Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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By Diana GerstackerWhen
you think of national park getaways, what comes to mind?
Maybe your mind goes
to epic hikes in Yosemite, paddling the coast of Acadia or camping out under
the stars in Zion—but chances are you didn’t think of relaxing
on a beach.
Most people don’t realize that many of our favorite national parks are
home to pristine beaches.
In fact, the 10 included on this list are just a small sampling of public
lands with incredible waterfront property.
We decided not to include the many picturesque national seashores and
lakeshores in this list—and there are many throughout the country.
We instead stuck to the national parks, which offer some unlikely gems and
some classic beauties.
Whether it be oceanfront, lakefront, or riverside, these parks offer up some
of the best beaches in the country.
From Acadia in Maine to Virgin Islands National Park in the Caribbean, these
are the wild and breathtaking beaches located within our national parks.
Acadia National Park — Maine Photo: ShutterstockThis incredibly
popular national park is best known for its dramatic rocky coastline, but
there is, in fact, a stretch of sand in Acadia that gives way to the Atlantic
Ocean.
The aptly-named cove is called Sand Beach (pictured here) and it’s a
popular spot in the summer despite chilly water temperatures.
There are other spots to access water in the park, like Echo Lake Beach,
which happens to offer warmer waters, but one of the best ways to see the
coastline is from the water — consider kayaking Acadia for some of the
best views.
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Virgin Islands
National Park — U.
S.
Virgin Islands Photo: Shutterstock
Travelers looking for the tropical
beach vibe will be blown away by the pristine beauty of Virgin Islands
National Park.
Set directly east of Puerto Rico, the park covers roughly 60 percent of the
island of Saint John and almost all of Hassel Island.
It’s renowned for its protected land, beaches, and waters — the
SCUBA diving and hiking is hard to beat.
Visit the iconic Trunk Bay beach (pictured) and Honeymoon Beach to experience
paradise first-hand.
Olympic National Park — Washington Photo: Shutterstock
From
snow-capped mountain peaks to sea stacks on the Pacific coast, the vast
expanse of protected land known as Olympic National Park has a lot to offer
visitors.
One such treasure can be found along the 73 miles of coastline, in the form
of beaches.
With both easily accessible and far flung options, you can find the exact
experience you’re looking for.
Drive to Rialto Beach for an easy trip or explore some of the more remote
options to the north.
A three mile hike will take you to Shi Shi Beach (pictured) where
you’ll find sea stacks and some of the most beautiful tide pools in the
world.
Haleakala National Park — Maui, Hawaii Photo: Shutterstock

Volcanoes are the main attraction at most of Hawaii’s national parks,
but travelers can find an interesting "beach" in Haleakala.
The park known as the "House of the Sun," stretches along Maui’s
coastline and features a beach of basalt stones and waterfalls.
Oheo Gulch (pictured) draws travelers from all over, so be sure to visit
early to avoid the crowds.
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S.
Lake Beaches
Grand Canyon National Park — Arizona NPS photo by
Michael Quinn licensed under CC BY 2.
0
Far from your average beach trip where you can simply unpack the car,
recline in a lounge chair and enjoy a frozen drink, getting to a beach in
Grand Canyon National Park is usually preceded by the trip of a lifetime.
The main way to access the best beaches in this national park is by joining a
rafting tour and camping on the sand overnight.
These trips range in length from three to 21 days and are booked well in
advance.
The water is always frigid, but in the summer heat there’s no better
place to be.
Stop off at Boat Beach at Phantom Ranch (pictured) and Football Beach for a
once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Biscayne National Park — Florida Photo: Shutterstock
It’s
no surprise that a park within sight of downtown Miami would have incredible
beaches, but despite its proximity to the high profile party city, a trip to
Biscayne National Park still gives the illusion that you’re worlds
away.
The park made up mostly of water also features coral reefs and
mangrove-covered coast and it’s the perfect spot for both outdoor
adventurers and those looking to get away.
The park is rich with wildlife and offers plenty of opportunities for
visitors to get out in the water or camp overnight.
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Channel
Islands National Park — California Photo: Shutterstock
The five
islands off the coast of California that make up Channel Islands National Park
are just an hour-long boat ride away, but those who visit say it feels like a
different world.
The rugged coastlines and undeveloped beaches typically draw those looking to
explore the park, but those looking to relax can find beaches that are mostly
untouched.
Explore sea caves, discover tide pools, hike the bluffs and then relax on a
beach looking out into the vast ocean.
Dry Tortugas National Park — Florida Photo: Shutterstock

Accessible only by boat or seaplane, Dry Tortugas National Park is composed
of mostly open water, with only seven small islands in the area.
Best known for its coral reefs and famous Fort Jefferson, the park located 70
miles south of Key West is great for divers, history buffs, and those looking
to relax on a very remote beach.
The beaches of Garden Key are renowned for snorkeling, but if you’re
simply looking for a patch of sand near some water you won’t have to
look hard.
Yosemite National Park — California Photo: Shutterstock

Breathtaking waterfalls, giant sequoias and the notoriously beautiful
Yosemite Valley are just a few of the picturesque draws in Yosemite National
Park and although the park doesn’t extend to the Pacific Ocean, there
are beaches you can visit too.
When the summer temperatures spike, float on the Merced River and visit the
two main beaches, Cathedral (pictured) and Sentinel, which offer sandy shores
and unbelievable views.
Redwood Forest National and State Parks — California Photo:
Shutterstock
Best known for being home to some of the oldest and tallest
Redwoods in the world, many people overlook the fact that this park has
oceanfront acreage on the Pacific.
In partnership with California State Parks, Redwood National Park manages one
of the most incredible beaches in the U.
S.
, Gold Bluffs Beach.
This 10-mile coastal stretch is a haven for hikers, campers and Roosevelt
Elk, who freely roam the undeveloped area.
Don’t miss the hike to Fern Canyon, which will have you walking
through 50-foot-tall canyon walls and some water, so bring your water shoes
and prepare to get wet.
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Most people don't realize that many national parks are home to pristine
beaches.
Such as at these 10.
.
Travelers looking for the tropical beach vibe will be blown away by the
pristine beauty of Virgin Islands National Park.
Set directly east of Puerto Rico, the park covers roughly 60 percent of the
island of Saint John and almost all of Hassel Island.
It’s renowned for its protected land, beaches, and waters — the
SCUBA diving and hiking is hard to beat.
Visit the iconic Trunk Bay beach (pictured) and Honeymoon Beach to experience
paradise first-hand.
Olympic National Park — Washington Photo: Shutterstock
From
snow-capped mountain peaks to sea stacks on the Pacific coast, the vast
expanse of protected land known as Olympic National Park has a lot to offer
visitors.
One such treasure can be found along the 73 miles of coastline, in the form
of beaches.
With both easily accessible and far flung options, you can find the exact
experience you’re looking for.
Drive to Rialto Beach for an easy trip or explore some of the more remote
options to the north.
A three mile hike will take you to Shi Shi Beach (pictured) where
you’ll find sea stacks and some of the most beautiful tide pools in the
world.
Haleakala National Park — Maui, Hawaii Photo: Shutterstock

Volcanoes are the main attraction at most of Hawaii’s national parks,
but travelers can find an interesting "beach" in Haleakala.
The park known as the "House of the Sun," stretches along Maui’s
coastline and features a beach of basalt stones and waterfalls.
Oheo Gulch (pictured) draws travelers from all over, so be sure to visit
early to avoid the crowds.
More from The Active Times:  The Best U.
S.
Lake Beaches
Grand Canyon National Park — Arizona NPS photo by
Michael Quinn licensed under CC BY 2.
0
Far from your average beach trip where you can simply unpack the car,
recline in a lounge chair and enjoy a frozen drink, getting to a beach in
Grand Canyon National Park is usually preceded by the trip of a lifetime.
The main way to access the best beaches in this national park is by joining a
rafting tour and camping on the sand overnight.
These trips range in length from three to 21 days and are booked well in
advance.
The water is always frigid, but in the summer heat there’s no better
place to be.
Stop off at Boat Beach at Phantom Ranch (pictured) and Football Beach for a
once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Biscayne National Park — Florida Photo: Shutterstock
It’s
no surprise that a park within sight of downtown Miami would have incredible
beaches, but despite its proximity to the high profile party city, a trip to
Biscayne National Park still gives the illusion that you’re worlds
away.
The park made up mostly of water also features coral reefs and
mangrove-covered coast and it’s the perfect spot for both outdoor
adventurers and those looking to get away.
The park is rich with wildlife and offers plenty of opportunities for
visitors to get out in the water or camp overnight.
More from The Active Times: The Best Water Parks in America
Channel
Islands National Park — California Photo: Shutterstock
The five
islands off the coast of California that make up Channel Islands National Park
are just an hour-long boat ride away, but those who visit say it feels like a
different world.
The rugged coastlines and undeveloped beaches typically draw those looking to
explore the park, but those looking to relax can find beaches that are mostly
untouched.
Explore sea caves, discover tide pools, hike the bluffs and then relax on a
beach looking out into the vast ocean.
Dry Tortugas National Park — Florida Photo: Shutterstock

Accessible only by boat or seaplane, Dry Tortugas National Park is composed
of mostly open water, with only seven small islands in the area.
Best known for its coral reefs and famous Fort Jefferson, the park located 70
miles south of Key West is great for divers, history buffs, and those looking
to relax on a very remote beach.
The beaches of Garden Key are renowned for snorkeling, but if you’re
simply looking for a patch of sand near some water you won’t have to
look hard.
Yosemite National Park — California Photo: Shutterstock

Breathtaking waterfalls, giant sequoias and the notoriously beautiful
Yosemite Valley are just a few of the picturesque draws in Yosemite National
Park and although the park doesn’t extend to the Pacific Ocean, there
are beaches you can visit too.
When the summer temperatures spike, float on the Merced River and visit the
two main beaches, Cathedral (pictured) and Sentinel, which offer sandy shores
and unbelievable views.
Redwood Forest National and State Parks — California Photo:
Shutterstock
Best known for being home to some of the oldest and tallest
Redwoods in the world, many people overlook the fact that this park has
oceanfront acreage on the Pacific.
In partnership with California State Parks, Redwood National Park manages one
of the most incredible beaches in the U.
S.
, Gold Bluffs Beach.
This 10-mile coastal stretch is a haven for hikers, campers and Roosevelt
Elk, who freely roam the undeveloped area.
Don’t miss the hike to Fern Canyon, which will have you walking
through 50-foot-tall canyon walls and some water, so bring your water shoes
and prepare to get wet.
WATCH: The Blue Lagoon:  A Geothermal Spa Heaven Let World traveling
club Travel inspire you every day.
Hang out with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
 Watch World traveling club Travel’s original series "A Broad
Abroad.
"
Most people don't realize that many national parks are home to pristine
beaches.
Such as at these 10.

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