Crystal Clear Destinations: Visit These 11 Spots In The U.S. With The Bluest and Clearest Waters

There are quite some factors, like the presence of corals and sediment, that make water blue or clear—but let’s leave its science for now. I don’t know about you, but I’m sure you are amazed when you see a blue, crystal-clear body of water. Well, you’re in for a treat because we’ve curated a list of the most amazing spots in the U.S. where you can feast your eyes on the bluest waters you will ever see.

1. Jenny Lake, Wyoming

Shuttle boats on Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park ferry passengers to and from the far side of the lake
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Aside from offering a good view of its blue waters, this Grand Teton Park attraction is a hub for several popular trails that offer a variety of experiences. You can take a leisurely stroll around the lake, visit Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point, or venture into the backcountry via Cascade Canyon. Meanwhile, a longer hike is possible with trails like Lake Solitude or Hurricane Pass.

2. Crater Lake, Oregon

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Rivers typically feed lakes, but not this lake. Crater Lake is a pristine natural wonder formed within a collapsed volcano’s caldera. The lake’s water is sourced only from melted snow and rainfall. The absence of sediment and mineral deposits in the lake’s water contributes to its vibrant hue and exceptional clarity. A remarkable feature that makes it one of the cleanest and unspoiled lakes globally. Crater Lake, with a depth of 1,943 feet, is the deepest lake in the United States.

3. Lake Tahoe, California, and Nevada

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Although the lake’s water clarity has decreased in the last 50 years, new research shows that North America’s largest alpine lake has the most transparent waters since the 1980s. Lake Tahoe, one of the twenty oldest lakes in the world, was formed over 3–4 million years through a combination of volcanic activity, faulting, and glaciation. The Lake Tahoe Dam, built in 1913 in Tahoe City, raised the lake’s water level by about 10 feet, transforming it into a reservoir.

4. Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida. Fort Jefferson.
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The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is one of the last untouched marine ecosystems in the United States, and its greatest asset is the Tortugas’ extensive coral reefs. Strong marine currents and the area’s lack of pollution make for a thriving ecosystem home to diverse marine life. Its clean, clear water allows sunlight to penetrate deeper, supporting the growth of coral and providing an ideal habitat for marine life. This remote national park is perfect for snorkeling and diving.

5. Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconsin

Beautiful Sea Caves on Devil's Island in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Lake Superior, Wisconsin
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The Apostle Islands are located in Lake Superior, and the lake’s clarity draws divers and kayakers who want to see the vibrant underwater landscapes and shipwrecks. Beaches, cliffs, ocean, and 21 individual islands comprise the vast and varied landscape of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

6. Yosemite, California

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The high snowmelt runoff during the spring and early summer seasons renders the water of several Yosemite lakes, including Mirror Lake and Tenaya Lake, exceptionally pure. The optical clarity of these bodies of water is often exceptional, allowing for stunning mirroring of the surrounding landscape. This national park is famous for its spectacular scenery and waterfalls, but you can swim in most waterways. The Merced River is a popular kayaking, rafting, and floating spot.

7. Devil’s Den, Florida

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This is an extraordinary underground natural pool near Gainesville, characterized by its transparent blue-green water that maintains a constant temperature of 72°F. The highly transparent water provides excellent visibility for visitors to observe underwater rock formations, fossils, and aquatic life. One can engage in snorkeling or scuba diving amidst the rock formations, stalactites, and prehistoric fossil deposits.

8. Warren Falls, Vermont

Warren Falls, Vermont
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This location within the Green Mountain National Forest is a noteworthy discovery, as it boasts cascading waterfalls and natural pools exhibiting remarkably clear water. You can slide down the falls, jump off the rocks, or kick back in the natural jacuzzi. Cliff jumping is a popular activity here but always carries a high risk, so it would be best to exercise caution.

9. Sebago Lake, Maine

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Sebago Lake in Maine is renowned for its pristine clear water. Nestled amidst picturesque landscapes, the lake’s crystal-clear depths offer a mesmerizing sight. Visitors are enthralled by the clarity of the water, which allows for excellent visibility, making it an ideal destination for boating, swimming, and other water activities. The sparkling clarity of Sebago Lake’s waters creates a tranquil and immersive experience, inviting all who visit to appreciate its natural beauty.

10. Havasupai Falls, Arizona

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This remote oasis in the Grand Canyon is where you can see five spectacular waterfalls with turquoise water contrasting with red rocks. You must hike 10 miles or take a helicopter from the trailhead at Hualapai Hilltop to reach this paradise. Its unique turquoise color results from mineral-rich water flowing over the limestone formations of the area.

11. Lanikai Beach, Hawaii

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Showcasing the breathtaking panorama of the Mokulua Islands has earned Lanikai Beach a reputation as one of the world’s top beaches. The reliable wind conditions make the beach ideal for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Located in the Kahao neighborhood of Kailua on the leeward side of Oahu, Hawaii, this beach also goes by Kahao Beach. The word Lanikai means “heavenly sea” in Hawaiian. With its heavenly sea and breathtaking views, it’s genuinely “shore” to make you feel like you’re in beach heaven!

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