Sand, sun, and surf … does it get any better than a trip to the beach? It can if you decide to set up shop and stay awhile! Check out some of the best shoreside spots in the country to “rough it” in a tent or an RV.

Long Key State Park (Florida)

You’ll enjoy an unparalleled Atlantic Ocean view from any one of the campsites at this lush, tropical park, which also offers two hiking trails and several lagoons that are ideal for kayaking excursions. For a 360-degree view of the entire island, head up the Golden Orb trail and take it all in. Anglers should make sure to bring their lines along, to take advantage of the great bonefishing opportunities that await.

Gold Bluffs Beach Campground (California)

Fall and Spring are the best seasons to relax amongst the Redwood trees, search for treasures in the sand, or head out on a hike at this tranquil Golden State spot. Located off of a dirt road in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park in Northern California, it’s a world away from the hustle and bustle. Be on the lookout for grazing elk as you explore more than 70 miles of walking and biking trails — some of which wind through stunning Fern Canyon.

Cape Lookout (North Carolina)

You’ll need to embark on a three-mile boat ride to reach these secluded barrier islands, but the peace and privacy of the beach is totally worth the trip. From canoeing and swimming, to village strolls and seashell searches, there’s truly an activity here for everyone. Be sure to climb up to the top of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse to get an unforgettable panoramic perspective. Explore more of the outer banks with a coastal Carolina itinerary.

Padre Island National Seashore (Texas)

Wildlife lovers will adore this 70 mile-long stretch of unspoiled sand, which is home to numerous birds, sea turtles, and other species. It also holds the title of longest undeveloped barrier island anywhere in the country. Teeming with history, this area is the site of numerous shipwrecks. Search the beach for buried treasures like a Spanish coin to claim as a special souvenir.

Assateague Island National Seashore (Maryland/Virginia)

“Wild Horses” becomes more than just a song when you camp out on this beach, famous for its roaming ponies. Birdwatchers are in luck, too; more than 300 species of feathered friends visit or make their homes on the island. This gorgeous beach stretches all the way from Maryland through Virginia for a total of 37 miles. Talk about being two places at once!

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