Best Lakes Are Perfect For Your Summer Holiday
If you are planing a trip for summer holiday, I think you can try to spend your days in lake. When the temperatures soar, you can’t beat an escape to a lake town. Amble down a shady street for an ice cream cone, paddle pristine waters in a canoe, or dive in for a refreshing swim. After you visit one of these summertime gems, you may never want to go home.
Take your pick: come to Green Lake to kick back and relax, or jump into fun activities like golfing, jet skiing and sailing. Pack a picnic dinner and take off for a casual sunset cruise, or wet a hook to catch perch, white bass and panfish in the deep, chilly water.
Summer weekends bring concerts in the park and a series of classical, jazz, and other musical performances at the Thrasher Opera House, while restaurants and bars routinely offer live music. Bring the family and try tubing, tent-camping or snorkeling, and roast some marshmallows before you head home.
Bring your hiking boots and make your way from the lake into the Adirondacks, where 46 High Peaks, two of which soar over 5,000 feet high, offer breathtaking views. For an easier walk, take the whole family on Cobble Hill trail, or choose the 2.7-mile scenic trail around Mirror Lake. Mountain and road bikes are welcome on many trails. Motorboat, raft, fish or paddle on one of the ponds, rivers and lakes in the area; the fly-fishing is great on the West Branch of the Ausable.
Catch a ride on the popular Lady of the Lake steamer when you visit glacier-fed Lake Chelan, if you can fit it in between windsurfing, kayaking, fishing and swimming. The weather’s almost always fine; Lake Chelan Valley boasts 300 days of sunshine a year. Enjoy fine dining and wine tastings, too. There are more than 24 wineries dotting the shores around the pristine, blue water. Lodgings here range from luxurious resorts to charming B&Bs, and from family-friendly hotels to private rental cabins.
Lake Champlain Region
The mountains meet the water at Lake Champlain, the country’s sixth largest lake. History buffs, this one’s for you: military action in the Revolutionary War, French and Indian War and the War of 1812 occurred in this region, and you can explore the ruins of Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point. Multiple museums commemorate the Underground Railroad, Adirondack architecture and more. Look for a maritime history museum on the Vermont side of the lake. Prefer the outdoors? Hike, canoe, paddleboard, or simply soak up the sun on miles of shoreline.
Bigfork sits 2,900 feet above Flathead Lake, in the mountains of northwestern Montana. Glacier National Park is nearby, where you can spot elk, mountain goats and bighorn sheep; it’s also home to grizzly bears, cougars, gray wolves and other wild creatures. Flathead is the biggest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi, with over 180 miles of shoreline, and it offers spectacular fishing (the lake trout can weight from 5 to 30 pounds) and boating. Saddle up at a guest ranch and go horseback riding, take a Hot Hatha yoga class, shoot sporting clays or book a llama trek—the possibilities seem endless. Shoppers can browse art galleries, antique stores, as well as farmers’ markets and orchards.
Here, the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains invite you to hike, explore and photograph the spectacular vistas. Mammoth Lakes is near a large volcanic depression, so look for fantastic craters, lava tubes, outcroppings of quartz and black obsidian, granite domes and hot springs. Ride the Mammoth Mountain gondola to 11,053 feet for 360-degree scenic views, and stop by the interpretive center to learn about the region's geology and natural history. This is Mother Nature’s playground, where you can bike, boat and fish. Maybe you’d rather try zip-lining, horseback riding or rock climbing, or take off for a sky-high helicopter tour. Summer events include bike races; a week-long Bach Fest of concert music; an annual Fly-In, featuring experimental, classic and general aviation aircraft; and, of course, fireworks for the Fourth of July.