This Summer's Top Lake Vacations in the U.S.

By Emma Knott

Come summer, all we're looking to do is beat the heat. As far as we're concerned, there's no better way to do so than by a body of water—and today, we're focusing on lakes!

Our top lake vacation rentals in the U.S. will give you everything an ocean can, from water to cool off and play around in to beaches to sun yourself upon. Whether planning a getaway with a group of friends, "the fam," or your significant other, you're about to get a sneak peek at some of our favorite lake spots and accommodations.

California

First up is this breathtaking cabin with stunning 180-degree views of the Sierra Nevada range on the bank of South Lake Tahoe. Sleeping up to 12 guests, it’s perfect for a big family or a large group of friends to escape for a summer break!

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New York

The second lakeside spot we’d recommend this summer is this quirky tree house rental on Cayuga Lake in New York, where guests can book just the one tree house—or both for a larger group. Why not change it up this summer and stay in a unique glamping spot, like this one, for an idyllic waterfront vacation?

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Stunning Tree House Cabins Overlooking Cayuga Lake, New York

Massachusetts

Next up is this beautiful cabin in Cape Cod, near Boston. Perfect for a secluded and romantic getaway, this cabin rental is just the place for couples—and even has exclusive access to a dock on the lake!

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Cozy Lakefront Cabin Rental for Two with Private Dock near Boston

Missouri

Missouri and its infamous Ozarks bring you this luxury cabin complete with both air conditioning and Wi-Fi, perfect for making everyone jealous with fun vacation snaps! Accommodating up to four guests, this cabin is perfect for a family vacation this summer.

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Lakefront Luxury Cabin with Wi-Fi & Air Conditioning in the Ozarks, Missouri

Michigan

Try this incredible cabin rental on the banks of Lake Michigan on for size for your next group retreat or family reunion. Sleeping up to 21 guests, not a single family member, friend, nor co-worker will be left behind.

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Grand Cabin Rental Perfect for Large Groups in Berrien County, Michigan

Oregon

Hopping back over to the West Coast for our final recommendation for this summer, this unique yurt accommodation is perfectly positioned for guests to enjoy exclusive access to the lake and the beach, as well as activities such as kayaking, fishing, and a fun swing-rope located on the property. Kids and adults alike are sure to love it here!

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Secluded Lakefront Yurt with Private Beach near Portland, Oregon

We can't always include every one of our preferred rentals—you'd get the blog post that never ends!—so be sure to check out these collections for more lakefront gems: Summer Vacation Rentals in Lake Tahoe, Lakefront Summer Getaways on East Coast, and Lakefront Summer Getaways on West Coast!