Imagine yourself sitting in a wooden rocking chair on a porch beside a crystal-clear blue lake. You’re surrounded by towering pine trees and equipped with simple luxuries: a good book and a glass of mint tea. Why not make this scenario a reality for yourself? Seize the day and plan your escape to a beautiful lakeside retreat.
1. Lake Powell
Lake Powell, sitting on the border of Utah and Arizona, is so much more than a quaint lake in a remote, wooded area. Technically a reservoir on the Colorado River, Lake Powell is surrounded by a handful of other famous, natural wonders, such as Glen Canyon National Park and all the marvelous attractions it offers, including Antelope Canyon. So what can you do on your trip to Lake Powell? Begin by canoeing on Lake Powell itself and stopping off on the rocky shores intermittently to cool off or indulge in a picnic lunch. After a bit of time on the water, venture to other sights surrounding the lake, namely the Colorado River for a lazy river tubing tour.
Once you’re ready to dry off and take advantage of dryland activities, plan a trekking execution to Horseshoe Bend, perfect for a day hike. Start off at the Dam Overlook, then hike to the Hanging Garden, and finish off at Horseshoe Bend for a 1.5-mile round-trip hike. If you still have more energy to expend, hike a bit further to Antelope Point and the Chains.
2. Lake Champlain
A picturesque lake in Vermont? What could possibly sound more inviting than that? If you’re coming from New York, take the scenic route over the Lake Champlain Bridge Heritage Area, or if you’re already in Vermont, experience the view on that bridge via the bike path or the pedestrian walkway. Afterward, head to Ballard Park, a plush, green, open area perfect for picnicking by the lake.
If you’re in Lake Champlain during the summer, you’re likely to catch a live music concert. For hiking, take to the Champlain Area Trails, which invites visitors to explore over 200 miles of trails. Finally, plan a day trip to Ausable Chasm. It is the oldest natural attraction in the country and was first established in 1870. Wander the more than five miles of forest trails, tube or river raft down the Ausable River, and rock climb or rappel down the magnificent cliffs surrounding the river.
3. Lake Winnebago
Lake Winnebago, located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, is an ideal vacation destination for every type of traveler: the free-spirited solo traveler, the senior citizen, the family with young kids, the newly married couple. Everyone is invited to Lake Winnebago. Walk a wooden bridge to the 1987 Asylum Point Lighthouse, grab some grub (specifically all-American classics like wings, hot dogs, and hamburgers) at the community staple Friar Tuck’s, and sample chocolates at Hughes’ Home Maid Chocolates. They pride themselves on creating delicious treats made solely with locally sourced ingredients and providing a vast selection of sweets, including Easter eggs, cherry cordials, creams and oysters, and dark chocolates. For water activities, take a cruise on the Loos Cruise, a paddlewheel riverboat with food and a full bar. Other water activities to try at Lake Winnebago include tubing, Jet Skiing, speed boating, paddleboarding, kayaking, and canoeing. You’ll see plenty of fellow boating enthusiasts during your lakeside retreat!
4. Lake Cumberland
Another beautiful lake to check out is Lake Cumberland, located in Jamestown, Kentucky. Drive over to the neighboring town of Russell Springs and enjoy the many recreational activities available at the Lakewood Country Club. There you’ll find an 18-hole golf course, a driving range, a swimming pool, tennis courts, and a snack bar. For boating on the lake, rent a boat from Lake Cumberland State Dock Marina. They have any boat you’re looking for, whether it’s a speed boat or a pontoon. After spending several hours on the lake, enjoy a leisurely dinner at one of the waterfront restaurants near the marina. Another appealing aspect of Lake Cumberland is the Lake Cumberland State Resort Park. Surrounding the lake, you’ll find miles of trails perfect for hiking, running, and even horseback riding. There are also plenty of beautiful areas throughout the park for camping in a tent, trailer, or cabin. If you’re up for a drive, visit the nearby parks, including General Burnside State Park and Daniel Boone National Forest.
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