Sure, we know how great Lake George is, and now the rest of the world is getting hip to our favorite vacation destination that happens to be right in our own backyard.

Recently Time Magazine's Money Magazine compiled a list of the' 20 Best Places to Go in 2018' based on a multitude of different data points (which you can read about here). From those data points they came up with the top 20 places to visit where

Quality, cost, and value come together to provide a terrific travel experience.

I love that this list isn't giving you the bottom of the barrel cheap spots or the super expensive spots that cost like an entire year's salary to stay for a week or weekend in some cases. I'd say I was surprised to see that one of the Capital Region's favorite vacation and day-cation spots was on that list but it seems every now and then someone lets the world in on our not so best kept secret.

Coming in at #8 on the '20 Best Places to Go in 2018' list is Upstate New York's very own Lake George!

8. Lake George, New York

Average airfare: $439
Average hotel night: $151
Cost to spend a week for two: $2,587

Known as the southern gateway to the Adirondacks, this upstate New York haven really comes alive during the summer months, when it draws visitors seeking greener surroundings and a small-town vibe. Situated on a 32-mile-long lake of the same name, Lake George’s activities include steamboat excursions and ghost tours at the historic Fort William Henry Museum (adults, $18). Or you can tackle the 6-mile round trip “railbike” tour (starting at $80), pedaling your way through the dense Adirondack forest and across a trestle bridge. Treat yourself afterward with a visit to Adirondack Brewery, where you can pick up an IPA or seasonal specialties like hefeweizens and cucumber beers.

Of course with Lake George being so close to use we know that it's a great place to visit in the winter too. What are some of your favorite things to do in Lake George?