If ocean beaches aren’t your thing, you’re in luck! The U.S. not only has the biggest freshwater lakes in the world with the Great Lakes—there are also fabulous smaller lakes tucked away in every region of the country. Grab your Okabashi sandals and go explore!
Moosehead Lake, ME. The grande dame of Maine lakes is for those who love peace and quiet, nature, and solitude. If you want to sit on your dock at night and hear nothing but loons and maybe catch a glance of the Northern Lights, Maine’s largest lake is for you.
Lake Winnipesaukee, NH. Famous for being the summer home of the Romneys and Steven Tyler, this huge lake has it all: charming villages, sandy beaches, mountain views, and every water sport imaginable.
Lake Lure, NC. Dirty Dancing was filmed at this gorgeous mountain lake less than two hours from Charlotte. Along with swimming and boating, the region has great zip-lining, rock climbing, and hiking.
Lake Superior, MI. The famous Circle Drive around Lake Superior (bring your passport to get into Canada) includes funky small cities like Duluth and stunning scenery on Minnesota’s North Shore.
Lake Powell, UT. The otherworldly scenery created by clear water in the red rock canyons should be on your bucket list. Most visitors camp or rent a houseboat or powerboat for the world’s most stunning waterskiing.
Lake Tahoe, CA. This huge high-elevation lake that straddles the CA and NV borders has clear water perfect for stand up paddling boarding, boating, and scuba—all surrounded by breathtaking mountain views.