Spectacular Lake Vacations Across the U.S.

By Lauren Viera - 2013-06-14T16:43:17Z

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Lake Champlain

Vermont and Quebec

Lake getaways offer the perfect combination of water warm enough for wading and calm enough for canoeing (not to mention clean enough for moonlit skinny-dipping)—and there are plenty of destinations within a half-day's drive from major cities…

There’s a reason Lake Champlain temporarily became the sixth Great Lake in 1998: It’s gorgeous. If you live in the Northeast, it’s a must-visit, in spite of the heady journey. It’s a four-hour drive from either Boston or New York City (about two-and-a-half hours from Montreal); the journey through the increasingly dense, fragrant forests toward the lake sets the mood for a serene getaway.

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