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On Father's Day weekend, New York State will host its annual "Path Through History Weekend," which will showcase New York's rich history at various events and activities throughout the state. For those of you in the Adirondacks, this weekend is a prime opportunity to take a family trip and learn more about our region's history.

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Photo courtesy of Fort Ticonderoga
The Adirondack Museum, located in beautiful Blue Mountain Lake, is about to enter its 59th season! When the museum opens its doors on May 20, it promises a season full of more exhibits and fun events for anyone interested in the Adirondacks.

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Photo courtesy of the Adirondack Museum
Back in 2012, Plattsburgh's paved, multi-use Saranac River Trail opened and increased accessibility throughout the city for walkers and bicyclists. Now, the city of Plattsburgh is ready to move forward with the next stage of the trail's development, which will ultimately double its length!

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Photo courtesy of Friends of Saranac River Trail
To see a historic site restored to its former glory is always a welcome sight. Thanks to the New York State DEC, one of the most distinguished and popular landmarks in the Adirondacks will undergo maintenance and renovations to preserve it for future generations.

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Photo courtesy of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Existing and emerging trails in the Adirondacks are being added to what will become the longest hiking trail in the entire country.

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We know that the Adirondacks is the place to be when looking to escape into the outdoors, but how does it compare to the rest of the country? Well according to a recent Buzzfeed article listing the 15 best places to reunite with your college friends, the Adirondack Mountains ranked in the top ten at number eight, beating out some popular adventure destinations!

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Photo credit: Mike Tracy

In 2013, a controversial project was announced by the New York Departments of Environmental Conservation and Transportation to remove a 34-mile section of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid and transform it into a multi-use trail. To combat this proposal, the Preservation League of New York State has recently included the endangered track in its annual "Seven to Save" list to help encourage negotiations about the track's future.

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Alice the Moose's 570-km (354-mi) journey in 2000 from the Adirondacks to Algonquin Park has inspired the development of an international nature trail following her footsteps. This trail would include existing routes and be available for locals and tourists alike.

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Since 2012, the Saratoga & North Creek Railway has operated a Snow Train throughout the winter so skiers could have an easy means of transportation to Gore Mountain. Due to lackluster ridership, though, the railway has made the difficult decision to eliminate the Snow Train, at least until March.

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Stony Creek's 1000 Acres Ranch now has a new owner after being auctioned off last week, and the successful bidder has big plans for the property.

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