Growing up on the east coast, I always considered myself lucky that the ocean was just a few hours away. In the Mid-Atlantic area, the beach seems to be the vacation of choice for many families. But a recent article I found on Pinterest reminded me of how many beautiful lakes there are throughout the US. The Huffington Post article “10 Beaches That Will Make You Want to Visit the Great Lakes Immediately” did make me want to pack my bags and head to Lake Michigan.
Unfortunately, my family won’t make it all the way to the Great Lakes this year, but we hope to spend a few days at a lake closer to home. So here are five destinations for a summer lake vacation, a few of which are easily accessible by car from the DC area.
If a lake vacation sounds appealing, but you just don’t know where to start, use a resource such as Lakehouse Vacations, which allows you to search for a vacation rental at over 3000 lakes around the country. It’s helpful because you can get a sense of the lake communities in each state, and then move on to a bigger rental site like VRBO or HomeAway. With most vacation rental sites, you can filter your search with the amenities that you are looking for, such as a boat dock or outdoor firepit. You are sure to find the perfect house for a wonderful summer vacation.