Photos: 8 Perfect Summer Lake Towns

We've picked eight easygoing, American lake towns, where you can find simple, affordable pleasures.

By , Monday, Jun 20, 2011, 4:00 AM

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Coeur dAlene, Idaho

The deep blue Lake Coeur d'Alene in Idaho is 25 miles long and is framed by pine-forested hills. Here, a view of a waterfront house during sunset.

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Coeur dAlene, Idaho

A sunset over Tubbs Hill in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The best way to soak in the experience is by kayak; guides at ROW Adventures will point out wildlife like eagles and osprey along the way as you paddle (four-hour excursions from $67 per person).

(Courtesy Emily Rachel Hildebrand/Flickr)

Coeur dAlene, Idaho

A bridge over water in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

(Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce)

Flathead Lake, Montana

Children sit on a dock overlooking the water of Flathead Lake in Bigfork, Montana.

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Flathead Lake, Montana

If the mountain-ringed lake captures Big Sky Country's raw beauty, the town of Bigfork, with its popular concert series, makes for an artistic counterpoint.

(Courtesy Paul Frederickson/Wikimedia Commons)

Grand Lake, Colorado

Surrounded by the high peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado's largest natural lake couldn't be more picturesque. These folks are enjoying lunch on a dock at the lake.

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Grand Lake, Colorado

A sailing trip on Grand Lake.

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Jackson Lake, Wyoming

The Grand Tetons make for a majestic backdrop to Jackson Lake.

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Jackson Lake, Wyoming

Another perspective of the Grand Tetons from across Jackson Lake.

(Courtesy Dave Bezaire & Susi Havens-Bezaire/Flickr)

Lake Bemidgi, Minnesota

The Minnesota town of Bemidji best captures the Norman Rockwell glow of a summer lake town, with clean beaches, quirky annual traditions, and a packed social calendar.

(Courtesy Pete Markham/Flickr)

Lake Bemidji, Minnesota

Lake Bemidji at sunset.

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Lake Bemidji, Minnesota


Lake Bemidji looking calm and tranquil on a summer day.

(Courtesy pmarkham/Flickr)

Lake Sunapee, New Hampshire

Sunapee Lake in New Hampshire is quintessential pastoral New England, with a handful of beaches made for swimming and a revolving lineup of outdoor concerts all summer.

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Lake Sunapee, New Hampshire

A view of the MV Kearsarge (a dinner boat) from the Newbury/Sunapee town line across Lake Sunapee. The Burkehaven lighthouse is visible behind it.

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Lake Sunapee, New Hampshire

A lighthouse on Lake Sunapee.

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Sackets Harbor, New York

Boats on Sackets Harbor, an under-the-radar gem along Lake Ontario in New York.

(Courtesy Doug Kerr/Flickr)

Sackets Harbot, New York

Sackets Harbor at sunset.

(Courtesy konrad.lawson/Flickr)

Saugatuck, Michigan

Long a weekend getaway for Chicagoans, Saugatuck's independent shops, trendy restaurants, and LGBT presence are starting to gain the town national attention. This photo of the town was taken from atop Mt. Baldhead.

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Saugatuck, Michigan

A photo of the Saugatuck chain ferry, which runs from downtown to Oval; it's the only hand-cranked chain ferry on the Great Lakes (adults and children ages 3 and up $1).

(Courtesy Parkerdr/Wikimedia Commons)

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