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6 Breathtaking US Lakes to Visit This Summer

If you didn’t notice already, summer is about to end and with the season boiling down to cooler temperatures and sweater weather, there’s nothing like traveling to the lake for some quality rest and relaxation in these remaining days of the season. From fun and affordable lakes ideal for romantic getaways or social gatherings, the U.S. boasts a diverse and beautiful range of amazing lakes.

But these lakes aren’t just mesmerizing stretches of water with ample fishing and boating opportunities for family and friends to indulge in. They offer a great range of exciting activities on, off, and away from the waters with places to camp, stay and eat.

Wallowa Lake, Oregon

Though known as “The Crown Jewel,” the more accurate title is what some call “WOW of the Wallowas.” Surrounded by snow-tipped mountains, Wallowa is lined with beautiful homes and businesses and home to the historic Wallowa Lake Lodge. As a gateway to Hells Canyon and the spellbinding Eagle Cap wilderness, tourists can treat themselves from a diverse range of activities from fishing, horseback riding or the gondola lift to the summit of Mount Howard.

Lake Chelan, Washington

As one of the longest natural lakes in Washington and the third deepest in the U.S., Lake Chelan is more than just fishing or boating. Formed after a glacier-carved valley flooded, Chelan is home to dozens of trails along the 55-mile long lake lined with snow tipped cascades. With clear waters and picturesque landscapes, this alpine retreat with small town charm welcomes wine, sun, natural beauty, and adventures fine-tuned to your tastes.

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Lake Charles, Louisiana

If you crave Cajun culture, Lake Charles in the heart of bayou country is your ideal glitzy locale. Catering to an assorted spectrum of tastes and award-winning golf courses, this waterfront treasure has a thriving nightlife with hot entertainment and swinging casinos. If you feel adventurous, head out to the 180-mile Creole Nature Trail All-American Road. Brimming with marshlands of wild life, beaches, fishing, and crabbing, it’s no wonder environmentalists call it one of America’s “Last Great Wildernesses.”

Flathead Lake, Montana

Touted one of the largest natural freshwater lakes west of the Mississippi, Flathead is surrounded by state parks and campgrounds around its shoreline. And you can expect more than just campfires, angling, and swimming. With wild horses roaming about, tourists can bask in the beauty of its mountainous regions with equestrian lessons, trail rides, and cookouts at a long list of dude ranches.

Lake Wawasee, Indiana

Usually home to 3,000 full-time residents, this popular retreat in northeastern Indiana welcomes 35,000 seasonal residents a year. Seen as a water lover’s paradise, Wawasee is the largest natural lake in the state with access to Syracuse Lake’s 3,500 acres of water for recreational fun like waterskiing, parasailing, and canoeing. With homes and condominiums lining the shore and waterways, Wawasee boasts five gorgeous marinas, luxurious inns and resorts like the Oakwood, and a thriving nightlife of restaurants and diners.

Lake Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Surrounded by dozens of lakes, there’s no better place to get your chakras in order than in Idaho’s lakeside playground. Perfect for hiking, meditating and camping, Coeur d’Alene is an enchanting gem. With spectacular sunsets and moonrises, this natural lake in the Idaho Panhandle welcomes tourists year-round. Boasting stunning coastlines with scenic views, a lively downtown, family theme parks, and one of the world’s top golfing grounds, fun is always in bloom.

What are some of your favorite lakes in the U.S.? Let us know in the comments below.

Featured image: Lake Wawasee, Indiana

 

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