Summertime means lounging by the water, catching the best waves, and taking in the sunny rays. Live landlocked? Not a problem, the ocean isn’t necessary for an awesome day of Beachin’. With these 20 inland shorelines, you’re guaranteed an epic exploration. From rivers hidden in snowy peaks, to lakes surrounded by sprawling dunes, there’s a coast for everyone to enjoy.
This village of 2,000 citizens makes up the largest municipality in Eastern Greenland. Visit the mountainous community to discover a bustling harbor, local workshops, and a booming dog sledding culture.
Lagoa dos Caiçaras, Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Brazil
Find 932 miles of sprawling white sand dunes at this otherworldly national park.
Havasu Falls, Arizona, United States
Located within Arizona’s Grand Canyon, Havasu Falls can be reached by a 10 mile hike down the canyon’s steep slopes. Though the treck is lengthy, the destination is worth it— the falls are known worldwide for their sparkling blue water and remote beauty.
Moraine Lake, Canada
Ideal for hiking, mountaineering, and canoeing, Moraine Lake is an outdoor lover’s paradise.
Verzasca River, Vogorno, Switzerland
Surrounded by towering Swiss peaks and picturesque mountain villages, this river valley’s vast boulders and emerald water are perfect for an afternoon swim.
Yamzho Yumco, Shannan, China
Considered a sacred lake by the Tibetan people, Yamzho Yumco is home to the holy Samding Monastery. The lake has been visited by many on historical pilgrimages, including the honored Dalai Lama.
Fjaðrárgljúfur was formed by Ice Age glaciers almost nine thousand years ago. Wade far enough down the shoreline and you’ll find some of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls.
Blue Lake, Colorado, United States
This remote glacial basin is one of the Rocky Mountain’s best kept secrets.
Ganges River, Varanasi, India
Flowing 1,500 miles through India and Bangladesh, the Ganges is a fascinating waterway full of mystery and narrative. Unfortunately, the river around Varanasi is fairly polluted, though the culture and history behind it remind us of its true beauty.
Bussloo lake, Wilp, Netherlands
Sandy beaches and crisp water make this lake a hot spot for swimmers, sunbathers, and beachin’ families.
Pragser Wildsee, South Tyrol, Italy
Located near the Italy-Austria border, Pragser Wildsee is rich in 20th century history. Once a part of the Austrian territory, the lake has a second lesser known German name, Lago di Braies.
Fitz Roy, Patagonia
This mountainous region is one of the hardest to reach, even for the world’s best climbers. On the chance you do make it up, be sure to pack a jacket— Fitz Roy is located in Patagonia’s Ice field, which can reach below freezing temperatures some summer nights.
Home to Roman ruins, prehistoric cave paintings, and captivating museums, this river town is a must-see for beachgoers fascinated by history.
Mono Lake, California, United States
This otherworldly lake was formed over 600,000 years ago, and is one of the desert’s most alluring attractions.
Las Coloradas, Mexico
Our list wouldn’t be complete without the legendary pink lakes of Las Coloradas. Rumor has it, the red algae and plankton under the surface make the shallow waters appear pink, but we’re convinced it’s magic.
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