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The country’s most beautiful lakes to visit to feed your wanderlust


Nothing can compare to the feeling of freedom and utter peace you get when you breathe in that crisp mountain air. The beauty that surrounds you when you have a lakeside view can be utterly breathtaking. If you’re eager to feed your wanderlust then be sure to book a trip to one of the following lakes to get your fix.

Glacier National Park – Montana

McDonald Lake is the largest lake in Glacier National Park, but it isn’t the only one. There are other smaller ones that are just as beautiful, namely, Saint Mary Lake, Swiftcurrent Lake, and Grinnell Lake. If you love backpacking, and backcountry hiking this is one of the best places to visit. Or if you simply love the outdoors, this is the ideal place to be one with nature and enjoy everything this wilderness reserve has to offer.

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Grand Teton National Park – Wyoming

Another great wilderness reserve in the US, that has a wealth of gorgeous lakes is Grand Teton National Park. Its opaque hues make Delta Lake, one of the most beautiful lakes. It owes its vivid color to the rock flour that comes from Teton Glacier. The well known luxurious Jackson Hole mountain resort is situated in the northern section of the park.

Lake Tahoe – Nevada and California

Whether you visit Lake Tahoe in winter, spring, summer, or fall; the fresh air, mountain views, and the crystal-clear lake will take your breath away. There are several towns around the lake, but the four main ones are Stateline, Tahoe City, South Lake Tahoe, and Incline Village. You can go skiing or snowboarding in the winter and in the summer you can laze by the lake or partake in the various water sports. Or if you prefer, you can go rock-climbing or hiking.

Yosemite National Park – California

Yosemite National Park has many reservoirs, rivers, and lakes to visit. Tenaya Lake is the most accessible one for visitors to enjoy a picnic, swim, canoe, or simply hang out, taking in the surrounding beauty. One of the most beautiful lakes is Mirror Lake because it has crystal clear waters where you can see the reflection of Mount Watkins and Half Dome.

Bonneville Salt Flats – Utah

This lake may not be appropriate for swimming, but it’s still one of nature’s most beautiful and unique sights to see. The Bonneville Salt flats are the biggest of many salt flats, west of the Great Salt Lakes. In prehistoric times, this area used to be a large lake and it was called Lake Bonneville, but it is now all dried up. During the rainy season, about an inch of water collects on the pan and it creates a mesmerizing ethereal glassy look.

Lake Powell – Arizona and Utah

The sights you will see as you navigate on the Colorado River through ‘the rainbow,’ Arizona and Utah canyon is something that is surreal. Lake Powell is a reservoir on the river so it’s definitely one place you should try to visit at least once in your life. You will see one of the largest natural bridges in the world, called Rainbow Bridge.

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If you need an excuse to get away for the weekend, be sure to book a night or two at one of these places to truly unwind, relax, take in the beauty around you, and feed your wanderlust with these breathtaking sights. All these lakes are beautiful in their own unique way so you’re sure to have a wonderful time wherever you go.