Perfect Lake Vacations Across America


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…

Finger Lakes, New York. Smack in the middle of New York, this collection of more than a dozen skinny, three-mile-wide lakes (they really do look like fingers from a bird’s eye view) stretch toward Lake Ontario, anchoring several villages within the 9,000 square-mile region. The main draw? Wine. There are more than 100 wineries in the region, not to mention a massive cultural scene: You’ll find more than 200 museums and art galleries, plus a professional theater group for each major hub.

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