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These are America's most charming lakeside towns and cities

Love Exploring Logo By Ella Buchan of Love Exploring | Slide 2 of 31: Big Bear Lake is known for its ski resort but it’s equally lovely when the water is sparkling in the sunshine. Life centers around the lake itself, which is surrounded by slopes, forest and mountains. Big Bear Lake Village is the main hub, with cute boutiques, gift shops and restaurants, while roaming donkeys known as the “Big Bear burros” add to the quirky charm. No one’s really sure whether they’re the descendants of escapees from movie sets or farm animals, but they’re now protected as a beloved part of the area’s wildlife.

Big Bear Lake, California

Big Bear Lake is known for its ski resort but it’s equally lovely when the water is sparkling in the sunshine. Life centers around the lake itself, which is surrounded by slopes, forest and mountains. Big Bear Lake Village is the main hub, with cute boutiques, gift shops and restaurants, while roaming donkeys known as the “Big Bear burros” add to the quirky charm. No one’s really sure whether they’re the descendants of escapees from movie sets or farm animals, but they’re now protected as a beloved part of the area’s wildlife.

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