Looking for a splashy place to cool off? Check out our roundup of refreshing lakes, rivers, ocean beaches, and water parks.
In early fall, waters around the West warm up, and everyone starts looking for a place to dive in. Whether you love a quiet lake or river, a raging water park, an aquamarine swimming pool, or a sandy ocean beach, we've got you covered. But you'll still need to apply your own sunscreen!
Check out our roundup of the best places to get wet:
Lakeside retreats : Nearly a dozen Western favorites
17 water destinations : From Aqua Adventure to Whiskeytown
Best beach towns : Sandy seaside retreats
Adventures on the Yuba : A beloved swimming hole
Photography by Khanh Vo
This article was originally published in August 2012. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.