Planning to take some time off for vacation this summer but don't want travel to your usual getaway destination? If you're feeling adventurous, check out our list of the top 5 most underrated U.S. beaches below. Who knows, you may find your new “go to” beach for summer vacations.
#1) Lake Tahoe
Featuring more than 72 miles of sandy beaches, Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. But this isn't just your ordinary freshwater beach destination. This Californian lake offers some truly memorizing scenery with snow-capped mountains blanketing the horizon and virtually crystal-clear waters. If you ever find yourself around the Lake Tahoe region, check out Zephyr Cove or Emerald Bay for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You can even grab a bite to eat at one of Lake Tahoe's many waterside restaurants.
#2) Amelia Island
Nestled inside Florida's Sea Island chain, Amelia Island is a remarkable beach that's often overlooked by tourists and vacationers. It offers 13 miles of pristine white sands along the Atlantic Ocean with native wildlife, local events, shopping and more. Amelia Island has won numerous awards over the years, including the Top 10 North American Islands award by Conde Nast Traveler's Choice Award for seven years in a row.
#3) Lanai, Hawaii
Also known as Pineapple Island because of its history as a pineapple plantation, Lanai is the smallest Hawaiian island that's open to the public. But don't let its small size fool you into thinking it's just another obscure patch of sand in the Pacific Ocean. Lanai offers 18 miles of untapped beaches with a nearby golf course, restaurants, water attractions and more. Be warned, though, you may have trouble reaching the island, as transportation to and from Lanai is limited.
#4) Bandon, Oregon
Located on the south-end of the mouth of the Coquille River is a quaint beach-side Oregon town called Bandon. In addition to marveling at the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, beach-goers here can enjoy horseback riding, kayaking, fishing, shopping, hiking, camping, and exploring Bandon's sand dunes and lighthouses.
#5) York Beach, Maine
York holds the title of being the second oldest town in Maine (only after Kittery). York Beach is an unincorporated seaside community within the City, consisting of Long Sands and Short Sands beaches. What makes this area unique, however, is the fact that you can enjoy both the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Maine here.
So, what's your favorite U.S. beach?