In fact, Idaho -- laced with America's most beautiful rivers and lakes -- may be the country's best kept secret when it comes to fun under the summer sun.
Discover your own Idaho, from swimming the day away at one of the long public beaches at Coeur d'Alene Lake, or state park lake beaches like Bear Lake ("the Caribbean of the Rockies").
Then there's Priest Lake, Lake Pend Oreille (the state's largest and deepest) and lots more opportunities to make a big splash at Farragut State Park.
Anywhere you go in Idaho, you'll always find a sweet spot nearby to swim, boat or fish. Have fun!
Lake Coeur d'Alene.
DID YOU KNOW? Idaho lake beaches fun facts:
• Century-old stories about the Bear Lake Monster fascinate residents and visitors around the Utah-Idaho border, and to this day no one can agree if it is a true tale of a prehistoric marine serpent -- or the biggest fish story in American history.
• Bruneau Dunes State Park is the site of North America's highest sand dune towering approximately 470 feet (140 m) high.
• Besides Lake Coeur d'Alene, within easy reach of the Coeur d'Alene area, are dozens of other lakes that were left behind by the glaciers of the ice age.
More about Idaho beaches and summer fun around the Web:
Idaho Summer Outdoor Attractions - The rivers in Idaho are no small potatoes, and this site has what it takes to do them justice, with a huge database searchable by activity, keyword and location, together with an Idaho summer resorts guide. And take some time to explore the rest of the site including slideshows, photo galleries, and videos.
Lucky Peak State Park - Eight miles from Boise, and famous for Sandy Point Beach, with maps and directions, photo slideshow.
Silverwood Theme Park - The complete guide to Idaho's premier water park and the huge wave pools at Boulder Beach, with information on summer entertainment events, rides, attractions, maps & directions.