There is something about lakes that many people find beautiful. It is possibly the fact that most lakes are surrounded by mountains and just being there and taking in that view is soul-healing. Well, I am proud to say that I have visited over 30 lakes around the world, but these 7 I found to be the most beautiful lakes in the world.
Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand
Lake Wakatipu is a large, glacial lake on the South Island of New Zealand. It is set amongst stunning mountain peaks and breathtaking alpine scenery, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in New Zealand. The lake is home to various types of wildlife such as wading birds, trout, and rare native fish species. In addition to its natural beauty, Lake Wakatipu has numerous activities for visitors to enjoy. Hiking and biking trails can be found around the lake’s shores, offering spectacular views of snow-capped mountains and lush green countryside.
Lake Baikal, Russia
Lake Baikal in Russia is the world’s deepest lake, measuring an incredible 5,387 feet (1,642 meters) deep. It is also the largest freshwater lake in the world by volume, containing roughly 20 percent of all unfrozen freshwater on Earth. The lake is home to a wide variety of plants and animals that are not found anywhere else on the planet and it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its natural beauty and biodiversity.
Baikal has long been considered sacred by local indigenous people including Buryats, Evenks, and Tofs who live around Lake Baikal and have relied on it for their sustenance for centuries. Local legends tell of how god created the lake when searching for a place to hide from the devil.
Lake Hillier, Australia
Lake Hillier is a pink-colored lake located on Middle Island, off the south coast of Western Australia. It is one of several pink lakes around the world, but it is notable for its vivid hue and its stability over time—the color has remained consistent for at least several hundred years. Though it appears to be related to the presence of certain algae and bacteria in the water, the reason behind Lake Hillier’s unusual color remains unknown. The salinity level of the lake is also quite high, which helps prevent mixing with other bodies of water nearby.
Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada
Lake Tahoe, USA is one of the most beautiful and popular vacation spots in the United States. Located on the border of California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe has known for its crystal clear waters, stunning mountain views, and wide variety of activities available to visitors. From skiing and snowboarding in the wintertime to hiking and boating in the summertime, there’s something for everyone at Lake Tahoe. The lake itself is a natural wonder – it’s surrounded by 72 miles of shoreline edged by majestic mountains that provide a breathtaking backdrop. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing getaway or an action-packed adventure vacation, Lake Tahoe has it all.
Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
Plitvice Lakes is a stunning national park in Croatia and an absolute must-see for any visitor. This breathtaking area of cascading waterfalls, terraced lakes, and lush greenery is one of the most beautiful sights in Europe. With 16 interconnected lakes, numerous species of animals, dramatic waterfalls, and hundreds of walking trails, Plitvice Lakes provides visitors with a unique experience that they could never forget. The crystal-clear waters are perfect for swimming or paddling while spectacular views over the surrounding countryside make it a great spot for photography or simply taking in nature at its finest.
Laguna Colorada, Bolivia
Laguna Colorada is a majestic salt lake in the south of Bolivia that features a captivating red hue. Having mineral-rich water creates a unique pigment and gives Laguna Colorada its distinct color. This incredible body of water spans 60 square kilometers and has been designated as a Ramsar wetland site. It is home to several species of rare wildlife including Andean flamingos, which are often seen feeding on the algae in the shallow waters. Laguna Colorada’s otherworldly landscape consists of tall volcanoes, rolling hills, and hot springs.
Moraine Lake, Alberta, Canada
Moraine Lake is a beautiful turquoise glacial lake tucked away in the Valley of the Ten Peaks in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. This stunning mountain lake surrounded by snow-capped peaks and lush evergreen forests is one of the most iconic Canadian landscapes and has been featured on postcards and travel brochures for decades. It’s no wonder why it’s become such an iconic image – its beauty is breathtaking!