Bliss Beach, Nevada

Lake Tahoe boasts many of America's most striking beaches. The water is clear in the shallows and dark blue in the middle. The sand is clean and bright. The snow remains on top of the Sierras year-round. But the most memorable beach is on the eastern side of the lake in Nevada's D.L. Bliss State Park (named for a prominent banker/lumberman). Bliss Beach is popular with swimmers – who tend to jump out of the freezing water fairly quickly – SCUBA divers taking advantage of the amazing clarity, and campers, who can stay at the nearby Beach Camp.