Summer is finally upon us, which means one thing: it’s vacay time. While European beach getaways are always magical, they’re expensive, involve long flights, passports, and a lot of planning. If you’re looking for an easy getaway, check out the best American lakes. There are approximately 125,000 lakes in the U.S., so, even if there’s not one in your neighborhood, visiting one of the American lakes is infinitely easier than flying to Europe.
Need a little inspo? Here are ten of the best American lakes:
5.) Best American Lakes: Lake Superior
Location: Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin
Lake Superior is not only the largest of the Great Lakes, it’s the largest lake in the world! At 31,700 square miles, Lake Superior is approximately the size of Austria. It holds 2,900 cubic miles of water, which would be enough to flood both North and South America with one foot of water. Shared by both Canada and the US, it’s US coasts include Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
Lake Superior differentiates itself from most alpine lakes due to its sandy coastline, which looks more beach-like than lake-like. With its crystal clear waters, it’s a popular spot for families, singles, and college kids. Fishing is popular, and in the winter ice caves attract the adventurous type.
Due to its massive size, Lake Superior isn’t overpopulated with summer crowds – there are so many places to go! Popular lakeside towns include Whitefish Point, Grand Marais, Munising, Marquette and Copper Harbor, all of which remain relatively uncrowded, even during the busy season. If you’re looking to get away to one of the best American lakes this summer and enjoy crisp, cool waters, white sandy beaches, and a bit of nature, consider a visit to Lake Superior.