According to a Statistical Abstract by the U.S Census Bureau, almost 60 million people went to different beaches in 2012. Beach traffic explodes during the summer season with millions of people eager to relax and enjoy the sun and sand. However, crowded beaches are no fun, so below are five beach locations that you don’t want to miss.
Virginia Beach is a bustling resort city next to Norfolk, Virginia. Visitors can choose from hundreds of hotels and restaurants while enjoying endless miles of beautiful beaches. Some of the most popular destinations include the Virginia Beach Amphitheater, the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art and the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center that has a the 300,000-gallon aquarium.
One of the most interesting places to visit on the Oregon coast is Seaside. The famous historic explorers Lewis and Clark may have ended their famous journey here, but this is an excellent city to start your exploration of the western coast. Seaside is conveniently located on Highway 101, which goes all the way along the western coast from Washington to California. Seaside offers pristine beaches with a paved boardwalk, downtown mall and small aquarium.
Mendocino, California is located in the upper northern part of California. Despite the small size, it is very popular with both visitors and artists. The climate is similar to a cool summer in the Mediterranean. The gorgeous natural beauty has drawn filmmakers to this small city for years. Mendicino offers many different beaches, forests, outdoor activities and award winning Mendocino wines.
Imperial Beach, located in California, is the most southwesterly city in the United States. While it is near San Diego, this small city is surrounded by uncrowded beaches, wetlands and countless beaches. There are many parks to choose from, in addition to popular eco-tourism hot spots. If surfing isn’t your first choice, then perhaps you can visit the Surfboard museum.
North Myrtle Beach
North Myrtle Beach is a charming coastal city located in Horry County, South Carolina. Visitors can enjoy the stunning natural beauty with plenty of golf, deluxe resorts, fine dining and fun shopping. The actual beach in North Myrtle offers nine miles wide sandy beaches and pleasant weather. There are plenty of family friendly activities, including water sports, amusement parks and miniature golf parks. The adult golf player can choose from over 120 different beautiful fairways. Year round festivals, shopping malls and 1,000 dining options make this one town that you don’t want to miss. You can find North Myrtle Beach condo rentals at North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce.
Regardless of where you go in the United States, there are many less well-known but equally enjoyable beaches that offer nature, entertainment and family fun.