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.
Willoughby Lake North Beach, Vermont
Willoughby Lake was carved out of northeast Vermont by a glacier several million years ago and hasn't gotten much warmer since. Still, hanging out at the edge of this 320-foot-deep, tree-lined oasis is incredibly peaceful when the sound of locals shouting as they jump off nearby Devil's Rock doesn't echo off towering Mount Pisgah. Along the lake's eastern edge, there are natural waterslides, but most locals stick to North Beach and stay out of the water lest they encounter the local sea monster named Willy or hypothermia.