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Clearwater, FLBlessed with tranquil Gulf breezes and true-to-its-name crystal-clear waters, Clearwater's status as one of America's best shorelines has lured vacationers to the year-round beach town for over a century. Families and couples tend to avoid the heavily developed and at-times-raucous neighbor St. Pete's Beach (if not the traffic) by crossing the soaring bridge to the slim barrier island of Clearwater Beach. 960 1280
South Beach, MiamiThe American Riviera, SoBe or the Art Deco District — whatever you call it, Miami's South Beach is hot year-round. After all, these time-tested nicknames were rightfully earned by its notorious party scene (drinks flowing, filled with celebrities — when they're not aboard their super-yachts, of course), its part-American, part-Cuban cultural heritage, and its eccentric, candy-colored architecture along palm-lined streets. 960 1280
Ocracoke, NCVisitors on the East Coast and beyond looking for a peaceful escape will find 16 miles of enchanting, untouched beaches and a charming, close-knit village (about 1 square mile) on Ocracoke Island. In place of high-rise hotels or a business district, you'll find quaint rental cottages, elaborate gardens tucked behind picket fences and commercial fishermen’s yards — marked by their nets and crab pots. 960 1280
South Padre Island, TXEvery year the sunny shores of South Padre Island beckon to rowdy spring breakers to cross over the 2.5-mile Queen Isabella Causeway from the Texas mainland in mid- to late March. The rest of the year, however, it appeals to budget-conscious families and honeymooners looking for access to water sports, restaurants, bars and shops — without a big price tag. 960 1280
Cannon Beach, ORNestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Coast Mountain Range, Cannon Beach is named for a cannon that washed ashore in 1846. Its forested headlands, towering monoliths, charming art town and 3.5 miles of serene beaches make it one of the most beautiful places in the US. 960 1280
Honaunau Bay, HIHonaunau Bay is one of a series of tranquil, turquoise bays tucked into the Big Island's South Kona coast. The adjacent Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Park is nicknamed "City of Refuge," with 238 acres of land and plenty of seaside picnic tables and barbecues. For snorkeling, head to nearby 2-Step Beach (named for it's easy-in, easy-out, 2-step entry into the water), which is also known for dolphin encounters. 960 1280
Hilton Head, SCJust 45 minutes from Savannah and Beaufort, SC, this boat-shaped island — one of the largest on the East Coast — is perfect for both families and individuals who are looking for a large resort area with more to do than just relax by the shore (although this isn't a bad place to do that, too). Hilton Head is home to countless trails for biking and running, more than 30 golf courses and 300 tennis courts. 960 1280
Little Palm Island, FLThe resort at Little Palm Island, FL, is one of the best in the country, with one of the best beaches in the entire stretch of the Keys. Just a scenic 30-minute drive from Key West, you'll find a marina, exquisite accommodations (with ocean views from each suite), gourmet meals and a full-service spa. 960 1280
Myrtle BeachAs the largest beach along South Carolina's 60-mile Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach is the East Coast's ultimate vacation hub. While travelers come first and foremost for the extensive white-sand beach, Myrtle Beach also boasts amusement and water parks, restaurants (1,700 of them!), live entertainment, nature preserves, outlet shopping and more than 100 golf courses (most open to the public). 960 1280
Poipu Beach, HIPoipu Beach is a series of 3 white crescents curving beside turquoise waters along Kauai's south coast. Poipu Beach is a near-perfect destination for multigenerational vacations, where older kids and active adults can head closer to the rockier coastline to catch some surf, while younger waders can stick to the crescents' middle beaches, where the water tends to be calmer. Or make a day of it at Poipu Beach Park, where you'll find picnic tables, restrooms, showers and a lifeguard on duty for your convenience. 960 1280
Best American Beaches 10 Photos
Independence Hall"Strange question! I never thought about this, but I am a huge fan of the founding fathers. In particular: Washington, Jefferson, Adams and Franklin. These were indeed the greatest Americans. So I guess I'd say Independence Hall in Philadelphia. It's where an amazing group of men met and against all odds created a great country, drafted the finest document since the Magna Carta, and wrote their own history." - Matt Long, Sand Masters, Sundays at 7PM 960 1280
Battlefield at Gettysburg"No hesitation...Battlefields at Gettysburg, PA...why? Cause it's the one place I can stand at any time of the day and get chills and emotions I can't begin to describe....that's powerful."
- Zak Bagans, Paranormal Challenge, Fridays at 9PM 960 1280
Washington Monument"I like the Washington Monument because I read a book about it that said it is all based on that one stone on the top- the cap stone."
- Bert Kreischer, Bert the Conqueror, Sundays 3:30PM 960 1280
Hoover Dam"My favorite US Monument is the Hoover Dam. It is a shining example of the can-do American attitude. The monstrous size of Hoover Dam, coupled with the herculean effort put forth by all the laborers and engineers involved in the construction, is awe inspiring. Not only is it an example of what can be achieved but it is a nod to the forward thinking of the time, 75 years later it is still a functioning source of renewable energy."
-Ben Muzzey, Truck Stop Missouri, Premieres in August 960 1280
Crazy Horse Memorial"The Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota is by far the biggest, baddest, most impressive feet of monumental sculpture on the planet! My favorite by far. These are not monuments but the Zion, Bryce, Canyon Lands, Arches National Parks changed my life forever. Their beauty is unparalleled. Their size, configurations, and color serve as a constant reminder of the power of wind, water and time."
- Rusty Croft, Sand Masters, Sundays at 7PM 960 1280
Sequoia National Forest"The giant Sequoia trees in the Sequoia National Forest. Why my favorite? They are ancient and wise reminders of how old this earth is. With their size alone, they bring attention to how much de-forestation has occurred, and to how much we have to gain by protecting ancient lands. The trees inspire me. They help me feel both rooted to the ground and deeply appreciative of all this earth/world/life has to offer me, and all I have to offer it. They inspire humility, which I find is a very genuine experience."
- Morgan Rudluff, Sand Masters, Sundays at 7PM 960 1280
Statue of Liberty"The Statue of Liberty from my sailboat. I have dreamed of sailing around the world, and when I do, I will finish my journey sailing past the Statue of Liberty. I want to experience some of the emotions that my ancestors felt. She is one of the endearing monuments to freedom and after facing the perils of the open ocean I know that I will feel the strength of her embrace."
- Joe Bechtold, Truck Stop Missouri, Premieres in August 960 1280
Favorite Monuments 9 Photos