While many people still enjoy going on vacation and playing tourist in large cities like Los Angeles and New York, or even Paris, London, or Rome, vacation trips to rural areas are becoming increasingly popular. Not only are there plenty of activities to do here that you cannot do in a big city, but this also represents a way to get away from the stress and pressure of everyday life and to simply relax without a care, which is what vacations are supposed to be for.
While some would think that you would have to go to a luxury resort in the Caribbean to achieve this, there is one place in the United States that can serve your needs just as well. Bear Lake, a freshwater lake that straddles the border of Idaho and Utah, is known as the “Caribbean of the Rockies” due to its turquoise blue waters and sandy beaches. Furthermore, the wide availability of all kinds of lodging — from the simple to the luxurious — as well as a host of activities for everyone to enjoy making it the perfect place for a vacation with your loved ones.
Here are some of the things you can do in Bear Lake:
1. Have fun in the summer sun.
Bear Lake first became famous as a summer destination, due to its ample sunshine and picturesque views. The area is home to a number of beaches and resorts that will make you feel that you are in your own island paradise. This is a great place to enjoy some swimming and watersports, as well as spelunking to truly make you believe that you are in a natural wonder of the world.
Nature lovers can also take advantage of the many hiking trails in the region. Get a glimpse of nature at its finest while getting some exercise and fresh air along the way. This is sure to help you unwind and forget about your cares and worries.
2. Discover the wonders of nature.
Bear Lake has a good number of flora and fauna that are native to the area and not found in many other places. The Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge spans 19,000 acres and is home to different forms of birds, as well as moose and mule deer. Birdwatching and recreational fishing are also two of the most popular activities in Bear Lake, as there are many species of birds and fish that you can only find in the region.
3. Treat yourself to luxury.
If you have always wanted to explore the outdoors, but are wary of roughing it, Bear Lake has just the solution for you. Some resorts in the area offer “glamping” (glam camping) services that allow you to experience camping in luxury. This includes having electricity and Wi-Fi in your wagon, as well as communal game tents featuring barbecues and air hockey. This is definitely worth a try if you would want a completely new experience.
4. Don’t let the cold bother you.
Bear Lake is not only a good vacation destination for the summer. In the winter, many of the hiking trails transform into cross country skiing trails that allow you to experience a different way of getting around. Bear Lake is also home to a few ski resorts where you can ski and snowboard down the mountains, as well as get to ride in a snowmobile. This will definitely make your winter vacation worthwhile and memorable.