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31 can't-miss U.S. beaches

By Katia Hetter, CNN
updated 8:40 AM EDT, Sat August 30, 2014
Lanikai Beach in Kailua, Oahu, features the beautiful waters and sands that make Hawaii famous for its beaches. Lanikai Beach in Kailua, Oahu, features the beautiful waters and sands that make Hawaii famous for its beaches.
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Lanikai Beach, Hawaii
Assateague Island, Maryland
Gulf State Park, Alabama
South Beach, Florida
La Push, Washington
Bald Head Island, North Carolina
Cumberland Island, Georgia
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Siesta Key, Florida
Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan
Sand Beach, Maine
Hammonasset State Park, Connecticut
Long Beach, Mississippi
Big Sur, California
Hampton Beach, New Hampshire
Main Beach, New York
Napali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii
Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve, Ohio
Cannon Beach, Oregon
La Jolla, California
Ponce de Leon historical site, Florida
Block Island, Rhode Island
Edisto Beach, South Carolina
South Padre Island, Texas
Kiptopeke State Park, Virginia
Cape Disappointment State Park, Washington
Galveston Island, Texas
Ocracoke Island, North Carolina
Cape May, New Jersey
Ecola State Park, Oregon
Isle of Palms, South Carolina
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • There's still time to enjoy United States coastal and lake shores
  • There are lovely swimming spots all over the country
  • Lower gas prices mean it's more affordable to drive to many beaches

(CNN) -- The crash of the waves on the shore, the sand beneath your toes and even the smell of suntan lotion are still calling your name.

No matter that there are too few summer days left. There's still time to squeeze in a trip to a U.S. coastal or lake beach, lay out a towel and enjoy the fading sounds of summer.

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And it's getting cheaper to drive there. For those wanting to hit the road, gas prices for many travelers are the lowest they've been at this time of year since 2010, according to AAA. The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline was $3.44 per gallon heading into the Labor Day weekend. Last year the price of gas on Labor Day was $3.59.

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Why not drive to California, Florida or Massachusetts? Or head to peaceful water-focused havens in Oregon, Michigan, Virginia or Washington? Or maybe it's time to break the bank and go to Hawaii, where the beaches are some of the loveliest in the world.

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Click through the gallery to see a collection of America's loveliest and most intriguing beaches. What would you add to the list?

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