When people think of beaches in the US, they usually picture Miami, the Venice Beach boardwalk, or maybe even the rocky cliffs of the Pacific Northwest or the Jersey Shore. Very rarely do we think about beaches not on either coast — and especially not in landlocked states.
However, some of the country’s most beautiful beaches happen to be on lakes throughout the Midwest and non-coastal western states. Not only is the scenery spectacular, but many of these beaches have vibrant small towns with communities that rival the famed beach towns of the coasts. These 11 best beach towns in landlocked states are definitely worth traveling to.