Have you ever dreamed of living in a place with an amazing view? Do you wish that your home overlooked a beautiful waterfront? Here are several picture-perfect locations where you could enjoy a living room view worthy of being showcased in next year’s calendar.
1. Smith Mountain Lake
Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia, the area surrounding this lake is a beautiful place to visit or live. Created by the damming of the Blackwater and Roanoke Rivers as a way to generate electricity and help manage water flow, this lake offers great views as well as an abundance of recreational activities. The 500 miles of shoreline spanning three counties offers everything from water activities like boating, sailing, canoeing, swimming, fishing, and water skiing to hiking, camping, picnicking, and golfing. Good real estate around the lake can range anywhere from $100k up into the millions. It is also within about a 30-45 minute drive from both Roanoke and Lynchburg, which offer “big-city” attractions like shopping. Expect average temperatures of about 73 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer and 41 degrees in the winter.
2. Lake Tahoe
This lake, located on the border of California and Nevada, was ranked by USA Today as the “Best Lake in America.” Known for its crystal-clear blue water, this alpine lake offers just about anything you can think of: biking, golfing, hiking, skiing, boating, and fishing. There is also a lot of nightlife to enjoy, including casinos and nightclubs. Whatever your taste, Lake Tahoe is sure to please.
3. Lake of the Ozarks
Central Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks offers stunning views year round. In the fall you can see the beautiful, breathtaking colors of the leaves. With two scenic state parks, there is plenty for one to enjoy: camping, hiking, fishing (even tournaments), spelunking, parasailing, water-skiing, tubing, and much more. You can also take in some of the local food, shopping, or nightlife. With over 1,150 miles of shoreline, the possibilities are endless.
4. Lake Charlevoix
Located in Michigan, this lake is the third largest in the state, with roughly 60 miles of shoreline and covering an area of more than 17,200 acres. It offers boating, fishing, golfing, ferry rides, beaches for swimming, bike trails, hiking, and snowmobiling. No matter what your interests are, you can find something to enjoy at Lake Charlevoix.
5. Lake Lure
Lake Lure in western North Carolina covers 720 acres and has about 21 miles of shoreline. National Geographic has called it one of the most beautiful man-made lakes. The lake and surrounding area is well-known for such activities as hiking, bird-watching, rock climbing, fishing, skiing, golfing, boating, and swimming. It is simply a wonderful place to live or even just to visit.
These are just a few of the spectacular lakes the United States has to offer. Whether you are seeking a vacation destination or have always dreamed of a wonderful home with a beautiful view of the water, you can find all that and more at these top lakes.