I Love New York has revamped www.visitadirondacks.com, adding a new Web portal to help visitors plan trips to the Adirondacks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office announced Thursday.
A Web portal is part of a website that brings information together from diverse sources in an organized way.
"The trip planning portal we are unveiling today on VisitAdirondacks.com features all you need to know to plan a great trip to the Adirondacks," Cuomo said in a press release.
The portal offers a list of recreational opportunities, amenities, lodging, restaurants, attractions and travel preferences. It includes 4,000 travel data sets that have been organized into a recreation and vacation planning tool. Travelers and residents can use it, for instance, to find trailheads or places to fish or paddle, including lists of boat launches, gear rentals, places to get licenses, or where to grab lunch.
Users can search and connect with data specifically targeted to their stated travel criteria, including kids, pets, handicap access, seasonal recreation, geographic areas within the Park and recreational activity.
Available via several access points on VisitAdirondacks.com, the recreational portal can be found on the homepage's main menu ("Come Play"), at the bottom of the outdoor recreation page and on the sidebar of the first-time visitors page.
With each selection made in the portal, the user is also presented with a list of what's nearby, including recreation opportunities, lodging, dining, shopping, and other attractions.
A mobile app is scheduled to launch in the coming weeks.
The portal was created in partnership with the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages, Center for Economic Growth and Central Adirondack Partnership for the 21st Century. Funding was awarded by Empire State Development through the Regional Economic Development Council initiative, as well as from the Capital Region's Center for Economic Growth.
"The development of this interactive Web portal and app is very exciting for the small towns and villages of the Adirondacks that play host to the Forest Preserve," AATV President Brian Towers said in a press release. "The multitude of recreational opportunities that exist within those communities is unparalleled, and we believe that this tool will expose those less-traveled areas of the Park to new visitors, thus leveraging the economic benefits associated with increased tourism."
The portal adopts strategies developed by the Adirondack Partnership's Adirondack Park Recreation Strategy Group. The North Country Regional Economic Development Council identified it as a regional priority project, and it is also intended to support aspects of the strategic plans developed by the Capital Region and Mohawk Valley REDCs.