Tenaya Lake East Beach, California

Californians know to head straight to Tenaya Lake after passing through Yosemite National Park's Big Oak Flat Road gates. The Ahwahneechee Indians called the place Pywiack (Pie-we-ack), meaning "Lake of Shining Rocks," which was entirely apt. The peaks surrounding the water glint beautifully in the clear sunlight. Over the past few years, trails to East Beach have been refurbished, and the place is now more accessible than ever – and just as shiny.