The US is home to some of the most beautiful settings in the world. Each location in this diverse country has its own features that attract attention from both locals and tourists. One such feature that people enjoy visiting across the US is the amazing lakes and here are the top ten most beautiful lakes in the US.
10) Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe straddles two states, Nevada and California. The water temperature in the summer is usually between 65 and 70 degrees. This makes it the ideal location for enjoying activities such as swimming, paddle boarding, fishing and boating. The water clarity is of 70 feet and it is the second deepest lake in the US. There are 72 miles of shoreline and the lake is surrounded by forests and mountains. No matter where you stand, you will have a spectacular view.
9) Lake Norman
With 520 miles of outstanding shoreline, Lake Norman is perfect for hiking, fishing and swimming. It is also a good spot for water-skiing and sailing. Some may describe it as a haven for watersports fanatics. The lake is 34 miles long and is beautiful no matter what time of year you choose to visit.
8) Lake Michigan
At approximately 307 miles long and 118 miles wide with 1,600 miles of shoreline, Lake Michigan offers visitors a variety of different experience opportunities. The beaches are ideal for relaxation while the many campsites around the lake are perfect for those looking for some fun outdoor activities. There are also resorts surrounding the lake for those who want something a little more luxurious than a night under the stars.
7) Lake Martin
The Chimney Stack is one of the most amazing sights at Lake Martin though there are many other wonderful islands within the lake to explore. If you choose to stay by the lake, you can enjoy a wide variety of activities in this pretty setting. Just some of these are golf, hiking, camping, fishing, waterskiing and boating. The Fourth of July is a great time of year to visit as there is a spectacular fireworks display by the lake each year.
6) Lake George
Situated in New York at the base of the Adirondack Mountains, this is a fantastic destination for those who enjoy outdoor pursuits. Popular activities that visitors can enjoy here include bird watching, swimming, hiking, boating and cycling. These pastimes are enhanced with the spectacular mountain backdrop.
5) Lake Cumberland
Lake Cumberland is located in Southern Kentucky and is often considered to be the houseboat capital of the world. By volume, it is the largest lake in the US that is east of Mississippi. The lake boasts an astonishing 1,200 miles of shoreline and is flanked by three picturesque state parks.
4) Lake Chelan
This lake in Washington state is surrounded by some fantastic restaurants and wineries. It is a glacier-fed lake that covers 50.5 miles. The clear blue waters are stunning.
3) Lady Bird Lake
This is a great location for a relaxing family holiday interspersed with some fun activities at the water’s edge. Situated in Austin, Texas, visitors should also visit the lake’s famous tributary, Barton Creek. It is worth noting that only non-motorized boats are allowed on this lake.
2) The Great Pond
Located in central Maine, this is the largest of the Belgrade Lakes. This is a popular destination for tourists who want to enjoy a peaceful vacation in one of the quaint lakeside cottages. It is also popular with those who enjoy the serenity of fishing in a beautiful setting. This lake is a staggering 8,000 acres in size.
1) Crater Lake
The depth of this lake in Oregon is 1,943 feet, making it the deepest lake in the US and also one of the top ten deepest lakes on the planet. Two small islands sit within this incredibly clean and blue lake and the dramatic sheer cliff faces add to the scenic beauty of this spot.
If you are ever in travelling distance of any of these lakes, they are without doubt worth taking the time to visit. Each has its own merits and stands out from the many other lakes in the US. They are often a place where you can enjoy some leisure activities and they are also a fabulous photo opportunity to capture your memories of the visit.