• 7 US beaches every traveler should visit


    Summer may be on its way out, but that doesn't mean there isn't time to take one last trip to paradise. Here are seven of the best beaches for United States travel ranked by leading online travel sources.

    1. Glass Beach, California
    According to CNN's ranking of the 22 Most Beautiful Beaches, Glass Beach is part of northern California's MacKerricher State Park and is one of the most unique beaches on the West Coast. You'd never believe it if you saw it, but it used to be a dumping ground in the mid-1900s. After it became illegal in the late '60s to dispose of trash on the land, the waves pounded the household glass into beautiful glass pebbles that now shimmer across the beach's shoreline.

    2. West Beach, Alabama
    Coastal Living suggested a visit to one of Alabama's best beaches for family travel. Its miles of soft, white sand stretch along the Gulf Shores Parkway and, although it's a popular vacation spot, it offers a private oasis if you walk down far enough. The water is warm and calm, which makes it perfect for toddlers.

    3. Siesta Key Public Beach, Florida
    Looking for a nice beach for year-round travel? Siesta Key Public Beach was listed among the top three on TripAdvisor's ranking of The Best U.S. Beaches. It's known for its breathtaking turquoise waters and bright, fine sand. There are a number of close-by, affordable hotels for travelers who are lucky enough to take a trip to this piece of paradise.

    4. Sea Camp Beach, Georgia
    Located on Georgia's Cumberland Island, Sea Camp Beach makes up a portion of the Atlantic side's 18-mile stretch of beach. This a great beach for adventure travelers who love to roam the shores and collect shells and sea glass, as Sea Camp is covered in these natural wonders. Coastal Living described the beach as one of the most interesting in terms of what beach goers will discover on its shores, including horseshoe crabs, wild horses, manatees and sea turtles.

    5. Lewes Beach, Delaware
    After weaving through the sandy trails leading into Lewes Beach, you'll find a series of grassy dunes that give way to the crystal clear shores. If you glance far enough into the distance, you'll find the Delaware Breakwater East End Light on a small island adjacent to the shore, according to CNN. This picturesque beach is a prime location for shell collectors and photographers as well.

    6. Hunting Island State Park, South Carolina
    The Hunting Island beach attracts over 1 million visitors each year. It features a campground for tent campers and RVs and is a popular place for fishing, as the marshlands lie next to the warm Atlantic Ocean. The Hunting Island website recommended climbing the historic Hunting Island Lighthouse for spectacular views of the entire beach.

    7. Sand Beach, Maine
    According to Coastal Living, Sand Beach is nestled between the winding mountains of Mount Desert Island at Acadia National Park. Hikers will find trails available on both sides of the beach, which is covered in soft sand made from the waves pounding on shells.

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