Lobster Cove, Maine

To savor a local delicacy in peace, hop a ferry from a mid-coast port to Monhegan, a square-mile hunk of rock, timber, and artist studios 10 miles off of mainland Maine. Stop at Fish House Seafood Market for a roll on your bike through the tiny village (cars aren't allowed on eco-friendly Monhegan) to Lobster Cove, on the southern tip; when you spot the rusty ribs of the old shipwreck, pick a big flat rock with a majestic view of crashing surf and dive-bombing seabirds. Sure, the undertow is deadly and the water frigid even in August, but that just means you won't have to share the scenery.