Diablo Lake: Glacial gem in WA's North Cascades, turquoise from refracted glacial flour. Hiking, camping, stunning views. 2hr from Seattle.
Crater Lake: Deepest US lake, formed in a volcano, stunningly clear water, islands, hikes, boat tours, scenic drive.
Lake Tahoe: Alpine gem on CA-NV border. Top for skiing, beaches; vibrant South, serene West, water sports in East. Ski at Palisades & Northstar.
Mono Lake: Stunning tufa towers, high salt content for floating, diverse wildlife. Near Yosemite National Park. Hot springs nearby.
Explore Granite Dells' scenic boulders, Watson & Willow Lakes near Prescott, Arizona. Enjoy water activities, climbing, hiking, and history in a charming cowboy town.
Hanging Lake: Emerald oasis amid Rockies. Hike to stunning lake, waterfalls, and Spouting Rock cascade. No swimming due to fragile ecosystem.
Montana's Flathead Lake: Clean, vast freshwater expanse with unique park units. Wild Horse Island, diverse terrains, wildlife, water activities, near Glacier NP.
Lake Superior: Largest freshwater lake, shipwrecks, kayaking, Pictured Rocks' cliffs, Isle Royale's wilderness, moose & wolves.
Seneca Lake: Stunning, deep glacial lake with boat activities & surrounded by Finger Lakes wine country.
Caddo Lake: Cypress wonderland, no swimming, canoe trails, diverse wildlife, fishing, camping options.