Summer is around the corner, and for many Americans, this means hitting the road to the nearest coast and getting some much-needed R&R on the beach. From East to West, the U.S is full of different coastal towns that bring in visitors from all over the states. Here are a few of the top choices you might want to visit later this summer. 

Bar Harbor, Maine

A historically popular summertime destination, Bar Harbor, Maine offers its visitors much more than typical coastal beaches. Located on Mount Desert Island, this stunning location provides visitors with over 50 square miles of mountainscapes for hiking and coastlines and lakes that offer plenty of fishing and boating activities. 

Cape May, New Jersey

An ever-popular east coast destination, Cape May, New Jersey holds the title of the oldest seaside resort in the country. Here visitors will find the historic charm of some of the most beautiful Victorian architecture across America, making this the perfect coastal destination for both history and architectural enthusiasts. Cape May is also the perfect vacation spot for foodies alike, being declared the culinary capital of New Jersey, by the New York Times. 

Cannon Beach, Oregon

Cannon Beach, Oregon, is a small coastal town that’s more known for its abundance of visitors than it is actual residents. Here, visitors can enjoy stunning, rugged coastal terrain, and a charming but lively downtown area with tons of shopping and top quality restaurant spots. If you’re a fan of nostalgia and the 1980s, you can visit Cannon Beaches’ most famous landmark, Haystack Rock, which was featured in the classic film, The Goonies. Visitors can enjoy walks on the coastal sandy beaches or a hiking journey in the surrounding state park. 

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California 

A west coast destination for perfect for art enthusiasts and couples looking for a romantic coastal getaway. Carmel-by-the-sea is not only considered of the country’s most romantic getaways but has also been named one of National Geographic’s best beach towns. Tourists can enjoy art galleries and restaurants across the quiet downtown area, or take a scenic walk down the beaches of the Monterey Bay coastline. If your travel partner has four legs and a tail, you’re both in luck; Carmel-by-the-sea has a leash-free policy that will give your furry-friend a little more free roam!