Lake Pontchar­train

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Clock­ing in at 630 square miles, mas­sive Lake Pontchar­train (p. 61) isn’t re­ally a lake at all but a brack­ish es­tu­ary con­nected to the Gulf of Mex­ico. For gen­er­a­tions the lake has served as a pop­u­lar re­treat for fam­i­lies as well as fishing and boat­ing fans. Along with nu­mer­ous green space and recre­ational ar­eas, the lakeshore is home to the na­tion’s sec­ond-old­est yacht club, the art deco Lake­front Air­port (where Amelia Earhart stopped en route to her fi­nal flight) and seafood-cen­tric restau­rants over­look­ing the Or­leans Ma­rina. The New Canal Light­house of­fers tours, as does the Na­tional WWII Mu­seum aboard its re­cently ren­o­vated PT-305 boat. Lakeshore Land­ing, a new $12-mil­lion en­ter­tain­ment com­plex, is cur­rently in the works. Get go­ing! Ex­plore the city at where­trav­eler.com.

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