15 Most Spectacular Lakes in the World from 15 Most Spectacular Lakes in the World

15 Most Spectacular Lakes in the World

Lakes enhance some of water’s most appealing features – fascinating but calm currents and unbelievable reflections. These meres range from small ponds to huge freshwater lagoons that people can easily mistake for seas or even oceans. A large body of water that is surrounded by land is affected by climate, geology and people – all of which contribute to its unique features and beauty. Some are protected areas while others are open year-round for people to dive off docks, swim, go on boat tours, and enjoy anyway they can.

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

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Are you a curious traveler? If you answered yes, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala is the perfect destination for you. Take a tour around the beautiful lake Atitlan. Climb Volcano Atitlan, and Volcano San Pedro. Hike through the Onion Fields and take pictures of the amazing scenery. Visit the towns surrounding Lake Atitlan for unlimited experiences, providing you with both relaxing and partying atmospheres.

Crater Lake, Oregon

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Crater Lake is the deepest in the U.S. with a measured depth of 1,949 feet. The water is so blue because there is hardly anything else in it - just water, according to the NPS. Boat tours, swimming, fishing, ranger talks, evening programs, camping, and other activities are offered. Explore old-growth forests or wildflower meadows, and climb mountains for great views of the lake.

Lake Baikal, Siberia

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This monstrous Siberian lake has many claims to fame. Not only is it known for its overwhelming beauty, but it’s also the largest (by volume) freshwater lake in the world, the deepest, and, at nearly 25 million years old, widely considered the world’s oldest lake, too.

Five Flower Lake, China

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The Five-Flower Lake, or Wuhua Lake, is certainly among the most beautiful places in China. This pristine oasis in the Sichuan province is far from big cities. It lies at the end of the upper reach of Peacock River, about 8,110 feet above the sea level and 16 feet in depth, according to China Travel Guide. “The water that contains calcium carbonate as well as hydrophytes with different colors presents a versicolor sight, azure blue, blackish green and light yellow, etc., so it is named Five-Flower Lake.”

Lake Hillier in Australia

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While Lake Hillier (Pink Lake) appears bubble gum-colored from the air, the waters show a less dramatic pink hue when viewed from the shore. No one is sure where the color comes from, but scientists have several good guesses. As with other pink salt lakes in the region, the color could originate from the organisms Dunaliella salina and Halobacteria. Alternatively, its color could be due to halophilic bacteria’s that live in Hillier's salt crusts. Either way, the lake is safe for swimming.

Plitvice Lake in Croatia

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The waters flowing over the limestone and chalk have, over thousands of years, deposited travertine barriers, creating natural dams which in turn have created a series of beautiful lakes, caves and waterfalls, according to UNESCO. These geological processes continue today. The national park in Croatia is one of the most amazing ones in all of Europe.

Lake Tahoe in California

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There are so many reasons to visit Lake Tahoe, but perhaps the most simple is the chance to witness its sheer, unspoiled beauty. The largest alpine lake in North America, is admired for many incredible features, but especially the surrounding mountain panoramas and its stunningly crystal clear waters, which are said to be 99.9 percent pure

Lake Garda in Italy

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As the largest lake in Italy, Garda is a popular vacation spot for all types of travelers. With a Mediterranean-like climate and a truly majestic surrounding landscape, it’s easy to see why this lake is considered among the most spectacular in the world. Nearby you’ll find rolling hills, rugged mountains, lush foliage and a rich history of cultures all around.

Lake Lucerne, Switzerland

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Lake Lucerne is surrounded by mountains, which contribute to the amazing scenic variety around it. The lake reminds of a fjord landscape. Vintage steam boats, boat cruises on board five historic paddle wheel steamers and 15 elegant salon motor vessels count among the highlights of this region,” according to My Switzerland. Another feature that makes Lake Lucerne stand out is the fact that the water flowing into the lake passes beneath the 13th-century Chapel Bridge.

Lake Bled in Slovenia

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Situated in the Julian Alps of northwestern Slovenia, the pleasantly picturesque surroundings of Lake Bled make it a well-loved destination for tourists and locals alike. Adding to its old-world charm, the medieval-era Bled Castle looks over the lake at its north shore and Bled Island is home to a majestic, Gothic-style pilgrimage church.

Derwentwater in England

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Derwentwater is at 3 miles long, 1 mile wide and 72 feet deep. The Lake is very much a landscape of moods, varying from the dramatic waves splashing against Friar’s Crag when driven by southerly gales, to the absolute mirror calm of early mornings, according to Visit Cumbria, countryside of England where the lake is located. Mountains and small islands surround it, providing for one of the most gorgeous scenes in the country.

Lake Nakuru

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Lake Nakuru, located on the bottom of the Great Rift Valley, and surrounded by abundant grasslands, is often called “The Bird Watchers’ Paradise.” There are more than 450 bird species to watch. Visitors go to witness the amazing ecological diversity and varied habitats. The best view points are Lion hill, Baboon cliff and Out of Africa.

Peyto Lake, Canada

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The gorgeous photos of Peyto Lake are not photoshopped. The color is really that blue. The lake is situated in Banff National Park, one of the most spectacular parks in the world. The best place to see as much of the remarkable water as possible is from the Bow Summit along the Columbia Icefields Parkway.

Lake Matheson in New Zealand

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This lake is also known as Mirror Lake. The scenes reflected in the dark water, including New Zealand's highest peaks - Aoraki (Mount Cook) and Mount Tasman, are breathtaking. The dark brown color is caused by natural leaching of organic matter from the forest floor that environs the lake.

Jökulsárlón Lake, Iceland

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As with almost everything in Iceland, this glacial lagoon is absolutely stunning. Visitors go on boat tours to sail among enormous white and blue icebergsOn the boat you get to taste the 1,000 year old ice and, if you are lucky, you may even see some seals.

15 Most Spectacular Lakes in the World