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    15 Affordable Lake Vacations Everyone Should Take

    The best kind of late summer vacation.

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    When talking about summer vacations, lake destinations are highly underrated and often get left out of the conversation. To change this, we asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about their favorite lake getaways. Here are their responses:

    1. Lake Gaston, North Carolina

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    "Beautiful quiet coves and a killer main lake make it easy for people of every age to fall in love with this place. And it’s on the state line so you can swim from one state to the next in a single afternoon."


    2. Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia

    3. Lake Tahoe, California

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    "The largest alpine lake in North America, Lake Tahoe is known for its amazingly clear water. It's also surrounded by a plethora of outdoor activities year-round and plays host to amazing events like hot August nights, Shakespeare Festival, and an outdoor obstacle."


    4. Skaneateles Lake, New York

    5. Sleeping Bear Dunes, Lake Michigan

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    "It’s such a beautiful lake, and rarely crowded wherever part of the lake you happen to be."


    6. Lake Lure, North Carolina

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    "Their Flowering Bridge looks like something out of a fairy tale! Plus, they filmed part of 'Dirty Dancing' at the lake."


    7. Rice Lake, Ontario, Canada

    8. Beaver Lake, Arkansas

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    "The Ozarks are beautiful and the water is so clear you can see nearly 100 feet down. Plus Eureka Springs is nearby so you can get your artsy shopping fix if you want."


    9. Little Crater Lake, Oregon

    10. Deep Creek Lake, Maryland

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    "There's so much to do (like rafting and boating around the lake), and the houses are extremely beautiful. The sunsets and sunrises are also amazing to watch."


    11. Lake Whiskeytown, California


    "Water is as smooth as glass. Also, it has a fun name!"


    12. Lake Murray, South Carolina

    13. Lake Superior, Tettegouche State Park, Minnesota

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    "It’s on Lake Superior on the North Shore in Minnesota, which is absolutely stunning and reminds me of the ocean. You can’t always see the other side and when it storms it crashes hard against the cliffs."

    Jenna Ballinger

    14. Lake George, New York

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    "It’s the queen of American lakes. It’s kept clean because it's the surrounding towns' water supply. In the summer, you can picnic on the islands in the lakes, jet ski, parasail, or just enjoy the water."


    15. Wallowa Lake, Oregon

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    "Wallowa Lake in Oregon is a pretty little lake, that is often overshadowed by Crater Lake. Wallowa Lake offers camping and a resort, as well as the opportunity to paddle boat, swim, or take a tram to a trail where you can see mountains in four states."

    —Cherryll Batty, Facebook

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