WHERE: NORTHERN MINNESOTA
TRAVEL: WINNIPEG, MANITOBA
ACCOMMODATION: ARNESEN'S ROCKY POINT RESORT (FROM $94/NIGHT)
This massive body of water, thanks to the 14,500 islands on its eastern side, is home to more than 65,000 miles of shoreline—the longest in the world.
Much of it remains virtually untouched, making it one of the best and least-spoiled spots in the country for observing wildlife, including whitetail deer, bear, moose, duck, and geese. To really get off the grid, hike in the Lake of the Woods Provincial Park on Bigsby Island.