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America's Best Lake Vacations: Lake Champlain

Carl Heilman

Lake Champlain: New York, Vermont

Best for History: On both land and water, Lake Champlain played a major part in three major American conflicts: the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, and the War of 1812. The lake’s long and often bloody history is recalled at forts Ticonderoga and Crown Point on the New York side, as well as at Mount Independence and the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum on the Vermont shore. You could stick to New York and double up with a stay at historic hotel The Sagamore at Lake George, south of Ticonderoga. Or head to Burlington, VT, to board the lake steamer Moonlight Lady for a four-day history cruise along 121-mile-long Lake Champlain.

Stay: Normandie Beach Club; normandiebeachclub.com.

Play: Moonlight Lady; vermontmoonlightlady.com.

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