America boasts over three million lakes, and nearly all of them offer myriad opportunities for an ideal family getaway. Many water-loving families would take a lake vacation over a trip to the ocean any day of the week. They simply prefer freshwater to salt water and like not having to worry about seaweed or sharks. Plus, lake destinations are typically much more affordable than beach getaways at the ocean.
Northbound and Lakeside
You'll find lakes in every state in the union, but if you're looking for sheer number, point your compass north. You'll find the largest number of lakes in Alaska—where there are over three million freshwater bodies—followed by Minnesota, a state nicknamed “the land of 10,000 lakes" but where the actual number is closer to 12,000.
Some lake destinations, like Lake Tahoe, California, and Lake Placid, New York, are most famous as winter getaway destinations although they attract families all year-round. For the most part, we think of lakes as quintessential summer-vacation magnets. From Maine's lake district and New York's Finger Lakes to the Iowa Great Lakes and Wisconsin's Door County, clusters of gorgeous lakes draw summer vacationers year after year.
Further west, family favorites include Lake Powell, Coeur d'Alene, Lake McDonald, the largest lake in Glacier National Park, and Crater Lake, which is celebrated for its vibrant blue color and water clarity.
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