America's 10 Wonderful Waterfront Cities Worth Visiting   

This popular beach town on Cape Cod's southeast tip has pristine sand, calm waters, and a vibrant Main Street with art galleries, mom-and-pop shops, and restaurants, including nostalgic candy stores that sell fudge and saltwater taffy.

Chatham, Massachusett

Cannon Beach, a small coastal town 90 minutes from Portland, is an adventure road trip destination. Haystack Rock, a 235-foot (71-meter) rock formation, is Cannon Beach's most popular attraction.

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Bar Harbor, Maine

Bar Harbour is best known as the gateway to Acadia National Park, but it can also be a beautiful destination on its own. Explore this must-see destination by boat on a local sightseeing tour.

Cape May, New Jersey

Cape May, New Jersey, is not your typical beach town. In addition to sunbathing on the beach, visitors can tour the Emlen Physick Estate and admire over 600 preserved Victorian buildings.

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Virginia Beach, one of America's most popular coastal cities, has something for everyone, from adventurers to beachgoers. Over 35 miles (56 kilometres) of beaches offer plenty of space to build sandcastles, play beach volleyball, or read a book.

Biloxi, Mississippi

Fresh seafood, especially prawns, draws foodies to Biloxi on the Gulf of Mexico. Biloxi Lighthouse, built in 1848, offers Instagram-worthy coastal views.Biloxi has 26 miles (42 kilometres) of sandy beaches, scenic views, famous shellfish, and the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum showing the city's maritime history. 

Newport Beach, California

This Orange County coastal city between Los Angeles and San Diego is a secret because most visitors go to Huntington Beach or Laguna Beach. Pirate's Cove, the Original Frozen Banana, the Little Shop by the Sea, and a speakeasy are in Newport Beach.

Newport, Rhode Island

Newport has drawn visitors since 1639 with its Gilded Age mansions, dozens of beaches, and bustling downtown with locally owned drinking, dining, and shopping. Take a tram tour of the massive mansions, a culinary walking tour with boat-to-table food, or the 3.5-mile (5.6-kilometer) Cliff Walk for ocean views to see how the ultra-wealthy lived.

Anacortes, Washington

The San Juan Islands, where hiking, wildlife viewing, and adventure await, are accessible from Anacortes. Discover Bowman Bay's calm waters on whale-watching cruises and guided kayaking tours from here. Boating in Washington Park and hiking in Mount Erie and Cap Sante Park are also popular.

Wilmington, North Carolina

Weekend getaways in this historic Cape Fear River port city are fun. Wilmington's waterfront makes afternoon sailing essential. Beer lovers can tour Wilmington's best craft breweries by e-bike for half a day. Wine lovers will enjoy this leisurely walking tour with stops at local wine bars.

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