WHERE: NORTHEAST TENNESSEE
TRAVEL: CHARLOTTE, NC
ACCOMMODATION: LAKESHORE RESORT AND MARINA (FROM $75/NIGHT)
Welcome to watersports heaven. “This is a little-known gem in the Cherokee National Forest wilderness, only accessible by winding mountain roads,” says Raub. On the uncrowded lake, you can swim, parasail (from $140), powerboat ($50/hour), lounge on a pontoon boat ($25/hour), and kayak (from $20) until your arms are ready to fall off. There’s also white-water rafting in the Watauga and Nolichucky rivers (from $65/person).
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