Best US Lakes To Vacation

Don’t let living in a land-locked state keep you from visiting the beach and sparkling water! Here are our top 5 lakes in the US, all of which offer different draws that keep visitors coming back every summer. Read on to find out which one would be perfect for you to visit!

Lake Michigan: Our favorite of the great lakes.
Best for: Families or couples wanting a relaxing getaway with plenty to see and do.
Beaches: This Lake is more like an ocean, with more than 1,600 miles of shoreline, gorgeous, pristine beaches.
Water: The water is very cool, but many still swim during the warm summer months, as water sports abound. How clear the water is will surprise you!
Nearby: Plenty of resorts and campgrounds to customize your stay.


Lake Tahoe, CA & NV: Straddling California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is the second deepest lake in the U.S.
Best for: Couples seeking year-round fun and excitement.
Beaches: The 71 miles of coast feature a panorama of surrounding mountains on all sides.
Water: Lake Tahoe is a freshwater lake with clarity of up to 70 feet! Even during the summer, the water temperatures stay around 65-70 degrees, but that doesn’t faze many from swimming.
Nearby: Plenty of cycling, golf, hiking, skiing and an active nightlife on the south side attributed to the casinos in Nevada.


Lake George, NY: At the base of the Adirondack Mountains in New York, this lake has something for everyone.
Best for: Couples and families who enjoy history and adventure of all kinds.
Beaches: There are three sandy, public beaches on Lake George: the Million Dollar Beach (with lifeguards on duty, changing rooms and plenty of sand), Shepard’s Park Beach (the most popular beach that’s centrally located near restaurants and shopping) and Usher’s Park Beach (safer for small children, lifeguard on duty and a nearby playground).
Water: Don’t miss boarding one of the famous steamboats to tour Lake George, or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, try parasailing!
Nearby: Lake George has a lot of history, with two great forts, Fort William Henry and Fort Ticonderoga, which are both open to the public. Around the lake you’ll find hiking, golfing, mini-golfing, horseback riding and much more.


Lake Havasu: The “supreme beach experience” in the middle of Arizona.
Best for: Families seeking fun, adventure and swimming with a bigger city nearby. Especially great for dog lovers, as most of the beaches are dog-friendly!
Beaches: 400 miles of coast with clean sand and virtually no biting insects
Water: Freshwater replenished by the CO River with 20-25 feet of visibility. The water stays warm well into the fall, making it perfect for swimming.
Nearby: The city of Lake Havasu boasts plenty of restaurants and shopping, hiking trails and the famous London bridge tourist attraction brought here when it was replaced in 1968.


Lake Norman, North Carolina: Located in central North Carolina, Lake Norman is perfect for water lovers!
Best for: Couples and families who love water sports and golfing.
Beaches: Although there are over 500 miles of shoreline, it’s said the best way to experience the lake is by boat. There are, however, several swimming areas.
Water: Lake Norman is a water sports paradise with wonderful water skiing, wakeboarding, boating, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and sailing. Warm weather makes for comfortable and sparkling water.
Nearby: Three unique nearby towns, Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville, each have great leisure activities including upscale shopping and golfing.


What’s your favorite land-locked beach? What do you love most about visiting lakes?


  • August 1, 2012


    I prefer Lake James or Lake Lure. Both are in North Carolina.
    My sister would prefer Lake Poygan in Wisconsin.

  • August 10, 2012


    So many memories… Here are some nice western lakes to add to your blog post…

    California – Lake Shasta (great houseboating)
    Montana – Lake McDonald, (stunning views of Glacier Park mountains)
    Montana – Holter Lake (featuring Gates of the Mountains)
    Montana – Flathead Lake (check out the cherry orchards, largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi)
    Wyoming – Yellowstone Lake (snowmobiling in the winter!)

  • September 1, 2012


    Deep Creek Lake, western Maryland