From East to West coast the U.S. offers beaches of all sizes and characteristics. From outdoor activities, concerts and some delicious food these beach towns offer a scenic getaway with an amazing experience.

Cannon Beach, Oregon

Famous for haystack rock and Ecola National Park, Cannon Beach is a lovely waterside city with a life of its own. Though you won’t be in a bathing suit much of the year Cannon Beach boasts miles of washed ashore driftwood that makes for beautiful hikes and photo ops.

Check out: Many of cannon beaches local art galleries, the Puffin winery shop for a wine tasting and the Ecola hiking trail.

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Charleston, SC

Charleston’s known for its beautiful sunsets and plethora of history. It has been dubbed the holy city due to no building allowed to be taller than the downtown church steeples; Charleston’s city has an old town vibe with many modern twists.

Check out: Magnolia Plantations and Gardens and Patriots Point, the military museum with retired navy ships. Downtown Charleston is the place to go for dining and drinks.


Rehoboth, Delaware

Is known for its beautiful beaches as well as outdoor getaway options. Take a stroll on the city’s boardwalk and check out local shops and the charming beach cottages. Also, explore Gordon’s Pond and the Junction and Breakwater Trail which both offer hiking and biking trails for those looking to get outdoors.

Check out: The city’s farmer’s market is daily from 12-3 PM. Arena’s Deli and Bar is a local icon, sandwich and coffee shop. Clear Space Theater Company is a non-profit that produces performances throughout the year.



Destin, Florida

Residing on the strip of land that connects Florida to the rest of the United States, Destin’s white sands and light blue waters are a close tropical destination option. From the event and boating center, Baytowne Wharf, at the entrance of the city to the famous  beach area, Seaside- Destin offers amazing shopping and harbor walk experiences. You wont be able to miss the amount of dolphins that the ocean boasts as well.

Check out: Lola’s restaurant for food and sea adventure, Louisiana Lagniappe for cajun food and a nice atmosphere. For a little pirate action check out the Buccaneer Boat Cruise.

Destin; Photo by Lance Asper on Unsplash

Laguna Beach, CA

Think Lauren Conrad’s hit show Laguna Beach; the California gem between Los Angeles and San Diego offers the views that movies are made of. With its hidden coves and copious amount of spas, Laguna Beach offers the perfect relaxing getaway.

Check out: The romantic 1000 Steps Beach, Laguna Beach House Hotel, and Adolfo’s for a beachside Mexican dinner.

Laguna Beach; Photo by Sean Pierce on Unsplash

Gulf Shores, AL

Alabama gets looked over when it comes to beach destinations but the AL coast offers the perfect getaway. Gulf Shores is a great place for kids due to its family friendly activities. From restaurants with rope courses and outdoor sand pits to mini golf and water parks Gulf Shores provides the perfect beach trip. Gulf shores is also known for hosting concerts and the Hangout Musical Festival in the summer.

Check out: The Yard Milkshake Bar, for a sweet treat. The Hangout restaurant is a Gulf Shores classic,  make sure to get a picture in the oversized beach chair. As for brunch Brick and Spoon is the perfect spot.

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Kailua, HI

Find Kailua on the east coast of Oahu. With calm waves and white sands, Kailua is popular do to it’s less crowded areas, compared to other Hawaiian islands. President Barack Obama has even spent Christmas in Kailua the past seven years. The town has a quaint atmosphere, and the Hawaiian culture is a bonus.

Check out: The Lanikai Pillboxes, a hike that features bunkers built as a world war defense system along with beautiful views. The Kailua Farmers Market: Island, coffee, Hawaiian and Japanese delicacies and plenty of Dragonfruit.

Kailua; Photo by Ian Stauffer on Unsplash


Morro Bay, CA

Famous for Morro Rock, the volcano at the end of the beach, Morro Bay is a picturesque beach destination. The city is located in San Luis, California along CA State Route 1. A national park surrounds the bay due to its unusual geographic features. It is a great place to lay on the beach or hike around and explore the terrain.

Check out: Embarcadero, a local place to shop and get a bite to eat, as well as rent water sports. Sea otter watching, the creatures hub along the coast and are very playful.

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South Padre Island, TX

Texas may be the last place you think of when it comes to beach destinations, but the Texas coast offers a relaxing beach vacation. Disclaimer, South Padre Island is known as a spring break hub during March and April, but is calm the rest of the year.

Check out: The Point Isbel Lighthouse, watch the sunset over dinner at Pier 19 and watch fireworks at Louie’s Backyard int the summer months.


Bar Harbor, Maine

Some of Maine’s best beaches are in Bar Harbor, the city is known for its art and frequent guest, Martha Stewart. Near the beach, Cadillac Mountain is a great hike and said to be where the first sunrise in the United States occurs.

Check out: McKay’s Public House for lobster mac and cheese, Jordan Pond House for homemade blueberry jam and the Acadia Yurts, as a place to stay, in honor of the Native American history in this area.

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