Lake Powell, Utah and Arizona, United States

Lake Powell, Utah

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Lake Powell is a man-made reservoir on the Colorado river. Located in the United States between Utah and Arizona, Lake Powell is surrounded by magnificent Navajo sandstone canyon walls in bright oranges, reds, and whites. These striking colors contrast beautifully with Lake Powell’s blue-green waters. Lake Powell is a sprawling, winding lake, and is the second largest man-made lake in the United States. The lake was made when Glen Canyon Dam was constructed in the early 1960s, flooding Glen Canyon. The lake, along with Horseshoe Bend and the notable Rainbow Bridge National Monument rock formation, is now part of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Visitors to the lake can tour its waters via boat rental or guided tour. Tour operators and lodging can be found in the nearby town of Page in Arizona.

Lake Powell, Utah

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Lake Powell, Utah

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Lake Powell, Utah

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Lake Powell, Utah

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Lake Powell, Utah

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Lake Powell, Utah

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Moriane Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Nestled quietly within Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, is the incredibly beautiful Moriane Lake. This glacially-fed lake is rather small, with a surface area of only 0.5 square kilometers (0.19 square miles). Lake Moriane is a striking blue-green color, caused by the presence of glacial rock flour that refracts sunlight. The alpine lake is located at an elevation of 1,885 meters (6,183 feet), and is surrounded by stark mountain peaks. Visitors to this picturesque lake can enjoy hiking in the area, and also check out the other amazing aspects of Banff National Park, such as the lovely Lake Louise.

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Spirit Island Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

The picturesque Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada is known for its breathtaking mountain scenery with calm clear lakes framed by jagged snow covered peaks. The national park is the largest of its kind in the Canadian Rockies, covering a total area of over 10,878 square kilometers (4,200 square miles). Within Jasper National Park lies an amazing collection of lakes, waterfalls, hot springs, glaciers, and massive mountains. Visitors to the park can enjoy a vast array of activities, including hiking and mountain biking on extensive trails, skiing at Marmot Basin, fishing, swimming, kayaking, whitewater rafting and boating on many of the lakes and rivers, plus camping in numerous areas. For those looking for some quiet relaxation, Miette Hot Springs is the perfect place to go. Tourists can visit the park via car or motorcycle, or by train. The closest international airport is in Edmonton, the capital of Alberta. Also nearby is Lake Louise in Banff National Park.

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Patricia Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Talbot Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Tonquin Valley, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Spirit Island on Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Tangle Creek Falls, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Edith Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Athabasca Falls, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Lake Bled, Slovenia

 

Lake Bled is a glacial lake that lies in the municipality of Bled, located in northwestern Slovenia. The picture perfect lake features a small island in the middle which is home to the Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church. You can often hear the bell of the church ringing, as it is believed that visiting the church to ring its bell brings good luck. The romantic church is a popular place to have a weeding, as is the nearby Bled Castle. Visitors to Lake Bled can enjoy a walk around the lake, try their hand at fishing, or take a swim in its lovely emerald waters in the summer months. There are also ample opportunities for hiking in the nearby Triglav National Park. The closest airport to Bled is the Airport Joze Pucnik Ljubljana, just outside the city of Kranj.

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Lake Bled, Slovenia

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Lake Bled, Slovenia

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Lake Bled, Slovenia

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Glacier National Park, Montana, USA

Logan Pass, Glacier National Park, Montana

 

The famously beautiful Glacier National Park is located in the US state of Montana. The park is massively large, encompassing over 1,000,000 acres (4,000 square km). In the mid 1800s the park was named for its roughly 150 glaciers, though only 25 remain today and it’s estimated that all the glaciers will have melted by 2030. With over 130 lakes, two mountain ranges, over 700 miles of hiking trails, and many miles of scenic road, the park is a popular hiking, camping, and scenic driving destination for all manner of tourist. The nearest airport is in Kalispell, Montana, and the Amtrak train line stops at East and West Glacier, but most visitors choose to drive to the park. The park is also home to historic chalets and hotels if you’re looking for a more relaxed than rugged experience.

Swiftcurrent Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana

Grinnell Point & Swiftcurrent Falls, Glacier National Park, Montana

Two Medicine Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana

Lake Josephine & Mt. Gould, Glacier National Park, Montana

Glacier National Park, Montana

Glacier National Park, Montana

Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park, Montana

Glacier National Park, Montana

Grinnell Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana

Mono Lake, California, USA

Mono Lake, California

 

In Mono County, California, just Northeast of Yosemite National Park, lies a fascinating 760,000 year old saline lake. Mono Lake has no outlet to the ocean, and has become very salty and alkaline. The most notable feature of Mono Lake is it strange tufa formations, giving the lake an other worldly or moon-like quality. The tufa at Mono Lake are limestone formations that were once underwater but have slowly been exposed as the lake’s water evaporated. Tufa deposits are also found at Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia.

Mono Lake, California

Mono Lake, California

Mono Lake, California

Mono Lake, California

Mono Lake, California

Mono Lake, California

Mono Lake, California

Mono Lake, California

Mono Lake, California

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Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

In beautiful Wyoming you will find the breathtaking Grand Teton National Park, which features the 46 mile long Grand Teton mountain range. Grand Teton National Park is just 10 miles (16 km) south of Yellowstone National Park, and a visit to one should include a visit to the other. The park is named for Grand Teton mountain, the tallest mountain in the park at 13,775 feet (4,199 m). Grand Teton National Park has a rich history of Paleo-Indian and Native American settlements, dating to over 11,000 years ago. The park also has fascinating geography, with glaciated mountains, lakes, and valleys creating a unsurpassed landscape of beauty.

Mount Moran, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Mount Moran, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Jackson Lake, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Lotus Lake, Kaoshiung, Taiwan

Lotus Lake, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

The city of Kaoshiung in southwestern Taiwan is home to the stunning man-made Lotus Lake. The lake is a popular tourist destination famous for its many temples and its large statue of the Emperor of the Dark Heaven, a Taoist God. The most popular temples are the Spring and Autumn Pavilions, the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas, and the Confucian Temple. As its name suggests, Lotus Lake is famous for the many beautiful pink lotus flowers blooming around the rim of the lake. Lotus Lake is easy to get to by train from Kaoshiung city center, and the sights are best explored on foot.

Lotus Lake, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

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Lotus Lake, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

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Lotus Lake, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Lotus Lake, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

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Lotus Lake, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

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Lotus Lake, Kaoshiung, Taiwan

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