The most beautiful lakes in the world are, of course, up for debate. There are hundreds to choose from, all with their own unique characteristics. But if you want to narrow your choices down to the most spectacular, these seven should definitely be considered.
You might be surprised to discover that the historically important Dead Sea in Jordan is actually a lake. The salt levels in the water are so high, natural buoyancy ensures almost everything floats on or near the surface. Surrounded by stunning rock formations, trees and walking trails, the Dead Sea is a true natural wonder. The lake also feeds the iconic Jordan River. Located several hundred feet below sea level, this mammoth body of water is a cobalt-blue oasis.
Lake Como is one of Europe’s most beautiful tourist spots. This Italian paradise is characterised by its pretty villas, marinas, promenades and charming eateries. And the entire lake is surrounded by breathtaking mountain ranges, including the Legnone, the Resegone and the Grigna ranges. Simply walking along the lake’s countless promenades is a magical experience. But you can experience Lake Como on the water with a dinner cruise or a night in one of the many hotel boats in the area.
New Zealand is home to some of the most stunning vistas on the planet. Nowhere is this more evident than Lake Wakatipu on the South Island. Locals regard it as the prettiest lake in the world, and it’s easy to see why. The lake is surrounded by enormous mountains and forests. And spectacular views await you on almost every shore. For the most rewarding experience, visit Lake Wakatipu during the winter months when the mountain ranges are capped with snow. During the summer, the lake hosts a range of adrenaline-fuelled activities, including sky-diving, water-skiing and bungee jumping.
Set against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Lake Tahoe is a vision of clear turquoise waters and sandy beaches. Home to watersports, winter sports and a plethora of leisure activities, this breathtaking natural wonder has just about everything the average tourist could ever wish for. Whether you want to kayak across the lake or hike around its shores, jaw-dropping vistas await. There are countless inns and hotels dotted around the area, some of which offer private beaches.
Lake Baikal isn’t just a huge body of water, it’s an experience. Around 20% of all the fresh water in the world is right here in the world’s deepest lake. To put this in perspective, there’s more water in Lake Baikal than there is in all five of North America’s Great Lakes combined. But what makes this place so beautiful is the clarity of the water — most of which comes from the Siberian mountains. On a clear day, it’s possible to see 150 feet below the surface. If you visit during the winter, expect the world’s biggest skating rink. Lake Baikal completely freezes for several weeks a year. And the combination of frozen methane bubbles and fissure creates a truly wondrous sight.
Cobalt-blue waters, stunning rock formations and dense forests characterise one of the world’s most spectacular lakes. Moraine Lake in Alberta, Canada has it all. Whether you’re looking for ferocious waterfalls, challenging hiking trails or just somewhere to enjoy the very best Mother Nature has to offer, this stunning body of water has everything. The lake is the focal point of Banff National Park — home to luxury hotels and quaint inns. For a leisurely hike, take the Rockpile Trail, which takes you to the top of a natural dam. This is where you’ll find the ‘Twenty Dollar View,’ the view that was printed on the back of Canadian $20 bills between 1969 and 1979.
Perhaps the most unusual lake in the world, Lake Hillier in Western Australia is quite simply breathtaking. The entire body of water glows bright pink throughout the year. Scientists believe the water gets its unusual hue from the algae that live in the salt-rich waters. The entire area is a national nature reserve, so you can’t simply turn up and take a boat ride. But you can see this natural wonder on pre-arranged boat rides and flybys.
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