Made famous by the ‘80s movie Dirty Dancing, this 720-acre lake in western North Carolina provides the perfect setting to relax outdoors. Whether you pack a picnic or fish from a dock, plan to spend most days outside. Family favorites include horseback rides across mountain creeks (check out Cedar Creek Stables
) and the climb to the top
of nearby Chimney Rock
, but the real highlight is the crisp water. Lake Lure Adventure Company
rents boats and kayaks, guides fishing tours, and provides water-skiing lessons. Or, grab an inner tube and just float the days away.
There is no shortage of waterfront rentals or snug mountain cabins. Nestled on the northern shores of the lake, Rumbling Bald Resort
rents vacation homes for any size family. For smaller families or couples looking for a romantic hideaway, the Gaestehaus Salzburg Bed & Breakfast
rents affordable lodge rooms and charmingly rustic cabins.