Where better to escape the heat of summer than at a mountain resort? At 4,848 feet in elevation, it's cooler here on Snowshoe Mountain in the Alleghenies of West Virginia. Start the fun with a ride down the Ballhooter Chair Lift to Shavers Lake. The lake serves as the summer centerpiece. Rent a canoe, kayak, or paddleboat here, or claim a spot along the beach to relax with a book. Miles of paths encircle the lake and stretch out along the mountain's ridge. Snowshoe furnishes easy-to-read trail maps (pick up one at check-in) when you want to strike out on your own, or you can join one of the guided hikes.
Snowshoe Mountain: 1-877-441-4386 or www.snowshoemtn.com. Be sure to inquire about seasonal package deals.