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If you’re ready for glamping like a god (or even just a Rockefeller), the Adirondacks have your deliverance


AMERICANS ON the East Coast have always been jealous of their fellow countrymen and women out West, next door to some of America’s admired national parks. Yosemite’s majestic Half Dome, captured brilliantly by Ansel Adams; the Grand Canyon’s Horseshoe Bend, memorialized by millions of Instagram users; Yellowstone’s endless evergreen forests; Olympic National Park’s 70 miles of wild coastline along Washington state—these are merely a few highlights among the wide open spaces, big skies and smoky sunsets that have long defined our understanding of pure, natural beauty.

MAXIMUM CHILL: The vibe at the White Pine Camp is laid-back; the camp practically whispers, “Shut up and relax.”

Surely nothing, East Coast denizens fear, can compare in our backyard, where skyscrapers, Brooklyn hipsters and Jersey Shore attitudes reign supreme. But rest assured, my fellow Yankees: In upstate New York, spread across 6 million acres of largely untouched wilderness, sleeps a park that’s bigger than Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Olympic combined.

The Adirondack Park is the largest park in the Lower 48. It’s the size of Vermont, covers one-fifth of New York state and has 3,000 lakes, 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, and more wilderness than anywhere else on the East Coast. It was also the first constitutionally protected wilderness in the world: In 1894, it was protected as “forever wild” by New York state’s Constitution, which bans development, logging and the sale or lease of public forests.

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