Distance from Baltimore: 480 miles, about an 8-hour drive Why it's cool: One of the premiere hiking destinations in the country, the Adirondack Mountains are known for glacial forests and vast waters. The area has something for everyone with over 2,000 miles of hiking trails and ideal waterways for canoeing and kayaking. With 6.1 acres of land, Adirondack Park has plenty of hotels, inns and campsites for locals and tourists. Don't miss: The "46 Peaks" which are the 46 tallest mountains in the park. Mount Marcy is the highest peak and also the highest point in New York at 5,344 feet. Information: NYS Adirondack Park Agency, 1133 NYS Route 86, Ray Brook, N.Y. 12977; 518-891-4050 or visitadirondacks.com.
Handout Photo by Nancie Battaglia