Lake Koocanusa, Montana
Very close to the Canadian border, Lake Koocanusa was formed when the Libby Dam was built in 1972 in partnership between the U.S. and Canada. The lake extends 90 miles into Canada, and is lined by two roads, a main road that heads to the east and a secondary one to the west. Todd Starnes says to go west. It’s a small, winding road shunned by motorists who prefer the faster route to the east. You can follow it as far as you like and enjoy no traffic, rolling hills, great viewpoints, and picnic spots. Starnes bets his tour groups that if they see more than 10 cars during the day, he’ll buy the beer that night — and he rarely has to pull out his wallet.