If you're lucky enough to visit the Adirondack Coast during the summer, you'll find no shortage of things to do. Home to Lake Champlain — a 121-mile long fresh-water lake that boasts more than 600 miles of shoreline and 70 islands — the region provides endless opportunities for water recreation. If you prefer to stay on dry land, the area offers 400 years of significant history, charming waterfront towns, fun attractions and easy access to outdoor adventure.

The Lake Champlain Region is known for its dramatic landscape — lush green fields extend to the horizon and disappear into the foothills of the magnificent Adirondack Mountains. In the fall, vegetation turns to vibrant shades of red and orange, the crisp air rolls in, and the Lake Champlain region comes alive with a plethora of opportunities for outdoors enthusiasts.

Outdoor activities abound in the Lake Champlain Region during the winter — from ice fishing, skiing and skating on Lake Champlain to skiing and snowshoeing in the nearby mountains, fields and forests. After a day of snowy thrills, head into one of the region's charming towns for a hot chocolate, a hot toddy or a hot shower.

This tour will introduce you to the dramatic Civil War involvement of the Crown Point community, where iron ore was mined and used to fabricate important parts of the ironclad USS Monitor. Two iron companies operated in Crown Point during the Civil War; the Hammond's Crown Point Iron Company, with a mine and blast furnace at Hammondville, and the firm of Penfield & Harwood, with a mine at Hammondville and a bloomery forge and separator at Ironville. 

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