Twenty-three of America’s 50 states are edged by thousands of miles of ocean coastline (12,479 to be exact). If you count states bordered by the Great Lakes, that brings America’s coastline mileage to a whopping 94,122. Not all of it’s hikeable—unless maybe you’re a ballsy woodsman comfortable with a compass and map—but both national and state parks services have bushwacked and prepped thousands of miles of coast creating treks prime for a hiking junkie’s vacation.
Here are the 10 best coastal hikes in the U.S. All you need is time off, a solid pair of boots, and you’re just a grueling climb away from the best views of ocean or lake in America.
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