When you think of summer, what do you think of? Myself, I picture hot summer days playing at the beach, swimming, boating, kayaking. It’s also nice to spend the day hiking or cycling and cooling off, taking a refreshing dip in my local watering hole. If you are planning a summer holiday consider one of these lakeside destinations. Enjoy all of the comforts of home as well as stunning lake-views renting your own vacation home rental or cabin rental. Many of our vacation rentals are pet friendly, so feel free to bring the entire family!
Enjoy swimming, canoeing or boating in the crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe with equally stunning panoramic views of the Sierra Nevada mountains. For a bit more adventure spend a day whitewater rafting on the Truckee or Carson Rivers. Lake Tahoe also boasts some fabulous scuba opportunities with amazing visibility. This 5 star terrain naturally attracts a variety of entertainers and festivals, so there is plenty to do and experience. Plan ahead and check out Lake Tahoe events to make the most out of your summer holiday.
Experience Mother Nature at her best, with jagged mountain peaks, deep valleys, pristine lakes and over 300 glaciers in the North Cascades region of Washington. Bring your camera to try and capture the beauty of this magical area. Enjoy a multitude of activities from hiking and rock climbing to birding and fishing for trout, kokanee and cod. Or spend the afternoon white water rafting down the Skagit or Stehikin Rivers. For a more leisurely pace, rent a kayak, canoe and enjoy the serenity on Ross Lake or Lake Chelan. No matter your choice, you will be sure to feel rejuvenated after spending time in the North Cascades.
Mammoth Lakes is much more than picturesque lakes surrounded by breath-taking mountains. This is a highly volcanic area with 1,000 year old rhyolite rock, natural hot springs and cascading waterfalls. Mammoth sits at an elevation of 7,880 ft. and while the summer days are warm with incredible bluebird skies, the evenings are cooler than in the city. Off the lake activities include rock climbing, hiking and golfing. Spend the day seeing the local sights, Devils Postpile, a geological marvel with basalt columns over 60 ft high. From there pack a lunch and enjoy an easy hike to Rainbow Falls where you can cool off by the mist of these powerful 100ft. falls.
Vancouver Island offers more than just endless ocean coastline to explore. There are also plenty of freshwater lakes on the island including Cowichan Lake, about 20 minutes from Duncan. The Cowichan River flows through town and empties into this picturesque lake. There are plenty of opportunities to swim, picnic and beach-comb with several nearby beaches. Check out Lakeview Park which features a floating boardwalk or Mason’s Beach at nearby Shawnigan Lake. Dry land activities including cycling along the Cowichan Valley Trail which forms part of the Trans Canada Trail. Or learn more about the history of the area with free guided walking tours through Duncan.
Where was your favorite summer lakeside vacation rental?