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Surprise Endorsement: Lake Powell

Expansive Lake Powell     Photo: Photodisc

Surprise Endorsement: Lake Powell
Yes, this 1,932–square–mile, houseboat–riddled result of the Glen Canyon Dam is a somewhat tasteless destination. But this year, high snowmelt and higher gas prices have conspired to make Arizona's unnatural wonder a little wilder: The lake rose 40 feet between April and July, and houseboat–rental companies such as Aramark have seen significant dropoffs in business since last summer. All of which means more lake to paddle and fewer floating RVs. Just don't expect to see the famed Cathedral in the Desert—it's underwater.

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