Beaches in America are always synonymous with the exotic black sand coastline in Hawaii, the amazing surf in California, or the rocky cliffs of Jersey.

Beach bums rarely think of other beaches that are not located on the coast, especially those in landlocked states. However, many jaw-dropping beaches can be seen throughout non-coastal western states and the Midwest. Not only do these beautiful sights give people a unique experience, they are also less flocked by tourists.

Michigan City

On the coast of the picturesque Lake Michigan just a few minutes away from the Michigan border, on the Indiana side, lies Michigan City. The beautiful town is where the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Indiana Dunes State Park connect.

The area offers its visitors a vast 15 miles of shoreline and beaches that are suitable for activities such as bird watching and swimming. Washington Park Beach is situated in downtown Michigan City, whereas the other beaches can be found by driving to the west and are scattered along the lakeshore.

For those who want to hike, there are also several hiking trails in Indiana Dunes State park that offer stunning views of the dunes, the scenery, and the lake.


For those who want to feel as if they are in a fancy place in Europe without leaving the country, head over to amazing Lake Coeur d'Alene. The area is the perfect place to lay out in the sun and swim in the waters. It is also equipped with tons of establishments.

Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Lake Tahoe is a pristine alpine freshwater lake that is between the states of California and Nevada. Considered as the biggest alpine lake in the world and the second deepest after Oregon's Crater Lake, the beautiful destination boasts vibrant turquoise water.

The most famous out of the Lake Tahoe beaches is the Sand Harbor. Here, people can find white granite boulders that have an amazing contrast to the water's color. Secluded spots that are equally as marvelous as Sand Harbor include Secret Grove and Hidden Beach.

Here, visitors can do kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, boating, and hiking in the astounding state and national parks.

Bayfield, Wisconsin

The sleepy and small town of Bayfield is a must-visit for people who love adventures. Surrounded by amazing Midwestern homes and overlooking the Lake Superior, it is truly a sight to behold.

The town connects to the islands that make up the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, which is a chain of islands in Lake Superior famous for its beaches and dunes. One of its most popular spots in Madeline Island, which boasts its Big Bay State Park and La Pointe. Other places worth checking out are Stockton Island, and Raspberry Island.


People in Denver will absolutely love Chatfield State Park in Colorado. The state's reservoir allows people to bask in the view of the astounding Rocky Mountains foothills while swimming in the water. Visitors can also camp out in the area if they want to spend the night there.