Most people think about heading to one of the coasts when they need a beach retreat, but you don’t need an ocean to find an epic beach town. It’s actually the middle of the country that’s privy to some of the most surprising travel gems for summertime fun.
St. Petersburg/Clearwater is one of those unicorn destinations that has it all – top-rated beaches, award-winning attractions, and incredible weather. The blue skies, pastel buildings, and waterfront are a photographer – and snowbird’s – dream.
They say, “The best summer you’ll spend is a winter in Havasu.” While the city certainly lives up to its reputation as one of the craziest spring break destinations in the U.S., in the offseason, the city is a quiet reprieve while the rest of the country is blanketed by snow.
A conglomerate of communities that includes Clute, Freeport, Lake Jackson, Quintana, and Surfside Beach, Brazosport is a region on the Texas Gulf Coast and an easy beach getaway from Houston.
Corpus Christi can seem a little anticlimactic upon arrival because unlike most beach towns, there’s no obvious boardwalk or touristy area. It’s enormous and encompasses multiple beaches, cities, and habitats. Once you get a lay of the land and stop to marvel at just how massive it truly is, you’ll begin to appreciate just how much room you have to play.
Monterey has become a sort of refuge for those seeking something – direction, inspiration, a sign. People return year after year in hopes of finding meaning in the place where the ocean blends effortlessly into the sky.
An island trapped in time between the Upper and Lower Peninsula in Michigan, the tiny landmass is only reachable by ferry from either side of the mainland. Known as the jewel of the Great Lakes, what really makes Mackinac Island special is it’s a completely car-free experience.