LAKE PLACID - Many of those who live in the Adirondack Park are aware of its beauty and surplus of recreation activities available. Now the rest of the world is becoming aware as well.
Information was recently released by the Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors Bureau in regards to two articles written about the Adirondacks.
First, USA Today listed the Adirondack State Park amongst the "10 Great Places on Earth You Don't Want to Miss." It rivaled Mount Kilimanjaro, The Dead Sea and The Everglades.
"Much of th park's heart has been kept inaccessible to vehicles, preserving a slice of wilderness," wrote Holly Hughes from USA Today. "The best way to appreciate it is to canoe through its quiet rivers and forested lakes. You'll see white-tailed deer, beaver, and, if you're lucky, you may spy a red fox or even a moose."
According to the visitors bureau's press release, "Shortly after more than two million people read about the Adirondacks in USA Today, another two million more read about the park in the National Geographic Adventure Magazine's listing of the 50 Best American Travels."
Canoeing in the Adirondack Park was listed as number five in the top ten trips to take of the 50 Best American Travels. Just below "Biking the Continental Divide Trail," "Kayaking Lake Yellowstone," "Rowing Down the Grand Canyon," and "Climbing Mount Rainier."
The article writes of a specific route to travel by canoe in the Adirondacks, beginning at Little Tupper Lake.
"The route will take at least four days. Using marshy outflows, numerous ponds, and meandering brooks, you'll string together Rock Pond, Lake Lila, languid Bog River, and Round Lake to return to Little Tupper," according to writers Jim Gorman, Robert Earle Howells and the editors of the magazine. "All of it, forever wild."
But why are people becoming so interested in the Adirondacks?
"I think people are starting to recognize we have a lot of things in this country. Primarily, the Adirondacks stick out in the northeast as being a real nice natural environment," said James McKenna, president and chief executive officer of the Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors Bureau.
McKenna also recalled the writer William H. H. Murray, also known as Adirondack Murray, who wrote about the Adirondacks in the 1800s, stating it is the place to go to refresh mind and body.
"What I see happening is that we're seeing sort of a change," McKenna explained. "People are looking at the Adirondacks as a place, not only to come and vacation, but to give their mind peace of mind."
"There's been people along the way, I look at Garret Smith, or John Brown, or Melvil Dewey, people that use the Adirondacks for great thought process," he added. "I think we're getting back to that."
McKenna said he also understands people enjoy the Adirondacks not only for its "scenic beauty" but because it's a "park area so close to metropolitan areas."
However, he is slightly weary of the prospect of the Adirondacks gaining in tourism.
"I think we're going to go into another stage where the Adirondacks will really become very well-known," McKenna said. "What we have to be conscious of is that we don't want to get too many people here at any one time. And I think that's going to be more of a challenge in the future."