirondack Park, Keene is a small town that’s home to the highest mountain in New York. The Adirondack Park is a state park comprised of more than 2.5 million public acres of Forest Preserve and another 3.4 million acres of privately owned land, towns, and villages. Keene houses two sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a handful of other significant historic attractions. The town is big on ecotourism, so if you visit, make sure you are ready for the great outdoors. You might even see some wildlife on your trip!
Things to do in Keene
At an elevation of 5,343 feet, Mount Marcy is New York’s highest peak. Fortunately for visitors to Keene, the mountain is also within the town’s limits. Head to the Van Hoevenberg Trail which starts at the Adirondack Lo, a historic lodge which sits on a protected area of over 700 acres near Heart Lake. From the trailhead to the summit of Mt. Marcy it’s a 7.4-mile hike, so remember to bring plenty of water and some snacks for your trek. It’s documented that Theodore Roosevelt, after learning that President William McKinley, who had recently been shot and was getting worse, hiked ten miles down the southwest face of the mountain to board the nearest train to return to Washington. On his way, he learned that McKinley had died, and so Roosevelt boarded the train to Buffalo to get sworn in as president. You can even hike the Roosevelt-Marcy Trail, named after him and his journey that day, on your mountain trek!
Mountain bikers will love exploring all the trails Keene Valley has to offer. Try the extensive Van Hovenberg Mountain Biking Trail System. The Whiteface Mountain Bike Park is just a few miles from Keene and its 27 diverse downhill mountain biking trails are worth the visit. The Flume Trail System, located just 20 minutes away in Wilmington, boasts 8 miles of hiking, biking, and other recreational activities. The system is the first on forest preserve lands in the Adirondacks to allow mountain biking. It was designed to meet the specifications of the International Mountain Bicycling Association, and has trails rated as easy, moderate, and hard. If you love mountain biking, you have to check it out!
Don’t forget to bring a few treasures home with you from your vacation. Stop in at Dartbrook Rustic Goods and pick up an antique canoe paddle, a sign from the Lake Placid Winter Olympics, or an Adirondack style chair for your home. You’ll find everything from deer antlers mounted on a plaque to old street signs, so if you’re an antique junkie, this place is for you. The Adirondack Attic has a similar vibe, with the added bonus of vintage clothing. Customers love the women’s section and the two rooms devoted to furniture and collectibles. When you’ve worked up an appetite searching through all the collectibles, head over to ADK Café where you can cozy up next to the fireplace and enjoy their chicken pot pie or lasagna, or sit outdoors on their front patio and sip on a handcrafted maple margarita. They also serve pies to go, so you can take it with you when you’re too full for dessert.
Day Trips from Keene
Just up the road, about a 20-minute drive, is Lake Placid, home of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. Take a day trip here and discover the village that housed elite athletes from 37 different nations in their quest for gold. It was in the 1980 Olympics where the inspiration for the movie “Miracle” took place; U.S. hockey unexpectedly beat the returning champions, the Soviet Union, during a time when cold war tensions were high. Check out the Lake Placid Olympic Museum and experience the excitement and history of the games. The museum offers exhibits dedicated to each host country and includes photographs, artifacts, and memorabilia from the games. See the equipment that the 1932 teams used in hockey games, bobsledding and speed skating. There’s even an exhibit where visitors can try their hand at curling! There’s so much more to do in Lake Placid before heading back to Keene; go skiing, snowshoeing, paddle boarding, or hiking in the Adirondacks. Or, simply wind down with a spa and massage day at one of the more than 20 spa and wellness centers in Lake Placid.
Tripping.com offers many different types of vacation rentals in Keene. Choose a cozy, one-bedroom mountain cottage and enjoy a view of the Adirondacks from your window. Or, rent a multi-level townhouse in a central location within walking distance to shops, restaurants, and all the outdoor activities you can imagine.
Transportation in Keene
Fly into Plattsburgh International Airport and make the short, 50-minute drive to Keene. Or, try to find a less expensive flight into Burlington International Airport in Vermont and make the 2-hour drive to your accommodations A rental car is the best way to get from either airport to Keene, and you will need on during your stay since public transit is not an option in town. If you’re coming from New York, the Amtrak Adirondack is an easy option with an added bonus; the 6-hour trip was also named one of the Top 10 Most Scenic Train Rides in the World.
Vacation Rentals in Keene
Find the best Keene vacation rentals on Tripping.com. With over 357 home rentals, take your pick from a wide variety of choices including studio apartments, luxury condos, and cozy cabin rentals. Prices in Keene range from €59 a night. Many rentals can also be booked directly online.Vacation home rentals found on Tripping.com offer more amenities than the average hotel room along with many of the comforts of home. Going on a business trip or need to stay connected? 326 homes in Keene offer high-speed WiFi Internet so you won’t miss a beat. Travelling with kids? Let them splash around in any of the 14 rentals with pool or jacuzzi, or relax with the family in one of the 302 homes with cable TV.For all those pet owners with dogs or cats, Keene offers 183 pet-friendly vacation rentals for your extended family. Find the perfect vacation rental that matches your budget and style on Tripping.com.
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