If you can’t stand the late summer heat, get out of the kitchen — then pack your picnic basket, grab your goggles, and head out to the water. Nothing says a Labor Day weekend getaway better than a day of water skiing, barbecue, fishing, or simply lounging in a picturesque playground beside a cool blue lake.
For your consideration, here are five of the best lake destinations in the country.
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1. Lake Superior: Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin
Best for fishing: Lake Superior is so huge it could easily hold all of the water from all of the other Great Lakes combined. That means there’s plenty of room for fish to thrive — salmon, trout, walleye, herring, northern pike, and many other species can be caught in abundance along the lake’s tri-state shores.
2. Crater Lake: Oregon
Best for scuba diving: Other lakes have shipwrecks or sunken towns, but only Crater Lake offers the bragging rights of diving into a flooded volcano that happens to be the deepest lake in the U.S. (and ninth deepest in the world). Forests of towering evergreens and 2,000-foot-high cliffs surround the lake. Brace yourself before diving in — the water temperature rarely rises above 55 degrees.
3. Lake Michigan: Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois
Best for beaches: With more than 1,600 miles of shoreline, Lake Michigan offers more beaches than any other American lake. If you want to combine some big city energy with your relaxing beach getaway, stay at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile nestled in the heart of Michigan Avenue but not far from the Lake Michigan. You can enjoy free Wi-Fi while posting your beach pics to Instagram, Facebook, or your other favorite social networks.
4. Caddo Lake: Texas, Louisiana
Best for sightseeing: Straddling the Texas-Louisiana border, Caddo Lake spans nearly 26,000 acres and is a favorite among canoers and bird watchers. With its moss-covered cypress trees and labyrinth of bogs and bayous, Caddo has a haunting, enchanting beauty.
5. Finger Lakes: New York
Best for wine tastings: With more than a hundred vintners, the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York is the prime wine region of the Eastern U.S. The largest concentration of tasting rooms is along Highway 414 on the east side of Lake Seneca. At the end of your day, head just an hour north to Rochester and relax at the Hyatt Regency Rochester Hotel near Genesee River’s High Falls, one of three voluminous waterfalls that flow through the city.