Traveling to Lake Placid

From New York City and New Jersey
Take the NY State Thruway (I-87) north to Exit 24 (Albany). Take I-87 north (Adirondack Northway) to Exit 30. Pick up Route 9 north and follow it for two miles to Route 73. Continue on Route 73 for 28 miles to Lake Placid. Drive times: From NYC - 5 hours, from Albany - 2 and 1/2 hours.
From Boston, Springfield, Hartford
Take Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) to Albany. Pick up I-787 north to Cohoes. Connect with Route 7 west to I-87 north. Follow I-87 (Northway) to Exit 30, then use directions: "From New York and New Jersey". Drive time from Boston: 5 hours.
From Toronto
Take 401 east to Cornwall Bridge. Pick up Route 37 east to Malone. Follow Route 30 south to Paul Smiths and pick up Route 86. Continue on 86 to Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. Drive time: 5 and 1/2 hours.
From Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Points West
Take I-90 (NY State Thruway) east to Exit 36 (Syracuse). Pick up I-81 north and follow to Watertown. Take Route 3 and follow it east to Saranac Lake, then follow Route 86 east to Lake Placid. Drive times: from Buffalo - 5 and 1/2 hours, from Rochester - 4 and 1/2 hours, from Syracuse - 3 and 1/2 hours.
From Ottawa
Take routes south to the Cornwall Bridge. Pick up Route 37 east to Malone. Follow Route 30 south to Paul Smiths and pick up Route 86. Follow Route 86 and continue to Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. Drive time: 3 hours.
From Montreal
Take Route 15 south to Champlain Crossing, connecting with I-87 south. Take Exit 34 west, following Route 9N, then follow Route 86 to Lake Placid. Drive time: 2 hours.