Lake George, Adirondacks, NY.
How many places are described as "jewels" of the Adirondacks? Well, it turns out a lot of them. But Lake George is certainly one, and if you climb Buck Mountain on the east side of the lake, you'll be rewarded with fine views. Here, the Tongue Mountain ridge dominates the west side, squeezing the lake into an area called The Narrows, that is populated with over 40 islands, before it opens up again in the north.