Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan – Sleeping Bear occupies 35 miles on Lake Michigan's eastern coastline and is home to hiking trails, museums, an 1871 lighthouse and a historic farm district.
Corolla Beach, North Carolina – North of Nags Head on the Outer Banks, the area went undeveloped until the 1980s.
Cannon Beach, Oregon – Haystack Rock stands in front of Cannon Beach and can also be seen from Tolovana Beach.
Siesta Key, Florida – The beaches on this portion of Florida's Gulf Coast are known for their immaculate white sand.
Black Sands Beach, California – Ancient redwood trees guard the beach at Black Sands in Humboldt County.
Napali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii – Accessing this North Shore beach is challenging, but the area's remoteness only adds to its allure.
Headlands Beach State Park, Mentor, Ohio – Ohio's longest public beach on Lake Erie is surrounded by Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve, a haven for migrating birds, monarch butterflies and rare dune flora.
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware – Often referred to as the "Nation's Summer Capital," Rehoboth has a mile-long boardwalk.
Edisto Beach, South Carolina – About an hour southwest of Charleston, the area touts itself as family-oriented and not overly developed.
South Padre Island, Texas – This Texas barrier island is known for its natural setting and laid-back attitude.
Papakolea Beach, Hawaii – Hawaii's Big Island is home to one of the world's few green sand beaches.
Stinson Beach, California – Located in Marin County, the area near Stinson Beach includes Bolinas Lagoon Preserve and Muir Woods.
Ocracoke Island, North Carolina – Home to the second-oldest operating lighthouse in the United States, Ocracoke was used as a hideout by the infamous pirate Blackbeard.
Grand Haven Beach, Michigan – Grand Haven was a commercial ferry port on Lake Michigan before transforming into a family vacation destination with a musical fountain, boardwalk, beautiful beaches, lighthouses and historic downtown.
Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts – Marconi Beach is named for the Italian inventor who completed the first wireless transatlantic communication from there at the beginning of the 20th century.
Amelia Island, Florida – Less than an hour north of Jacksonville, Amelia Island boasts 13 miles of beaches.
Punaluu Black Sand Beach – Located south of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Punaluu Black Sand Beach gets its color from volcanic activity and is also known for sea turtle sightings.
La Push, Washington – Located on the Olympic Peninsula, La Push is the northernmost of Washington's beaches.
Santa Catalina Island, California – Avalon Harbor is located on the southeast side of Santa Catalina Island.
Orange Beach, Alabama – This Gulf Coast beach is about an hour's drive from Mobile, Alabama.