The Adirondack Mountains, an hour north of Lake George, are free to enter and have plenty to explore. Hikers can try to summit some of the 46 mountains that make up the Adirondack High Peaks, each 4,000 feet above sea level or higher. If you’re looking for a more relaxed approach, take a drive on one of the New York State Scenic Byways that thread through this region. In the fall, this is an excellent way to view the foliage that upstate New York is famous for. The capital of New York lies an hour south of Lake George. Albany is a bustling city with a rich history. Visit the Empire State Plaza and explore the “underground city,” which features shops, restaurants, and a huge collection of abstract art. Fans of live music can listen to the Albany Symphony Orchestra, led by a Grammy-winning conductor, or catch a performance at Swyer Theater, known as The Egg. Visitors who are not from America’s northeast may want to pack their passports and travel up to Montreal, Quebec. Just two and a half hours away, Montreal has the charm of a European city. Stroll the cobblestone streets of Old Montreal and admire the architecture of old churches and skyscrapers. Montreal is also known as a foodie city; take a tour of the local cuisine on your own or with a guide. Be sure to try poutine, its famous rendition of French fries!