America's 10 Wonderful Waterfront Cities Worth Visiting 

Chatham, Massachusett

This charming seaside town on Cape Cod's southeastern edge is known for its pristine sand, tranquil waves, and busy Main Street with art galleries, mom-and-pop shops, and restaurants.

Cannon Beach, Oregon

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

Bar Harbor, Maine

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

Cape May, New Jersey

Cape May, New Jersey, is not your usual beach town. In addition to sunbathing on the beach, guests can tour the Emlen Physick Estate and see approximately 600 preserved Victorian houses.

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Virginia Beach, one of America's most popular coastal communities, has something for everyone, from adventurers to beachgoers.

Biloxi, Mississippi

Biloxi, on the Gulf of Mexico, attracts foodies with its fresh seafood, especially shrimp. The 65-foot (20-meter) Biloxi Lighthouse, built in 1848, offers Instagram-worthy coastline vistas from the top.

Newport Beach, California

Most visitors head to Huntington Beach or Laguna Beach, so this coastal SoCal city, conveniently positioned between Los Angeles and San Diego in Orange County, remains a hidden gem. 

Newport, Rhode Island

Newport has drawn visitors since 1639 with its Gilded Age mansions, hundreds of beaches, and bustling downtown with locally owned drinking, dining, and shopping. 

Anacortes, Washington

The San Juan Islands, where hiking, animal viewing, and adventure await, are accessible from Anacortes. Discover Bowman Bay's quiet waters on whale-watching cruises and guided kayaking adventures from here. 

Wilmington, North Carolina

A weekend trip in this historic Cape Fear River port city is exciting. Wilmington's coastal setting makes afternoon sailing a must. Beer aficionados may take a half-day e-bike tour of Wilmington's best craft breweries. 

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