When it comes to the quintessential summer getaway, lake vacations are hard to beat. Whether heading out for a weekend trip or an extended escape, lake life provides ample means for camping, hiking, fishing, boating, sunbathing, swimming and just about any other summer-related activity you could desire. The seven lakes in this gallery each have something unique to offer, from gorgeous natural surroundings to quaint lakeside towns and are all worthy of a spot on your summer bucket list.
Paste Travel’s Bucket List columnist Lauren Kilberg is a Chicago-based freelance writer. Her travels have found her camping near the Pakistani border of India and conquering volcanoes in the Philippines.