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The 9 Best Lake Towns in the US

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Montana: Big Fork

Flathead Lake is considered one of the top lake town destinations in Montana. But it’s also the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi. It covers over 200sqmi with 185mi of gorgeous shoreline and crystal-clear blue waters.

One of the most unique towns to visit in the state is Bigfork, known for its Old West feel, with lodgings comparable to what you’d find in Colorado’s mining country.

There are plenty of modern delights to enjoy as well, including a theater, art galleries, and festivals like their annual Festival of the Arts.

Besides the water sports like swimming, fishing, and paddling, there are endless miles of trails for hiking that will provide you with panoramic views of the lake. Plus, you’ll have many accommodation options, including cabin rentals, hotels, and resorts.

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10 thoughts on “The 9 Best Lake Towns in the US”

  1. I can’t believe Lake George, New York wasn’t included in your nine best lake towns article. The cleanest and most stunning lake in the US. Thirty two miles of non polluted waters. Camping on the islands of the lake as well as many other local locations. Gourmet dining and many resorts, the most spectacular being the Sagamore Resort in beautiful Bolton Landing. Perhaps you should add this to your areas to explore in your next travel article,

    Karen Howard

  2. Kathleen Lundman

    I come from Northern Michigan and this area, Copper Harbor, is 50 miles South from my home. Copper Harbor is actually at the very end of the state of Michigan. U.S. Highway 41 has a sign there that says that is the very end of Northern Michigan and that highway would run right into the water! This highway actually still runs south through many states and ends way down in Miami, Florida! Lake Superior is the” Big Lake” and it surrounds that peak of land that ends in Copper Harbor. Also located very near by is Fort Wilkens. It’s a very old Fort and a sight to see since they have restored it over the years to be the way it was when it was first built.

  3. My parent’s home was right on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, NH…with a beautiful view and lovely, friendly people!
    There’s nothing commercial, very historic and a wonderful place too live or visit!

  4. You obviously have not ever seen Lake Chatuge, nestled between Hiawassee, Ga. and Hayesville, NC. One of the prettiest lakes ever!

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