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Created at September 05, 2020

Best Lake Vacations

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Lake Superior
Lake Superior
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Lake Superior
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No matter what time of year, some sort of fishing is in season; Duluth, Minnesota and Bayfield, Wisconsin are among the charter hubs.
Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe
4.9
(10)
Lake Tahoe, United States
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Beautiful Lake one of it’s own kind, crystal clear water, fantastic scenery, nice place to visit with friends and family
lake erie
lake erie
4.8
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The state’s Lake Erie Birding Trail runs along 312 miles of waterfront between Toledo and Conneaut, including open water, marshes, estuaries, and lakefront woodlands in which more than 400 avian species can be spotted.
Crater Lake
Crater Lake
4.8
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Crater Lake, Oregon 97604
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offers the bragging rights of diving in a flooded volcano that also happens to be the deepest lake in the U.S.
Kabetogama lake
Kabetogama lake
4.8
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Kabetogama lake, Minnesota
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Keep an eye out for wildlife along the shore, from bear and bald eagles to otters, wolves, and moose.
Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan
4.8
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Lake Michigan, United States
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With more than 1,600 miles of shoreline, Lake Michigan offers more beaches than any other American lake. But it’s not just quantity: there’s a beach for nearly every taste.
Lake Powell
Lake Powell
4.8
(4)
Lake Powell, United States
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Spin your own high-adventure tale on a houseboat cruise through the red-rock desert wilderness.
Yellowstone Lake
Yellowstone Lake
4.8
(4)
Yellowstone Lake, Wyoming 82190
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People have been cruising Yellowstone since 1871, when the Hayden Expedition used a sail-powered rowboat to explore the lake.
Mammoth Lakes
Mammoth Lakes
4.8
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Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
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It’s closer to South Bay. Next better option to Lake Tahoe.
Lake Winnebago
Lake Winnebago
4.7
(3)
Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin
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In winter, the lake converts to sail-powered ice racing.
Lake Champlain
Lake Champlain
4.7
(3)
Lake Champlain
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You could stick to New York and double up with a stay at historic hotel The Sagamore at Lake George, south of Ticonderoga.
Finger Lakes
Finger Lakes
4.7
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Finger Lakes, NY
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Wineries with spectacular waterfront locations include Belhurst Estate in Geneva and Thirsty Owl in Ovid. Riesling is the most popular plonk, but the lakes region also produces fine Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Gewürztraminer.
Moosehead Lake
Moosehead Lake
4.7
(3)
Moosehead Lake, Maine
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With winter temperatures that often plunge below freezing and lake ice two feet thick, Moosehead Lake is prime territory for ice sport enthusiasts.
Lake Washington
Lake Washington
4.7
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Lake Washington, Washington
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The world’s fastest boats race on Seattle’s Lake Washington
Walden Pond
Walden Pond
4.7
(3)
Walden Pond, Concord
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Swimming, fishing, and canoeing are the main aquatic activities; trails lead to tranquil spots around the shore.
Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
4.5
(2)
Port Alsworth, AK 99653
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Tiny Port Alsworth offers a visitor center, kayak rental, guide services and outfitters, post office, and lodging.
Lake Oconee
Lake Oconee
4.5
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Lake Oconee, Georgia
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About halfway between Atlanta and the legendary golf haven of Augusta, the Lake Oconee area has emerged as one of the country’s leading golf destinations since The Landing course opened in 1986.
Lake Havasu City
Lake Havasu City
4.5
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Lake Havasu City, AZ
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There are plenty of places to party onshore too, whatever the season— nightclubs, bars, restaurants, lake-view hotel rooms, and the patio of Heat Hotel.
Lake Chelan
Lake Chelan
4.5
(2)
Lake Chelan, Washington
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Dozens of trails lead your way around 55-mile-long Lake Chelan and into the snow-tipped Cascades on either side.
Caddo lake
Caddo lake
4.5
(2)
Caddo lake, United States
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The most recent sighting, according to local press reports, took place in 2014. Whether you believe or not, Caddo is an eerily beautiful place to explore by foot or by water. 16 of 25NEXT SLIDE View All 17 of 25 Lake Chelan, Washington ISTOCKPHOTO
Flathead County
Flathead County
4.5
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Flathead County, MT
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Wild horses roam the eponymous state park that floats in this lake in western Montana.
lake charles
lake charles
4.5
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The 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center features traveling exhibitions and local art.
Table Rock Lake
Table Rock Lake
4.5
(2)
Table Rock Lake, United States
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The annual Bluegrass & Barbecue Festival takes place over three weeks each spring on the Indian Point Peninsula on the lake’s north shore.
Lady Bird Lake
Lady Bird Lake
4.5
(2)
Lady Bird Lake, Austin
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Lady Bird Lake meanders right through Austin, which happens to be the home base of SUP ATX, America’s largest stand-up-paddleboard maker.
Lake Coeur d'Alene
Lake Coeur d'Alene
4.5
(2)
Lake Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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lengthy lakeside running and biking trails and clean, clear water.