Lanikai Beach, Hawaii – Lanikai Beach in Kailua, Oahu, features the beautiful waters and sands that make Hawaii famous for its beaches.
South Beach, Florida – South Beach remains one of Florida's most popular beaches because of the restaurant and club scene, the fabulous Art Deco architecture and, last but not least, the beautiful beach.
La Push, Washington – Located on the Olympic Peninsula, La Push is the northernmost of Washington's beaches.
Bald Head Island, North Carolina – Bald Head Island is the southernmost of North Carolina's cape islands. Most of its 12,000 acres is set aside as natural preserves. The island's attractions include a salt marsh paddle trail and the historic Old Baldy lighthouse.
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware – Often referred to as the "nation's summer capital," Rehoboth Beach has a mile-long boardwalk.
Siesta Key, Florida – The beaches on the Siesta Key portion of Florida's Gulf Coast are known for their immaculate white sand.
Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan – Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore occupies 35 miles on Lake Michigan's eastern coastline and is home to hiking trails, museums, an 1871 lighthouse and a historic farm district.
Long Beach, Mississippi – The Mississippi Gulf Coast features 26 miles of gentle ocean beaches, including Long Beach (shown here) just west of the Gulfport-Biloxi area.
Big Sur, California – Head to Big Sur via breathtaking Highway 1. The stunning coastal stretch is dotted with scenic beaches.
Napali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii – Accessing the Napali coast in Kauai is challenging, but the area's remoteness only adds to its allure.
Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve, 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.
Cannon Beach, Oregon – Haystack Rock stands in front of Cannon Beach and can also be seen from Tolovana Beach.
La Jolla, California – The beach community of La Jolla, California, is known for its great surfing, but the scenery is pretty nice too.
Edisto Beach, South Carolina – About an hour southwest of Charleston, the area that includes Edisto Beach, South Carolina, touts itself as family-oriented and not overly developed.
South Padre Island, Texas – The Texas barrier island of South Padre is known for its natural setting and laid-back attitude.
Ocracoke Island, North Carolina – Home to the second-oldest operating lighthouse in the United States, Ocracoke, North Carolina, was used as a hideout by the infamous pirate Blackbeard.
Isle of Palms, South Carolina – Isle of Palms is an easy coastal escape from nearby Charleston, South Carolina.