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10 of the Most Beautiful Lake Towns in the U.S.

It is never too early to start planning your next vacation! One of the best parts about lake vacations is the number of activities and the fact that they can be enjoyed year-round. It is no surprise to Austin-area locals like me that Lake Travis made the list! If you don't already have your favorite go-to spot, or are looking to check out some place new, check out these ten beautiful lake towns across the United States!

  1. Wolfeboro, New Hampshire: Wolfeboro is located on the shores of New Hampshire's largest lake - Lake Winnipesaukee. Slow down and take in the towering mountains and lush forest areas. There are also a variety of outdoor adventures, from skiing to hiking, boating, fishing, and hiking. Downtown Wolfeboro is a quintessential small New England town and offers shopping, restaurants, accommodations, and more.

  2. Copper Harbor, Michigan: Copper Harbor has plenty to offer year-round, including world-class restaurants, comfortable accommodations, fishing, canoeing, hiking and camping at Fort Wilkins Historic State Park.

  3. Hammondsport, New York: Hammondsport's appeal cannot be understated. Besides enjoying adventures including jet skiing, kayaking, and fishing on Keuka lake, visitors can partake in some of the finest wine in the country, savor delicious food, or visit one of the nearby wineries or breweries.

  4. Grand Lake, Colorado: Grand Lake offers its visitors both Grand Lake and the Rocky Mountains and is well-equipped with plenty of accommodations, shops, and restaurants. If you're looking to do more than take in the stunning view, you can choose from a variety of activities including hiking, biking, skiing, fishing, and kayaking.

  5. Mammoth Lakes, California: You can visit Mammoth Lakes any time of year and have a great time. Upon arriving at Mammoth Lakes, you will be greeted by towering mountains, picturesque lakes, hot springs, trails for hiking, and so much more. Mammoth Lakes is also a well-known ski destination and it has plenty of accommodations, restaurants, and shopping to enjoy.

  6. Laconia, New Hampshire: Laconia is located between Lake Winnipesaukee and Winnisquam Lake and is surrounded by dense forest areas and mountains. Besides taking in the beauty, you can enjoy activities including hiking, boating, shopping, and visiting local historic sites.

  7. Sandpoint, Idaho: Are you ready for mountain views and outdoor activities? Take in the beautiful scenery and enjoy trails for hiking or biking and kayaking on the lake. Sandpoint offers ample accommodations, shops, restaurants, art galleries, multiple beaches, and skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.

  8. Lakeway, Texas: Located next to Lake Travis, Lakeway has become a highly sought after area and Lake Travis has become a highly desirable place to visit. Lakeway offers gorgeous natural scenery, and is close to plenty of things to do when you're not on the lake, including being close to downtown Austin. Lakeway is ripe with luxury resorts, restaurants, shopping, and so much more.

  9. Lake Placid, New York: Located in the stunning Adirondacks, Lake Placid is poised to offer year-round activities. Enjoy kayaking or taking a hike on the surrounding mountains in the summertime, and ice skating, skiing, or snowshoeing during the winter. Lake Placid's shops, lakeside restaurants, and hotels with views can be enjoyed all year long.

  10. Big Bear Lake, California: Not only is Big Bear Lake positioned on the shores of a beautiful lake, but it is also located in the San Bernadino Mountains. Big Bear Lake visitors can enjoy a wide range of activities, including hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, world-class resorts, restaurants, and museums. There are also ski areas if you plan to visit in the winter.


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