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We could vacation by a lake in the US instead of Europe

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So, I've been doing more and more travel research for hopefully some upcoming Europe trips in my wife and my future and I'm continually entranced by the lakes of Alpine Europe, whether it be the Worthersee, the Wolfgangsee, Tegernsee or even the Bodensee. As part of future trips I think it would be great to just hang out and relax on some of these lakes, for a significant time, though we'd certainly travel around and see other sites on a trip. When I was a teenager I spend a fair amount of time in these places, and they represent some of my best memories of my trips to Europe back then.
My wife, who hasn't been to this part of Europe says that we could just as easily spend lake shore time in the US, such as Lake Tahoe (we live two hours away) instead of in Europe, and thats our friendly disagreement. I argue that there is no comparison between many of the best Alpine lakes vs the best of our Western US lakes. In Europe, many of the lakes are swimmable in the summer, unlike our crown jewel Tahoe, and compare the cultural architectural jewels around the Italian lakes to, say, a run of the mill lake in the west, like Donner Lake or Big Bear Lake. I'm not trying to trash my home state; California of course has many awesome sights and places, but I'll take a day side trip to Salzburg (if for example we were staying in a Salzkammergut lake) then one to Reno from Lake Tahoe any day of the week.
Anyway, I'd like to hear from other travellers on this issue, to lake or not to lake when in Europe.

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