With a shoreline roughly four times as long as the equator, America has more than its fair share of beautiful beaches. There are so many excellent seaside strands that standing out from the sandy crowd requires a degree of specialization. That's why our list of the best beaches in the U.S. is not all about towel lounging. These beauty queens offer adventure, wildlife, and great food – because it's not enough to be beautiful if you don't nail the talent portion.
Best for Seclusion
Salt Creek Recreation Area, Washington
An avalanche of lush, temperate forest sweeps down from the foothills of Washington's Olympic Peninsula, crashing into the north shore at Salt Creek, where the beaches, tidelands, and trailheads provide an ideal staging area for camping hikers and kayakers looking to lose themselves in untamed Pacific Northwest wilderness. To get to this Clallam County park, drive about 15 miles west of Port Angeles. Camp under the stars to watch the lights of British Columbia flicker across the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
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