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  • May


    by SwimOutlet Staff

    When the temperatures heat up for summer, there’s nothing better than a dip in the water. For many, that means a trip to the beach or a swim in the pool. But lake trips are also a popular option in many parts of the country with easy access to the crisp, crystal blue paradise of a freshwater lake. Check out these five lake spots for a fun getaway this summer!

    Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada 

    One of the most well-known lakes in the country can get a little over-crowded at peak season, but for some, that’s the point. Swim, hike, SUP, or kayak during the day and enjoy the casinos and restaurants in South Lake Tahoe or Tahoe City in the evenings. There are still enough hidden spots to discover and find your calling in and around Lake Tahoe. From the south shore, boat into Emerald Bay and see Fannette Island, hike Eagle Falls, or visit Vikingsholm Castle. Or, consider staying in the quaint old railroad town of Truckee for easy trips to any part of North Lake Tahoe area.

    Whitefish Lake, Montana

    Whitefish Lake is surrounded by some of the most picturesque scenery in the country and is just 45 minutes from Glacier National Park. With the quaint town of Whitefish at its southern end and biking paths that run along the lake, there’s plenty of activities for everyone when you’re not swimming. Plus, head further south to visit the larger Flathead Lake with the option to kayak out to Wild Horse Island.


    Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire

    This is a popular option for Boston locals when the temperatures rise and you want to avoid the Cape Cod crowds. Lake Winni as most call it, is the biggest lake in the state of New Hampshire and has over 12 towns around it – giving you plenty of lodging options and activities for kids. For more fun beyond the lake, head just an hour further north to hit the scenic White Mountains and Franconia Notch State Park.

    Adirondack Mountains, New York

    The Adirondack Mountains in northern New York take up some 6 million acres, larger than some states in New England on their own, and were formed from glacial forces. So, it’s no surprise to learn that there are more than 3000 lakes to choose from when planning your trip here. Check out popular Lake George, known as the Queen of American Lakes, or go more rustic at Tupper or Saranac Lake. Regardless of where you go, you’ll find refreshing water for swimming and the Adirondack High Peaks nearby for a family hike.


    Geneva Lake, Wisconsin

    Minnesota might boast 10,000 lakes, but Wisconsin has more than double that number -- so head to the town of Lake Geneva and visit the Gilded Age mansions built by wealthy Chicago-residents before the turn of the century. With over a dozen hotels and resorts to choose from within earshot of the lake, you are sure to find the right fit to suit your budget and needs before spending the day splashing away!



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