There’s something inherently different about lake vacations compared to beach outings. While you may head to the beach to soak up some sun, lake outings are more about connecting with nature in a different way. The vast bodies of water backdropped by lush green forests showcase the truly awe-inspiring beauty of nature.
You may spend your day swimming and fishing in freshwater, or choose instead to go hiking off the beaten path. Consider trekking to one of the following lakes for your next summer getaway!
Lake Superior – Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin
Lake Superior is VAST. So vast that it can practically be its own sea. Because of this, LakeSuperior is a great place to fish! There are a variety of different fish thriving within Lake Superior including: salmon, trout, smelt, whitefish, herrings, northern pike, bass, walleye, and countless other game fish.
Lake Tahoe – California/Nevada
This lake is known for its high altitude, as well as for its high intensity winter sports. The mountain and lake are 6,225 feet above sea level, making it the perfect destination for skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports. If you’re not interested in winter sports though, you can always hike on the lake’s various paths, and later enjoy a hot cocoa in one of its lakeshore cafes.
Lake Michigan – Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois
So how exactly do lakes beat beaches? Well, many may not know that Lake Michigan holds more than 1,600 miles of coastline, offering people more beaches than any other lake in the United States. Because these beaches spread across four different states, many of the beaches are unique to each other, offering shorelines for every taste.
Lake Chelan – Washington
Lake Chelan has dozens of trails that walk you through and around the 55-mile long lake and into its snow-tipped cascades. The most popular of these trails is the Chelan Lakeshore Trail, which offers astonishing views of the lakefront from different sections of the lake’s surrounding area.
Finger Lakes – New York
Much like the other lakes on this list, the Finger Lakes offer beautiful, lush green landscapes as backdrops to their enormous bodies of water. However, the Finger Lakes offer even a little more: home to over a hundred vineyards and vintners. Many of the wineries also offer spectacular waterfront views of the Finger Lakes, and the surrounding lands.
Crater Lake – Oregon
You want beautiful blue waters but a trip to the Caribbean may be a bit over your price range. When you live in the pacific northwest, you don’t need the Caribbean’s blue water when you have Crater Lake in Oregon. Crater Lake has some of the clearest waters for any freshwater body of water. The lake has a clarity of over 150 feet deep, making it a great place to go snorkeling and scuba diving. Oh, and did I mention it was the site of a collapsed volcano? Talk about an underwater adventure!
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