We all need to recharge once in a while and escape reality, even if it’s for a brief period. Some of the best getaways are those that allow us to experience nature and appreciate the beauty it brings to our lives. If you are a water lover, there are plenty of destinations to choose from around the U.S. Here are some of the best ones:
1 | ASBURY PARK BOARDWALK – (New Jersey)
The Asbury Park Boardwalk was once a great tourist destination. Tides shifted, and it created a “Brooklyn on the beach” vibe. It stretches into New Jersey’s music scene with a variety of bars lined up. There is also the Silverball Museum Arcade that holds more than 600 arcade machines, and the beautiful beach that completes the name of Asbury Park.
2 | NAGS HEAD – (North Carolina)
The three famous beach towns in the Outer Banks are Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, and Kitty Hawk, commonly referred to as the Nags Head despite being one of the power trio beaches. It stretches for 11 miles of beach and includes the highest sand dune on the East Coast. Nags Head is also a surfer’s haven. It also features Jeanette’s Pier, which is one of the best spots to view the beach.
3 | SAUGATUCK / DOUGLAS – (Michigan)
Saugatuck is a tourist destination in western Michigan. There are budget-friendly hotels that cater to visitors who want to experience “The Great Art-Doors,” which became a popular destination for the antiques and arts.
4 | GOLDEN GARDENS PARK – (Washington)
Nestled in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, the Golden Gardens Park is a must-see if you are headed in the area. Spanning more than 80 acres, this spot overlooks the Puget Sound where you can see beautiful yachts moored at Emerald Landing (emeraldlanding.com). If you are up for some swimming with your family, Golden Gardens is a great venue. You and your family can also enjoy camping as it comes with designated fire pits.
5 | CANNON BEACH – (Oregon)
Cannon Beach is located on the west coast and features plenty of cabin rentals and micro hotels. Cannon Beach is famous for Haystack Rock, one of Oregon’s distinguishable icons that emerges from the Pacific with dominance. The beach is also packed with dogs, restaurants, breweries, and many galleries.
6 | OCEAN CITY – (Maryland)
The Ocean City is a mid-Atlantic shore with an ‘80s theme that most visitors love. It also comes with plenty of hotels, motels, and other properties converted for rental. The locals at Maryland are the most welcoming of all, making this place a favorite among many tourists.
7 | ANNA MARIA ISLAND – (Florida)
Anna Maria island features structures with a sun-faded architecture, beachside seafood snacks, and ice cream shops with various beach activities available for everyone. You can enjoy their paddle boarding and kayaking tours and experience snorkeling trips at Passage and Egmont Keys.
8 | HALEIWA – (Oahu, Hawaii)
Haleiwa is one of Oahu’s best beaches and a favorite for surfers. There are colorful old buildings, boutiques, art galleries, and architecture influenced by North Shore’s past sugar industry.
9 | REHOBOTH – (Delaware)
For members of the LGBTQ community, a perfect spot for spending time in the waters would be Rehoboth. This upscale destination features some of the best parties and gustatory offerings. They are great for families as well, as it features an amusement park and often hosts summer concerts. If you are a craft beer enthusiast, then this place is going to be heaven for you.
Exploring the beautiful waters of the U.S. is a fun and immersive activity that you can try with your family and friends. Pack your bags and enjoy some relaxing time for yourself.