Everyone wants to spend time at the beach in the summertime. Many people associate beach vacations exclusively with the coast. But America’s lakes offer fantastic beachy vacations, too!
And the best part about beach vacations at the lakes is that you can experience all different kinds of landscapes. Whether you’re looking for a destination that combines lake views with the mountains or you’re looking for a more sandy lake vacation, this list of five U.S. lakes to visit this summer has got you covered.
1. Great Salt Lake
Even saltier than the ocean, the Great Salt Lake is a wonderful lake destination that blends the feeling of a seaside adventure with the delights of Utah. Lagoon Amusement Park is a fun nearby attraction for if you ever get tired of lounging on the white sand beaches and taking in the views of the pink salt and the islands.
2. Lake Washington
There are many beautiful things in Washington State and Lake Washington is one of the best! This 20-mile-long lake sits on one side of Seattle and can be accessed easily from anywhere in the city. Since it’s so close to the city, there’s a lot of things to do near Lake Washington.
If you’re wanting to pair urban comfort with a peaceful lakeside vacation, Lake Washington is for you. There are plenty of tours centered around Lake Washington. Enjoy a cocktail cruise through the lake and see the sights of Seattle while enjoying a complimentary first round of drinks!
3. Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan is one of the more iconic lakes in the U.S. It spans over 22,000 square miles, and it’s famous for its extensive sand dunes! Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park shows off the unique landscape and animals of the Lake Michigan area along with beautiful forests and high dunes where you can get great views of the lake.
There’s also a system of islands across the lake, including Beaver Island, which is known as America’s Emerald Isle. Visitors can also explore the dozens of lighthouses surrounding the lake and learn about the history of the shipping industry on Lake Michigan at the Michigan Maritime Museum.
4. Crater Lake
Crate Lake formed a few thousand years ago when a volcanic eruption caused a mountain peak to collapse. Since then, this rain and snow-melt-fed lake has dazzled visitors from around the country and around the world. It’s the deepest lake in the U.S. at almost 2,000 feet deep!
If you like to fish, you’re in luck! Crater Lake is home to both salmon and rainbow trout. Visitors can also enjoy the restaurants around the lake and stay at the lodges so they can take in the incredible views all day long.
5. Lake George
Discover the self-proclaimed birthplace of the American vacation and enjoy the peaceful and charmingly rustic environment of this lakeside area. Lake George has been a popular destination in Upstate New York for years. And with good reason! With over 100 miles of shoreline and more than 300 islands, Lake George might just be the perfect destination for an American lakeside vacation.
There are so many things to do around Lake George. Visitors can whitewater raft on the Hudson, take a tour with the Lake George Steamboat Company, and visit historic homes. Or stop by the Adirondack Winery for a tour and tasting!
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