Some of the large camps in Adirondack Park are now open to the public

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Trick question: what is the largest park in the United States?

No, it’s not Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon or the Great Smoky Mountains, or even those four natural giants combined. The largest park is not a national park at all, but Adirondack Park, which at around 6,000 square miles encompasses one-third of New York State’s total area.

Long a tourist destination, the park, which has been designated a National Historic Landmark, remains pristine, wild, and sparsely populated except for well-settled tourist destinations such as Lake Placid.

The very wealthy—the lucky few to claim names like Vanderbilt, Morgan, Post, Rockefeller, and Guggenheim—forged a unique architectural style and way of life in the Adirondacks long before the end of the 19th century. Here, the Grand Camps offered them another opportunity to lavish cash on rustic indulgences, where they enjoyed unparalleled privacy while dozing off in well-heeled style.

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