Essential Travel Experience #53 – Take in a Lake or Two

   Lakes, although not as dramatic as oceans with their sounds and movements, may be more scenic and downright beautiful. Because they are surrounded by land, they incorporate the background scenery, often creating a lovely picture.

   Some lakes, often those in landlocked countries or states, have become just as popular as beaches. Lakes amidst mountains are often spectacular in their beauty and attract sightseers. 

    We have been to many lakes in our travels and would like to share a virtual trip to some of the best.

     Crater Lake, in Oregon, is so incredibly beautiful that it has become a national park.

Crater Lake

 The lake is so deep that the blue color is positively mesmerizing.

Wizard Island, Crater Lake

 Also in North America’s northwest, we can see some of the loveliest lakes in the world, in Banff National Park. Check out Peyto Lake, along the Icefields Parkway,

Peyto Lake

and Moraine Lake, in the Valley of the Ten Peaks,

Moraine Lake

 the ever-popular Lake Louise,

Lake Louise

 and Bow Lake, just outside of Banff village

 Notice the unusual green-blue color of the water in these lakes of the Canadian Rockies. It is due to the presence of glacial silt.

Bow Lake, Banff NP

   Also in the Northwest, in northern California, is Lassen Volcanic National Park,  which, besides the volcano, features Lake Manzanita.

Manzanita Lake & Lassen Peak

Futher south, in California, is Lake Tahoe, a true four-season resort area which also features casinos.

Lake Tahoe

 In Glacier National Park, Montana, St Mary’s Lake is found at one end of the picturesque Going-to-the-Sun Road.

St Mary's Lake

Just north is a sister park, Waterton Lakes National Park, in Alberta, Canada.

Waterton Lakes NP

In the desert southwest, Lake Powell National Recreation Area is extremely popular.

Lake Powell

In the East, we have the Great Lakes, some of the largest lakes in the world. Lake Michigan makes a lovely picture beside the city of Chicago,

Lake Michigan & the Chicago Skyline

while Lake Ontario creates the same effect with Toronto.

Lake Ontario & Toronto

Acadia National Park, in Maine, has a lovely lake, known as Jordan Pond, which sits beside the Beehives.

Jordan Pond & Beehives

In New York, Lake Placid is a popular destination,  

Lake Placid, NY

 as is Lake George.

Lake George

In Europe, one of our favorite lakes is Lugano, in the Italian-speaking southern part of Switzerland.

Lake Lugano

 England has a Lake District which attracts thousands of tourists and locals on vacation. The area includes Lake Grasmere

Lake Grasmere, England

 and Lake Windermere, and features lovely scenery.

Windermere, England

Of course, in Scotland the infamous Loch Ness, with its “monster.” draws tourists by the thousands who attempt to photograph or at least catch a glimpse of “Nessie.”

Loch Ness & Urquhart Castle

 Kunming Lake, in Beijing, is the setting for the Summer Palace, a huge complex and the summer resort for Chinese Emperors.

Dragon Boat on Kunming Lake


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