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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!

Summer of Sightseeing – Beaches
2 weeks ago

Summer of Sightseeing – Beaches

Believe it or not, you don’t have to travel outside of the country to experience some of the most pristine and tranquil beaches. The United States is home to some of the best beaches in the world.

As part of our Drive the Nation Summer of Sightseeing, today we are highlighting our favorite beaches in the United States. Participate in the fun by sharing a photo of your favorite beach and enter for a chance to win the Drive The Nation Summer of Sightseeing contest using #DTNSoS. You can view the official rules here.

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Top U.S. Beaches
1 month ago

Top U.S. Beaches

By  •  Places, Beaches

There’s no denying that America is home to some of the best beaches in the world. We have the best of both worlds. From the forest and mountainous oceans on the West Coast and the tropical oasis on the east coast. Regardless of what type of beach experience you’re hoping to find, there are a few that are truly unlike any other. And the ones that we consider to be amongst the best in the country. Take a look and see our pick for the Top U.S. beaches and tell us if you agree.

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Key West in a Day
1 month ago

Key West in a Day

The end of the 100-mile Overseas Highway, that long dramatic drive down through the Florida Keys, and the place of legend and lore is Key West. It is a town to linger in, and to soak in the “Conch” frame of mind. But if you have only a day to linger, here are the highlights to make your visit memorable.

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Oleta River State Park
1 month ago

Oleta River State Park

The Oleta River runs through the northern reaches of the metropolitan Miami area. While Miami is famous for its glitz and glamor, over the top shopping, and clubs, as well as its showy Atlantic Ocean beaches, those from farther away may miss out on this, the largest of all Florida’s urban state parks. Locally it is thought of as the Central Park of the Sunshine State. It is an incredible natural escape from the glittery city that surrounds it.

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Visiting Nantucket, MA
2 months ago

Visiting Nantucket, MA

Nantucket has long been home to the nation’s best limericks. Also, home of some of the single most idyllic photographs capturing the natural beauty of New England. Found off of the coast of Cape Cod, and neighbor to Martha’s Vineyard is Nantucket. Nantucket is known for having an active arts and culture center. In addition, the city has rich historical sites and charming local shops and eateries.

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Best National Parks of the Pacific Islands
4 months 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
5 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
7 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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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.