If you really want to get away from it all, the placid waters of Lake Powell allow you to depart the landed lifestyle and float away on your own houseboat. With 96 major side canyons spread across 186 miles, you can literally spend months exploring more than 2,000 miles of shoreline. Most of us have only a few days or a week, but that’s still plenty of time for recreation in the second-largest reservoir in the nation.
Be safe (children under 12 must always wear life jackets on motorboats or the exterior of houseboats) and every water sport imaginable awaits you, from waterskiing to fishing. Small communities around marinas in Page (Arizona), Bullfrog, Wahweap, Hite, and Hall’s Crossing have hotels, restaurants, and shops where you can restock vital supplies.