America has over 400,000 lakes. Some of them are Great and some of them are decidedly more humble, but many of them offer the sort of sandy respite many travelers reflexively seek out in the Caribbean. The scenery tends to be different, pine forests replace jungle and granite mountains replace volcanic spires, but lakes can be just as welcome a place to enjoy a tan or a dip as any tropical island. Here are the best inland spots for swimming and sprawling this summer.
Antelope Island State Park, Utah
The Great Salt Lake is not the best spot in America for a dip, but its beaches have an ethereal appeal that makes them uniquely strange places to lay out the towel. Antelope Island State Park boasts many of the area's most memorable stands as well as a herd of bison, a bunch of antelopes, and the odd Bighorn Sheep. There's a restaurant and a campground on the island if you want to stay overnight, but it's a better bet to make it a day trip from Salt Lake City, which is just 25 miles north but feels eons away.
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