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Beach Road Trips

If you love the feeling of the sand between your toes, hearing the waves crash on the shore, and smelling the salt air in the breeze, then these articles are for you! Whether you’re taking a road trip to the beach or road tripping along the coast, we recommend visiting some of the best beaches in the U.S. Our travel writers share their favorite beaches to visit during the summer and any time of year.

From the white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, to the exciting Atlantic Coast and the breathtaking Pacific, plus all the glorious lakeshores in between, the U.S. has so many beaches to visit. Make your upcoming driving vacations even better by stopping by the many beautiful, white beaches across the USA. Beach road trips are perfect for all ages, and can even be affordable when traveling on a budget.

You can find out the best beach destinations for all times of day, and all seasons of the year. From sunrise to sunset and cooler weather, get excited by driving with the windows down and breathing in the ocean breeze during your beach road trips. We also provide you with budget traveling tips that ensure your journey to the beach is affordable and relaxing!

Best National Parks of the Pacific Islands
4 weeks ago

Best National Parks of the Pacific Islands

More than tropical temperatures and colorful flowers, the Pacific Islands are where battles raged, and cultures continue to flourish. Today, visitors have the opportunity to hear personal accounts of war survival. Also, witness artistry of indigenous peoples, or even feel the cold rush of rain (or lava!)

Decorated in white sand, verdant jungles, and colorful coral reefs, the national parks of the Pacific Islands are all ripe for exploration this time of year. Read on to learn our editors’ picks for the Best National Parks of the Pacific: 

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Warren Dunes State Park
2 months ago

Warren Dunes State Park

It’s no secret that Michigan is a cold state with several months out of the year that requires its resident and visitors to stay warm and indoors. However, what many people don’t realize is that Michigan is also absolutely stunning the rest of the year. So beautiful, in fact, that there are state parks that many visitors travel to each year to just to explore the outdoors. The Warren Dunes State Park is one of the most famous for those who call Michigan home and those that are just visiting.

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Indiana Dunes State Park
4 months ago

Indiana Dunes State Park

One of the best-kept secrets of the Midwest is that you can go to the beach for a day trip, and it is almost like being in the Atlantic, Pacific or Caribbean. Where? Lake Michigan, and specifically, Indiana Dunes State Park and the adjoining Indiana Dunes National Seashore. It’s only 45 miles east of America’s Second City, Chicago, in Chesterton, Indiana. There, you can go camping, hiking, sunbathing, swimming, and all of it with views of the beach and of the shimmering waters of the Great Lake.

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Hunting Island State Park, SC
4 months ago

Hunting Island State Park, SC

There’s no place that captures the beauty of the American south quite as perfect as South Carolina. From the southern comfort to the woodsy outdoors, South Carolina is the epitome of the south. When you’re looking for that perfect place to pack your bags an enjoy a weekend away, Hunting Island State Park is just the place to go in the state of South Carolina.

Why is it such a sight, you might ask? Read on to find out…

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Cape Cod National Seashore
5 months ago

Cape Cod National Seashore

When travelers envision the perfect beach getaway, the first place that usually comes to mind is usually somewhere in Florida or maybe even the Caribbean. Most wouldn’t think of the northeast, but believe it or not, there are some beach gems located there. For example, Cape Cod National Seashore located in Massachusetts, which was founded by President John F. Kennedy on August 7, 1961.

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Padre Island National Seashore
6 months ago

Padre Island National Seashore

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It’s probably safe to assume that “the beach” isn’t the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about Texas. For states like California or Florida, sure, but Texas?

While there’s a lot of amazing things you can do and see all over Texas from rodeos to football to barbecue, there’s also a ton of shoreline that is ready for you to explore. One of the best spots to really enjoy unspoiled water and islands is at the Padre Island National Seashore.

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Quick Guide to Catalina Island
6 months ago

Quick Guide to Catalina Island

A resort getaway off the coast of Los Angeles, Catalina Island is a world apart from the hustle and bustle of the mainland just 22 miles away. The air is refreshing, the water is clear and the community is casual. Our favorite part? There’s not one traffic light on the whole island. Our team at DriveTheNation.com has compiled the following Quick Guide to Catalina Island:

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Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
6 months ago

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Virginia Beach’s Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge was originally established in 1938, as a haven for migratory birds. It now spans more than 9,000 acres, expanding nearly 5,000 acres since 1988, and continues to be a primary stopping point for both feeding and rest during the journey south. It draws more birds now than ever, thanks to a buffer zone that reduces pollution from chemicals and fertilizers.

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Beach Road TripsVisit The Best Beaches in the U.S.

Whether you’re traveling with family, friends, a loved one, or solo, beaches offer a wonderful vacation destination. With hundreds of amazing beaches across America, it could be hard to choose just one! No matter what type of beach you’re looking for, there’s one that will work well for you. The U.S. has the best beaches for relaxation, surfing, partying, sea shelling, whale watching, walking, swimming, fishing and more. Browse our articles to find a beach that meets your vacation needs.

The next time beach road trips are in your plans, trust Drive The Nation to help you plan all the essentials. From budgeting and scheduling, to choosing a destination and activities, to finding an affordable hotel, we’re got you covered. Share photos of your favorite beaches to visit on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more using @DriveTheNation or #DriveTheNation.