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Sunday, August 07, 2011

Whiteface Mountain

















Whiteface Mountain is the fifth tallest in the Adirondacks. This mountain is special for several reasons. It stands alone, which offers a 360 view around, with views of Vermont and the skyline of Montreal on a clear day. It also hosted the downhill ski events of the 1932 and 1980 Olympics. What makes it a popular tourist attraction is the easy access. The Memorial highway to the parking area several hundred feet below the peak is a relatively easy drive. Along the way are a number of scenic overlooks with picnic areas. Biking up the highway is a popular activity and going downhill can only be described as exciting.

Once you reach the parking area, you have a choice between hiking up a trail to the summit or walking to the center of the mountain in a 450 foot tunnel and riding an elevator up 27 stories to the top of the mountain. It is a great way to spend several hours.

While in the area we camped in a 100 acre woods that is part of the North Pole Resort in Wilmington, NY, the sites are large an can easily accommodate any size rig. There are only approximately 60 sites with the rest devoted to wilderness with hiking trails. Many of the sites come with full hookups.

Several folks have asked how we decide on a campground. This is one of Anneke’s specialties. She starts by checking the usual campground books, with membership parks and Passport America being a prime consideration. Then she checks online at rvparkreviews.com to check others reviews. We also use a big rig book to see what may be available. After comparing all the options, including reading between the lines on the reviews, she then makes her selection. We have recently started using a site called allstays.com that has campground, highway info, truck fuel stop, and other useful information. In the northeast we have found a number of otherwise unmarked low bridge clearances that had we been driving the motorhome would have been a big problem. On this site, you can check, among other things, clearances on all roads by state.

9 comments:

Judy and Emma said...

So, tell us! Did you hike, bike, or take the elevator to the summit? Inquiring minds want to know. :)

Sue and Doug said...

great tour today as always!..did you mention 'hundred acre wood'..was Winnie the Pooh and Tigger there??

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

Chuck,

Thanks for the tip on allstays.com. I never heard of it before and looking it over I see it'll come in really handy.

Margie and Roger said...

Those are some beautiful views. Thanks for the update on how Anneke searches for parks - I'm using the same methods and more. Sure would be nice if everything was in just one place though.

Margie and Roger said...

I forgot to mention that AllStays has an app for smartphones and we use it on an iPhone and a Droid.

Diana said...

An elevator to the top of a mountain? Wow! How cool is that!

E Squared and Mui said...

I've been using RV Park Reviews ... now I'll add All Stays to my bag of tricks as well. Thanks for sharing.

So, should we assume from the tunnel photograph that you went up "that a way?"

Barry and Linda said...

Thanks fer' the tip on allstays.com looks interesting. An elevator to the top o' the mountain, what will they think of next?

Rick and Paulette said...

Beautiful photos - stunning views.

I'm thinking I'd take the elevator up and maybe take the trail back down just to sample both.