America's Best Lake Vacations

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At these great lakes, the all-American vacation fun continues long after summer ends.

Walden Pond, Massachusetts

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Best for Reflection: Suburbia may have sprawled through much of the woodland west of Boston, but Walden Pond remains much as it was in olden days, an oasis of calm for collecting your thoughts. The forest-covered shores look much as they did in the 1840s, when pioneer environmentalist Henry David Thoreau lived deliberately by himself in a cabin overlooking the small glacial lake. Swimming, fishing, and canoeing are the main aquatic activities; trails lead to tranquil spots around the shore.

Stay: North Bridge Inn

Play: The Walden Woods Project guided walking tours

America's Best Lake Vacations

Walden Pond, Massachusetts

Best for Reflection: Suburbia may have sprawled through much of the woodland west of Boston, but Walden Pond remains much as it was in olden days, an oasis of calm for collecting your thoughts. The forest-covered shores look much as they did in the 1840s, when pioneer environmentalist Henry David Thoreau lived deliberately by himself in a cabin overlooking the small glacial lake. Swimming, fishing, and canoeing are the main aquatic activities; trails lead to tranquil spots around the shore.

Stay: North Bridge Inn

Play: The Walden Woods Project guided walking tours

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