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Sure, coastal beaches and tropical islands may be what first come to mind when thinking of summer vacation destinations. But when it comes to outdoor recreation and even beachside relaxation, America’s lake towns have just as much, if not more, to offer.

Short of big waves for surfing, some of the best U.S. lakes offer visitors the chance to participate in nearly any water sport imaginable. And since they’re considered superb locations for summer holidays, the nearby towns are bustling with lots to do as well. Not to mention, these charming locales boast some of the most stunningly scenic landscapes in all of America. From central Washington to New Hampshire’s Newport, these are some of the most spectacularly scenic and, of course, adventurous lake towns in the U.S.