With your Chaparral and a new year filled with excursions to enjoy, there’s just one thing left to do—set a schedule and hit the water!
Fortunately, we’re making it a little easier by profiling our favorite must-do destinations of each month. Take a look at this “Calendar of Chaparral” and see what spots make your itinerary!
January: Catalina Island, CA
The beauty of Catalina Island is compounded by the scenic journey you take to get there. As you head west from California’s southeast coast, you will be greeted by a world of island vistas, laidback resort fare, and fun on the water. Plus, if you’re in town for the Los Angeles Boat Show, you’re already halfway there.
February: Miami, FL
Speaking of shows, one of the most highly-anticipated has to be the Miami International Boat Show. Not only is the show a prime spot to see the latest and greatest in the boating industry—it’s just one of many things to do in the aptly-nicknamed “Magic City,” where breathtaking natural views meet city skylines for a treasured effect. And in the midst of winter, you can’t beat the heat and sunshine.
March: Lake Havasu, AZ
A popular spot for on-the-water parties, picnics, water sports and more, Arizona’s Lake Havasu has it all. The warm temps and one-of-a-kind scenery (like the dry, rocky surroundings and London Bridge) make it a unique spring break getaway. Fun for the whole family exists in the form of wakeboarding—there’s plenty of room—or kicking back close to shore at one of the lake’s sandy coves.
April: Myrtle Beach, SC
South Carolina’s favorite beach town is a top spot to visit as the weather warms up. You can cruise by the waterfront and enjoy the laidback, leisurely atmosphere, or head toward Myrtle Beach State Park for camping and other outdoor adventures.
May: Chicago, IL
Come to Chicago for Memorial Day fun on your Chaparral. In addition to the parade and other holiday festivities, America’s “Windy City” is packed with waterfront fun to enjoy. You can cruise Lake Michigan or venture toward the city itself via the Chicago River, a great place to explore the local architecture or simply say “hi” to your neighbors on the water.
June: Finger Lakes, NY
What better time than the start of summer to explore New York’s favorite recreation destination? The oddly-shaped Finger Lakes provide a prime vacation spot, with each body of water offering something unique. The largest of these, Lake Seneca, is beloved for its nearby wineries and on-the-water thrills. Abundant opportunities for wakeboarding, canoeing, and leisurely cruises around the lake await.
July: Washington, D.C.
Feeling patriotic? There’s no better place to spend Fourth of July than in the nation’s capital, an often-overlooked gem for water lovers. The Potomac River offers boaters a leisurely journey surrounded by local charm and lots of history, while the local waterfront hubs at Georgetown or Old Town Alexandria provide plenty of ways to enjoy time on and off the water.
August: Seattle, WA
While Seattle may be famously rainy, it does see its share of sunshine—especially during the late summer months. If you crave the city experience, minus the clouds, this is the perfect time to come out and enjoy the aquatic opportunities at Lake Union (surrounded by city vistas), Lake Washington, the Puget Sound and more.
September: Bar Harbor, ME
For an early “first look” at fall foliage from the water, head to Bar Harbor, Maine. The charming coastal spot is home to some of the earliest color changes, which seem even more beautiful next to the rich blue water. Your trip here will be characterized by scenic bay views and a medley of rocky landscapes with thick, leafy trees that run right up to the shore.
October: Salem, MA
Known for its witch hunts and spooky history, Salem Massachusetts is naturally a top spot for visitors come Halloween season. When you’re not exploring the sights onshore (like the famous Witch House), you can enjoy the on-the-water fun that abounds nearby. Winter Island, for example, is a great place to cruise with the family or plan an overnight camping trip just before the season ends on, naturally, Halloween.
November: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Another South Florida spot is known for its larger-than-life boat show: Fort Lauderdale. The “Venice of America” is noted for its scenic Intracoastal Waterway, where you can cruise past beautiful homes and lively waterfront hotspots.
December: Christmas Island
In honor of December and the Christmas holidays, why not head to Christmas Island? This remote Pacific gem is a top spot for sightseers, scuba divers, and those with a thirst for adventure. From the water, you can spot beautiful island vistas—but look a little closer and you’ll find a world of wildlife, like the peculiar droves of tiny, bright red crabs that flood the area every winter.