Driving north of Lake George, either on I87 or Rt. 9 (the more scenic route) you really begin to enter the heart of the Adirondacks.  Schroon Lake is a quaint village and four-season resort offering hiking, golfing, kayaking, canoeing, sailing and events for the entire family.  Continuing northwest from Schroon Lake brings you to Keene and Keene Valley, the "Home of the High Peaks" and the beginning of the trail to Mt. Marcy, New York State's highest mountain.  Continue along Rt. 73, through spectacular scenery and be amazed as you round a bend to see the symbols of the village of Lake Placid, the ski jumps.  The ski jumps are reminders of the 1980 Winter Olympics that were held here.  The ski jumps, as well as other Olympic sites from both the 1980 and 1932 Winter Olympics, are open to the public.  There is a cute Main Street to explore with lots of restaurants and shops.  A walk around Mirror Lake is a great way to explore the village.  Ten miles west is the village of Saranac Lake.  Saranac Lake grew from the mid-19th century as a logging community, to the home of many guides who led tourists from larger cities to hunt and fish.  During the late 19th century Saranac Lake grew into a thriving community supported by tuberculosis patients staying in the area for 'the cure'.  Today, Saranac Lake, voted an 'All America City', is home to one of the oldest Winter Carnivals in the country.  Continuing west from Saranac Lake, brings you to Tupper Lake, home of The Wild Center, the Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks.  The Wild Center is a fantastic place for the entire family, with live animals, guided walks, feature films and indoor and outdoor exhibitions.  To ensure seeing live animals in the Adirondacks, visit The Wild Center.  Continue southwest to Long Lake and make sure you visit Hoss's Country Corner, an Adirondack institution.  South from Long Lake isBlue Mountain Lake, the home of the Adirondack Museum, a great outdoor museum where you can learn about the human history of the Adirondacks.