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Every state's most charming lakeside town

Love Exploring Logo By Ella Buchan of Love Exploring | Slide 1 of 51: The US has lakes in pretty much every size and shape imaginable, from small “ponds” to bodies of water so huge it’s impossible to see from one shore to another. There are lakes shaped like gnarled fingers (New York) and surrounded by wineries, while others are dotted with islands. And, while many of these watery wonders are in national parks, others are in towns or small cities with homes, parks and beaches hugging their shorelines. We’ve picked the most charming lakeside town or small city in every state. (If you're planning a trip, be sure to check for any state travel restrictions before you go.)

Life by the lake

The US has lakes in pretty much every size and shape imaginable, from small “ponds” to bodies of water so huge it’s impossible to see from one shore to another. There are lakes shaped like gnarled fingers (New York) and surrounded by wineries, while others are dotted with islands. And, while many of these watery wonders are in national parks, others are in towns or small cities with homes, parks and beaches hugging their shorelines. We’ve picked the most charming lakeside town or small city in every state. (If you're planning a trip, be sure to check for any state travel restrictions before you go.)

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