Everyone is looking to take a vacation to the wildly-popular destinations that attract millions of visitors every year (I.E. Athens, Rome, Paris), but sometimes you feel the need to spend your vacation time relaxing in a peaceful and serene location away from the hustle-and-bustle of the cities, and just reconnect with nature. When you are feeling the stress of work and life getting to be too much, a lakeside vacation is often the best medicine. Wherever you choose to take that lakeside vacation, don’t limit yourself to just the most local recreational lake, there are some awe-inspiring views and beauty in some of the most famous lakes in the world. Below, is a selection of our favorite World lake destinations:
1.) Moraine Lake, Canada
Moraine Lake is located near Banff, in Alberta, Canada. The lake is completely fed by melting glaciers flowing south, and creates the crystal-clear bottom to the Valley of the Ten Peaks. The hiking trails surrounding the lake is the most popular recreation on the lake that attracts world travelers. Not only are these hiking trails rugged and challenging, but every twisting turn of the trails leads you to unscathed natural landscapes and beauty. A more experienced hiker can take the more-challenging hike up to the Ten Peaks, though this a a tough climb, and can be dangerous during the Winter months.
2.) Lake Pinatubo, Philippines
Many lakes that you can visit have been around for thousands or millions of years, but with Lake Pinatubo, you have the chance to see a lake that no one in the world had ever seen before 1991 — because it did not exist. Lake Pinatubo is the result of a cataclysmic eruption of the volcano Mount Pinatubo, which blew its top on June 15, 1991. As a result of the eruption, a deep hole was carved out of the remnants of the volcano, and quickly filled with water. The eruption was so strong, and the crater was so deep, that Lake Pinatubo is now the deepest lake in the entire Philippines.
3.) Bâlea Lake, Romania
We cannot even begin to tell you what a treat a vacation to Balea Lake is. Located in Central Romania, the destination consists only of the lake itself, two Chalets (Open Year-Round), a meteorological station, and a mountain rescue station. The destination is secluded, but is accessible by car in the warm months, and by cable car in the winter, so supplies are never a worry in a strong storm. Additionally, the Chalets are open all year long and regularly have a high occupancy of guests in even the most blistering winter months. If you are considering really roughing it, you can stay at the Ice Hotel located on the banks of the lake, and yes, it is a hotel made completely out of ice. The Ice Hotel may be a bit too extreme for some travelers, but for the adventure seekers, it is perfect.
4.) Crater Lake, Oregon
When it comes to terms of locality, Crater Lake may be the easiest for most Americans to plan a visit-to, as it is fairly close to the Major U.S. Cities of Seattle, Washington; Portland, Oregon; and San Francisco, California. The lake is caldera lake, meaning it was formed from a massive volcanic explosion — like Lake Pinatubo, though this lake is over 7,700 years old. There are no rivers or waterways in or out of the lake, though the lake remains at a semi-constant water level thanks to a delicate balance of snowfall, rainfall, and evaporation. Basically its own private ecosystem, Crater Lake tends to be the most peaceful and serene lakes to visit in the United States. Attractions of the lake include Wizard Island, a large island dotting the center of the circular lake — and “The Old Man of the Lake,” an ancient tree trunk that has been bobbing continually in the water for centuries.
5.) Lake Malawi, Africa
Lake Malawi is an African Great Lake (just like the chain of Great Lakes in the Northwestern Hemisphere that border the United States and Canada), that is massive in size. The lake contains a volume of 8,400 cubic kilometers (5219 cubic miles), and borders the countries of Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania. The lake is used more for fishing and local travel and shipping, but offers recreation as well. The lake is sometimes referred to as “The Lake of Stars,” because of the glow of lanterns from fishermen who dot the lake at all hours of the night. Again, though the lake is used for a great deal of commercial traffic, some of the best water recreation and resorts in the region are located right on the banks of Lake Malawi. Tourists from all over the world flock to see the Great African Lake, and it is even a tradition for local residents to visit the lake during Christmas and other vacations. Lake Malawi is a sight to be seen at once in your lifetime.
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