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.
Peterson Road Beach, Michigan
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has more stunning beaches than most coastal states. The stunning reserve hugely popular among in-the-know Chicagoans, who drive up remote Peterson Road toward the secluded, stunning beach that sits just beyond where it puddles into a parking lot surrounded by dunes. From the beach, visitors can see South Manitou Island and swim out – and promptly back – in the crisp water.
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