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Life is Better at the Lake

A lake is the landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth's eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature. – "Walden, Or Life In The Woods" by Henry David Thoreau, 1854.No matter where you live, there is probably a lake relatively near home – and most offer a vacation for every season – so start taking advantage! Lakes not only offer a myriad of activities, but also can inspire quiet and profound reflection. Whatever you are seeking in a getaway, a lake trip is sure to be able to offer something for everyone. Here’s a list of some of Rand McNally’s favorite lake getaways:

The Best 4th of July Celebrations Across the Country

This July, America celebrates its 243rd birthday and millions of Americans will join in the celebration. Here's how the folks in cities across the nation will be celebrating!

The Wackiest Festivals in the U.S.

  • The Wackiest Festivals in the U.S.
Everyone loves a good festival. Music festivals, food festivals, summer festivals, holiday festivals—and the list goes on. The reason for celebrating often varies, and some reasons may be so bizarre that you just wouldn’t understand unless you were a local. We’ve put together a list of the most “unique” festivals around the U.S., throughout the year, bringing you new levels of fun, food, and weirdness you never knew existed.

Most Scenic Places in the U.S.

You don't need a passport to visit these naturally beautiful places, but you will need a camera. Check out our list of the most photograph-worthy places in the U.S.!

10 Things You May Not Know About U.S. State Flags

Check out these 10 interesting facts about U.S. state flags, then test your knowledge with our U.S. State Flag Quiz!

15 Surprising Facts About Chicago

Our list of interesting facts about Chicago may surprise you. Take a look!

5 Food Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss This Summer

  • 5 Food Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss This Summer
Summertime is festival-time, and what's better than festival food? Check out some of our favorite food festivals that celebrate summer bounties!

Cinco de Mayo Events Across the U.S.

  • Cinco de Mayo Events Across the U.S.
Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday that is widely celebrated in the U.S. Check out our list of the biggest Cinco de Mayo events this year!

10 Facts About America’s 61st National Park: Indiana Dunes National Park

Two months ago, America received its 61st national park when Indiana Dunes was awarded the official designation. Prior to February 15, 2019, the northwest Indiana beachfront was a national lakeshore.

The Best of Louisville

Nestled in the bluegrass hills of Kentucky is Louisville—a big city with the heart of a small town that is steeped in tradition. Brimming with history, culture, bourbon, and a penchant for southern hospitality, it’s no wonder this charming metropolis is becoming an increasingly popular destination (Forbes just named it one of 10 Coolest Cities to Visit in 2018). In the past decade, the city has blossomed as a home of cultural expression with a diverse range of things to see and do. If you happen to be passing through—or make it your destination—we recommend checking out some of these awesome places. Oh, and if you really want to fit in, pronounce it “LOU-uh-vull.”