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Not many would expect to find sizable bodies of water in the middle of desert-like terrain, which is why Arizona is commonly overlooked as a destination for lake vacations. However, Mesa shares a border with the Tonto National Forest, which is home to Saguaro Lake, Canyon Lake and Apache Lake. Visitors here can enjoy all sorts of water activities like wakeboarding, stand-up paddleboarding, fishing and even a more typical beach experience along the sandy shores of Jones Beach at Saguaro Lake.

An earlier version of this slideshow depicted Mesa, Arizona, with a photo of Monument Valley because of an editor's error. It was replaced with an accurate photo on May 30.