Excessive heat warnings have been issued across the United States in the past few weeks. Now, there’s a heat wave forecast for the north that will affect millions. Temperatures have been reaching over 110 Fahrenheit degrees (43º celsius) in top destinations in America.
Travelers must find strategies to beat the heat while traveling, but another great idea is to plan an unforgettable summer vacation in the best lakes across the United States.
For those who have recently already visited beaches, or prefer lakes, here’s a list of great lakes in the United States to refresh and enjoy summer:
This beautiful lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains connects two states with its wide waters, California and Nevada, and is one of Americans’ favorite lakes for summer vacations.
Its deep blue waters are surrounded by spectacular mountains and it’s perfect for swimming and skiing. Travelers can visit the beaches, have great picnic days, and even visit 24 hours casinos nearby.
This lake is the second largest lake —with an area of over 22,000 miles (58,00Km) of the five Great Lakes in North America and the only one located entirely in the US. Travelers visiting this lake in Wisconsin might find it ocean-like for its immensity and great beaches.
Visitors can explore this “third coast” —as it is popularly known— in America and enjoy beaches with sand dunes, swim in its sweet water, or have a great time at local parks.
This artificial reservoir in Utah and Arizona and part of the Colorado river is perfect for those who want to swim or kayak while observing parts of the amazing natural structures of the Grand Canyon.
The orange rocks, the blue water, and the gorgeous sunset make this lake an unforgettable destination.
This narrow lake in the state of Washington is very popular for fishing and for its pristine waters. Travelers can swim, paddleboard, kayak, jet ski, and even scuba diving.
Lake Chelan is also a special summer spot for camping or a great weekend getaway from nearby cities like Seattle, Spokane, or Tacoma.
New York state is home to the “Queen of American Lakes” as this lake is also known. Visitors can enjoy its spectacular forest views and popular beaches like the Million Dollar Beach with golden sand.
Travelers can also explore its lovely lake town and visit its historical museums or go for hikes in the mountains surrounding this location.
This wonderful lake is literally on a volcanic crater in the Crater Lake National Park. Travelers visiting this destination will get to see its spectacular and unique blue water. It’s the deepest lake in America!
This national park offers visitors 32 overlooks, trails, and waterfalls depending on the season.
Lake of Ozarks
As the popular Netflix series has shown viewers across the World, this lake is very popular during summer, but there’s so much more to do and see that’s not featured on the TV show.
This famous reservoir in central Missouri offers travelers great activities and attractions: from amazing caves and waterfalls to water parks and breweries.
This natural lake in Montana is great for kayaking and open water swimming. Flathead Lake is one of the cleanest in the world! Its fresh water makes it perfect to stay away from the heat and enjoy its natural surroundings.
For those who enjoy recreational boating, this is the perfect spot. Lake Havasu is popular among party people, especially during spring break. During summer this beautiful lake offers fresh blue waters, great for swimming and scuba diving.
The Grand Lake in Colorado is the perfect destination for a quiet summer vacation. This lake is usually not crowded and offers a top experience: amazing trails, a great beach for swimming, and a beautiful natural environment.
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