Ever wondered about holidaying on a lake shore or lake casino? We have some for you today to check. Lakes are one of the most beautiful water sources on earth. There are thousands of lakes all over the planet. Some of the lakes are extremely gorgeous and majestic. When lakes give us a mix of pure clear water, lush green forests, luxurious villas, amazing scenery, beautiful villages and magnificent mountains, then it becomes a great retreat spot. There are some beautiful lakes that are embedded into the safe hands of Mother Nature. Panoramic views of the lakes here will leave you in awe. These places are for those who are looking for a natural retreat with water.
Here are the 10 most beautiful lakes in the world with breathtaking scenery:
10. Glen Lake, USA
Glen Lake is a lake near Lake Michigan in Leelanau County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is a truly beautiful lake in the world. The northwestern Michigan local maintain legends about the lake being ranked as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world by National Geographic Magazine. The lake is in the midst of spectacular setting of wooded rolling sand hills. Its beautiful shores are enriched with beautiful villages and hamlets. The underlying and surrounding sands filter and clear the water to make it pure and glow in indigo blue. The beauty, purity and long waves attract several tourists and vacationers to the place. If you are around Michigan, this lake is a must to visit.
9. Pangong Tso, China/India
The Himalayas are one of the world’s most beautiful places or mountain glaciers in the world. Yes, Pangong Tso Lake is in the Himalayas at an altitude of 14,270 ft. The cold monomictic and Endorheic Lake provides a mesmerizing view to the people visiting it. The brackish water extends from India to China and has very low micro-vegetation and aquatic life. It is not part of the majestic Indus River and is an independent geographically land-locked river basin. The lake has been part of several Indian films.
8. Lake Tahoe, USA
The Lake Tahoe is a freshwater lake that is part of the beautiful Sierra Nevada of the United State. It lies at an altitude of 6,225 ft cutting through Nevada and California borders. North America’s largest alpine lake offers one of the world’s best panoramic views. This lake is the second deepest in the United States. The lake is famous for its clear waters and the panorama of surrounding mountains on all sides. Around 2 million years ago, the lake came into existence as part of the Lake Tahoe Basin. The panoramic view of the lake is home to many tourists from Nevada and California throughout the year. People in the nearby cities enjoy winter sports, summer outdoor recreation, and scenery. There are also several snow and ski resorts as well as large casinos on the Nevada side.
7. Lake Göygöl, Azerbaijan
Many do not know about this beautiful lake. Lake Göygöl is a little known natural impounded lake in Azerbaijan. The lake literally means “the Blue Lake”. After an earthquake that hit in 1139, parts of Kapaz Mount fell and Kürəkçay River’s path got blocked. This blockage resulted into a magnification and enchanting lake of pure mountain water. The beauty is at an elevation of 5,105 ft above sea level. The Greater Göygöl area is often split into 19 lakes. Due to the water purity and clarity, one can easily see 8–10 meters below the lake. Fauna is very rich here. During spring and summer seasons, it is a major tourist spot. Mainly, German tourists visit the lake. Many novels, poems and music bands have drawn their inspirations from the lake due to its immense beauty.
6. Plitvice Lake, Croatia
Plitvice Lake is one of the popular and beautiful tourist attractions of Croatia. More than 1 million visitors throng the place. The lake is part of the Plitvice Lakes National Park which is the oldest and largest in the country. The natural beauty is part of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage in recognition of its “outstanding natural beauty, and the undisturbed production of travertine (tufa) through chemical and biological action”. The Plitvice Lake gave home to many successful films from Western film productions of Karl May novels. The lake gives unique geological features not found everywhere on the Earth such as the dolina (sinkhole), polje, uvala, ponor, etc. Such natural phenomena at the lakes cause it to appear in different colors and shapes forming mini-waterfalls.
5. Moraine Lake, Canada
Moraine Lake is world-famous for its beauty. This lake is a glacially fed lake located outside the beautiful Village of Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada. The picturesque lake is at an elevation of 6,183 feet in Valley of the Ten Peaks. It is part of the Banff National Park. The glacial mountains, lake and the unique blue color of the lake is something amazing to the eye. The combination is known as “Twenty Dollar View”, as Moraine Lake was featured on the reverse side of the 1969 and 1979 issues of the Canadian twenty-dollar bill. The Moraine Lake is a world-famous location for hiking and photography. The image of the Moraine Lake as background has been part of several apps such as Windows 7 backgrounds, Google’s Android main preview, and Windows 10 login screen, background for Blackberry Pearl and background for Bing.
4. Crater Lake, USA
The panoramic view of Crater Lake in south-central Oregon, USA is one of the most beautiful in the world. It is a caldera lake which is famous for its deep blue color and water clarity. Crater Lake is a main attraction and feature of the Crater Lake National Park. The lake formed after the collapse of volcano Mount Mazama some 7700 years ago. The winter view of the lake with a stump that has been bobbing vertically for over a century is breath-taking. This is the deepest lake in the United States which is known for its beautiful aerial views. The Crater Lake has two small islands (Wizard Island and Phantom Ship) as an add-on beauty. The Klamath Tribes of Native Americans consider the lake as a sacred site.
3. Lake Como, Italy
Lake Como is not only the most beautiful lake in the world and in Europe but also one of the deepest in Europe. The lake has one of the most beautiful shores in the world and in Italy. This lake has a rich history as a popular retreat spot, dating back to Roman period when aristocrats and wealthy people spent their time here. The culturally rich place is a famous tourist attraction of the country and in Europe. Several artists spend their time here to enjoy and cherish the country’s cultural gem. Famous celebrities and people have had their homes here. There are several villas and palaces around Lake Como. In 2014, Huff Post called the lake as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world for its microclimate and environment with prestigious villas and villages.
2. Quilotoa Lake, Ecuador – Accessible only by a two-day hike
The scenic Quilotoa Lake in Ecuador is a water filled caldera. The lake is undisturbed and remotely located. No roads connect to the lake. It is accessible only by a two days hike. The water beauty is greenish in color due to mineral deposits from volcanoes. Sometimes the lake produces stunning fumaroles on the lake floors causing hot springs. One day hiking trips are organized that cuts us through the culturally important villages and finally to the beautiful lagoon on the hill-top. The Laguna Quilotoa has become an increasingly important and prominent tourist attraction for hikers and adventure seekers. If you happened to visit Ecuador, don’t forget to hike through the beautiful Quilotoa loop that welcomes you with a mesmerizing turquoise crater lake.
1. Lake Atitlán, Guatemala
Lake Atitlán is one of world’s most beautiful lakes. The lake from Guatemala offers a picturesque view from Santa Catarina Palopó area. This lake is an endorheic lake with a maximum depth of 1,120 ft. The beautiful lake is a mixture of natural beauty formed by volcanic activities and is still surrounded by three volcanoes. Due to the lake’s immense beauty, it has become an important tourist attraction of Guatemala. The German naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt called it “the most beautiful lake in the world,” and famously wrote of it in his 1934 travel book Beyond the Mexique Bay: “Lake Como, it seems to me, touches on the limit of permissibly picturesque, but Atitlán is Como with additional embellishments of several immense volcanoes.”
PS: There are several other lakes that are equally beautiful. This is our list of best and beautiful lakes with little research, user opinions on forums and wiki.