8 Incredible Lakes To Visit Before You Die
Looking for a little inspiration this Wanderlust Wednesday? We’ve got you covered. Last summer, we spent a great deal of time in Europe and New Zealand and visiting lakes seemed to be a recurring theme. From France to Slovenia, it seemed like everywhere we went, we found ourselves staring out at the most incredible lakes, saying “I’ve never seen anything more beautiful”. These are the lakes rounding out our list that are absolutely worthy of a spot on your bucket list.
Lake Bled, Slovenia
Lake Bled is the whole reason we wanted to get to Slovenia. Every picture I would see of it just looked like a fairytale place that I had to see in person. Little did we know, there is so much more to Slovenia than Lake Bled, but it is still impressive. Unfortunately, the day we were there was pretty overcast and kept trying to rain on us. I’d love to see it on a bright and sunny summer day.
Lake Bourget / Lac du Bourget, France
This place will always be special to us as we spent two weeks house sitting in a small village overlooking this magnificent lake. The best thing about this lake, other than the beautiful vistas, was that it was not touristy at all. In fact, it was definitely one of the more difficult places we’ve stayed in terms of getting around and not speaking the language. But that was the beauty of it. Be sure to pay it a visit before the word gets out!
Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand
This renowned lake is surrounded by the Remarkables mountain range in the South Island of New Zealand and is known for its remarkable scenery (see what I did there?). It is quite popular as Queenstown sits right on its shore, along with one of our most favorite places, Glenorchy. The views you have to see for yourself to believe. I can’t think of a place I’ve ever been that’s more stunning than this.
Lake Como, Italy
We decided to skip Milan and instead spend 2 nights in Lake Como on our European road trip and we can’t say enough how happy we are to have made that decision. Visiting the quaint lakeside towns of Menaggio, Bellagio and Varenna was a bucket list trip I will never forget. It was so incredibly romantic and charming with its cobbled, winding stairways and stone paths with luxury villas, shops and eateries. Maybe one day we will get to Milan, but honestly I just want to head straight back to Lake Como!
Lake Annecy / Lac d’Annecy, France
This gorgeous lake in the French Alps was completely unplanned, yet where we have our fondest memories from last summer. Dubbed the “Venice of the Alps”, I would take it over the actual Venice any day. It truly is like stepping into a storybook and there is so much to see and do there. We hit the lake during a massive heat wave and all we wanted to do is soak in the cool, crystal clear waters.
Lake Bohinj, Slovenia
This is “the other lake” in Slovenia that is becoming more and more popular, and in my opinion, is much more beautiful than its neighbor, Lake Bled. It is actually the largest glacial lake in Slovenia located in the Bohinj Valley of the Julian Alps. Its a peaceful spot to escape the city and enjoy the wonderful scenery.
Lake Pukaki, New Zealand
You’ll notice there are quite a few lakes from New Zealand on our list, but really there could have been more! New Zealand is covered with magnificent lakes, but I’ve honestly never seen bluer waters than at Lake Pukaki. We visited on a perfect 70-degree sunny day and we were completely mesmerized by this lake. We climbed up on the rocks and just stared out into the dramatic scenery of beautiful snow-capped mountains set against the lake. Trust me, you’ll want to take a detour to see this if its not on your route.
Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
Just a few minute drive from Lake Pukaki sits another must-see lake, Lake Tekapo. Like Pukaki, the waters are incredibly clear and blue surrounded by a dramatic mountain range. You’ll find a short strips of shops and eateries, as well as a charming old church, the Church of the Good Shepherd. The alter window frames the amazing views of the lake. Its an image you don’t want to miss.