America's Best Lake Vacations

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

Lake Chelan: Washington State

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Best for Hiking: Dozens of trails lead your way around 55-mile-long Lake Chelan and into the snow-tipped Cascades on either side. The best is the Chelan Lakeshore Trail, which can be done as an out-and-back day hike from the Golden West Visitor Center or as an 18-mile overnight backpack to Prince Creek in Wenatchee National Forest. Bookending the longer hike are rides on the legendary Lady of the Lake steamer.

Stay: North Cascades Stehekin Lodge; lodgeatstehekin.com

Play: Lake Chelan National Recreation Area; nps.gov/lach

Lake Chelan, Washington State

America's Best Lake Vacations

Lake Chelan: Washington State

Best for Hiking: Dozens of trails lead your way around 55-mile-long Lake Chelan and into the snow-tipped Cascades on either side. The best is the Chelan Lakeshore Trail, which can be done as an out-and-back day hike from the Golden West Visitor Center or as an 18-mile overnight backpack to Prince Creek in Wenatchee National Forest. Bookending the longer hike are rides on the legendary Lady of the Lake steamer.

Stay: North Cascades Stehekin Lodge; lodgeatstehekin.com

Play: Lake Chelan National Recreation Area; nps.gov/lach

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