6) Lake George, New York
Situated 2400 feet up in the scenic Adirondack Mountains of New York, Lake George contains one of the world’s largest garnet mines. Garnet is the birthstone for those born in January, as well as the New York State gemstone. Trip Advisor rated it among the best places to rent a summer lake house in 2016. It’s also listed among the most beautiful in the US. This 32-mile long lake has it all. Water skiing, rafting, kayaking and boating are among the fun adventures here. There are also charter boats, or you can sit back and relax on one of the cruises and enjoy the scenic surroundings. There’s a wide variety of accommodations to choose from. Here you can book a place with a boat dock, rent a cabin, stay at a fantastic B&B, rent a house, be pampered at one of the lakeside resorts, or camp outdoors.