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We spent hours walking, kayaking, swimming and, of course, sampling food from snack shacks. These seven beaches offer the best mix of sandy fun and cosmopolitan flair.
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There might not be any tiki bars in sight, but islands sprinkled throughout the northern Midwest promise their own brand of fun.
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These swimming destinations hidden in the heart of the Midwest will cool off even the hottest summer days.
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Whether you're searching for serenity or want to make a splash, we have the place for your perfect lakeside vacation in states such as Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri, Ohio, Minnesota and Iowa.
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To help you navigate Missouri's vast (and vastly popular) Lake of the Ozarks, we've picked some essential experiences that will put you on the fast track to vacation mode.
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Whether you're looking for cosmopolitan flair, small-town fun or outdoorsy adventures, you'll find it all here.
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Vacationing in Hayward or Minocqua means reconnecting with nature, family and yourself.
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Intriguing islands, amusement park thrills and wildlife-viewing areas draw thousands of visitors to this stretch of shore each year.
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Canoe, bike or hike to experience the outdoor adventures of Niobrara River Valley.
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Urban excitement and lakeside lounging are equally enticing in this diverse state where two mighty rivers converge.

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