7 Lake Vacations To Dive Into This Fall

In nearly every culture, water is considered to have healing and balancing effects, which might explain why so many people love visiting America’s lakes. “Humans are drawn to water,” says Jerry Dennis, author of The Bird in the Waterfall: Exploring the Amazing World of Water. “We’re 70 percent made of it, of course.”

Post-Labor Day, when summer crowds have dwindled, may be the best time to enjoy some lakeside moments. Click through the slideshow below to see the best places across the country to take in the ultimate #lakevibes.

Lake Placid, N.Y.

The site of two winter Olympic Games, Lake Placid, in the Adirondack Mountains, is heaven for outdoorsy types, and the area’s lush green forests, pristine waters and crisp air make any stroll feel like a retreat. For a firsthand taste of competitive thrill, try barreling down the Olympic bobsled track at Whiteface Mountain.

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Lake Placid, N.Y.

The site of two winter Olympic Games, Lake Placid, in the Adirondack Mountains, is heaven for outdoorsy types, and the area’s lush green forests, pristine waters and crisp air make any stroll feel like a retreat. For a firsthand taste of competitive thrill, try barreling down the Olympic bobsled track at Whiteface Mountain.

The site of two Olympic Games, Lake Placid, in the Adirondack Mountains, is heaven for outdoorsy types, and the area’s lush green forests, pristine waters and crisp air make any stroll feel like a retreat. For a firsthand taste of competitive thrill, try barreling down the Olympic bobsled track at Whiteface Mountain.

Lake Placid, N.Y.

Lake Champlain, Vt.

This serene body of water offers roughly 600 miles of spectacular shoreline. Bike around the lake and pop into art galleries in Burlington, or hike scenic trails for prime leaf peeping. Ice fishing is popular in winter, and cozy bed-and-breakfasts will have you waking up in wild forests.

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Lake Champlain, Vt.

This serene body of water offers roughly 600 miles of spectacular shoreline. Bike around the lake and pop into art galleries in Burlington, or hike scenic trails for prime leaf peeping. Ice fishing is popular in winter, and cozy bed-and-breakfasts will have you waking up in wild forests.

This serene body of water offers roughly 600 miles of spectacular shoreline. Ice fishing is popular in winter, and cozy B&B's will have you waking up in wild forests.

Lake Champlain, Vt.

Lake Tahoe, Calif./Nev.

Sapphire-colored waters and sunny autumn days make this area picture-perfect. In Tahoe South, bundle up for a boat ride, then warm up over an evening bonfire. Around Tahoe North, hike deep into the Sierra Nevadas along any of several trails.

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Lake Tahoe, Calif./Nev.

Sapphire-colored waters and sunny autumn days make this area picture-perfect. In Tahoe South, bundle up for a boat ride, then warm up over an evening bonfire. Around Tahoe North, hike deep into the Sierra Nevadas along any of several trails.

Sapphire-colored waters and sunny autumn days make this area picture-perfect. In Tahoe South, bundle up for a boat ride, then warm up over an evening bonfire. Around Tahoe North, hike deep into the Sierra Nevadas along several trails.

Lake Tahoe, Calif./Nev.

Crater Lake, Ore.

The ocean-like reaches of the deepest lake in America is attributed to an implosion of a volcano about 7,000 years ago. Test your hiking fitness on Cleetwood Cove Trail, which leads down to the water and has a thrilling, steep grade of nearly 700 feet within one mile.

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Crater Lake, Ore.

The ocean-like reaches of the deepest lake in America is attributed to an implosion of a volcano about 7,000 years ago. Test your hiking fitness on Cleetwood Cove Trail, which leads down to the water and has a thrilling, steep grade of nearly 700 feet within one mile.

Test your hiking fitness on Cleetwood Cove Trail, which leads down to the water and has a thrilling, steep grade of nearly 700 feet within one mile.

Crater Lake, Ore.

Lake Charles, La.

Why not dive into the area’s boisterous food and music scene year-round? In the fall, don’t miss the Calca-Chew Food Festival celebrating Cajun delights like jambalaya and boudin. Offshore, see alligators, birds and other local wildlife on the Creole Nature Trail.

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Lake Charles, La.

Why not dive into the area’s boisterous food and music scene year-round? In the fall, don’t miss the Calca-Chew Food Festival celebrating Cajun delights like jambalaya and boudin. Offshore, see alligators, birds and other local wildlife on the Creole Nature Trail.

Why not dive into the area’s boisterous food and music scene year-round? In the fall, don’t miss the Calca-Chew Food Festival celebrating Cajun delights like jambalaya and boudin. Offshore, see alligators, birds and other local wildlife on the Creole Nature Trail.

Lake Charles, La.

Lake Superior

Whether you’re looking to fish in the largest freshwater lake in the world or Instagram the granite coves and pine tree-dotted shoreline, the vastness of Lake Superior makes it an ideal destination for road trips from Minnesota, Ontario, Michigan and Wisconsin. You’ll encounter several lighthouses along the way (check out the Split Rock in Two Harbors, Minn.), the impressive Kakabeka Falls in Canada, and even explore some lake lore at the Great Lake Shipwreck Museum in Whitefish Point, Mich.

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Lake Superior

Whether you’re looking to fish in the largest freshwater lake in the world or Instagram the granite coves and pine tree-dotted shoreline, the vastness of Lake Superior makes it an ideal destination for road trips from Minnesota, Ontario, Michigan and Wisconsin. You’ll encounter several lighthouses along the way (check out the Split Rock in Two Harbors, Minn.), the impressive Kakabeka Falls in Canada, and even explore some lake lore at the Great Lake Shipwreck Museum in Whitefish Point, Mich.

Whether you’re looking to fish in the largest freshwater lake in the world or Instagram the granite coves and pine tree-dotted shoreline, the vastness of Lake Superior makes it an ideal destination for road trips from Minnesota, Ontario, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Lake Superior

Table Rock Lake, Mo.

This man-made lake, created in 1958, is one of the most popular destinations in the Ozarks because it offers an array of activities ranging from lakeside dining to fishing and camping. In the fall, book a rustic cabin on the waterfront or jump onto a Ride the Ducks tour in nearby Branson.

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Table Rock Lake, Mo.

This man-made lake, created in 1958, is one of the most popular destinations in the Ozarks because it offers an array of activities ranging from lakeside dining to fishing and camping. In the fall, book a rustic cabin on the waterfront or jump onto a Ride the Ducks tour in nearby Branson.

This man-made lake, created in 1958, is one of the most popular destinations in the Ozarks because it offers an array of activities from lakeside dining to fishing and camping.

Table Rock Lake, Mo.

 

Before you hit the road this fall, make sure your car is covered with the right auto insurance. If you have plans to hit the water, don’t forget about boat insurance too. Get a fast, free quote online from the GEICO Insurance Agency.

By Bao Ong

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