Beaches may require sand and surf, but they don’t require an ocean. Even with summer coming to an end, Yahoo! Travel identified their Top 5 choices for non-ocean beach destinations with Sleeping Bear Dunes receiving the Number 2 spot. This is no surprise after being named the “Most Beautiful Place in America” in the ABC Good Morning America contest and #1 Best Greak Lakes Beach by Dr. Beach.
The other top winners were all located in the western half of the United States and Canada, including:
- Lake Powell, Utah. Located in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area with over 186 miles of sandy beach. The scenery is beautiful because the lake is surrounded by shear red-rock canyon walls. http://www.lakepowell.com/
- Lake Travis, Texas. An 18-acre lake located near Austin,Texas that offers 270 miles of shoreline with boating, fishing, parasailing and more. http://www.lake-travis.com/
- World Waterpark, Alberta Canada. The home of the world’s largest indoor water park located in the West Edmonton Mall. Its five-acre pool is open year round giving residents and visitors a break from the 15-degree average winter temperature. http://www.wem.ca/play/theme-parks-attractions/world-waterpark
- Lake Havasu, Arizona. Located in Lake Havasu City which boasts of 300 days of sunshine each year. Lake Havasu has 60 miles of waterways for boating, swimming and fishing. It also has a reputation as being the top destination for spring break partiers. http://www.golakehavasu.com/
After watching the Yahoo! Travel video story, it’s clear that Sleeping Bear Dunes offers something very different from the other Top 5 Non-Ocean Destination winners. Watch the video and you decide what that is.