America's Most Beautiful Coastal Walks
Courtesy of Scott Graham
Umpqua Dunes, Winchester Bay, OR
So stark and arid that you may find yourself looking for camels or bedouins, this 10-mile collection of billowing dunes is in fact on the Oregon coast. You don’t have to walk far to get a workout as each step sinks into the loose sand. As you round over the last dune, you’ll spot the Pacific Ocean and the Umpqua lighthouse. Head to the water’s edge for as many clams as you can carry—mussels, littlenecks, and bay clams.
Challenge Level: Easy.
Essential Gear: For a clam dinner on the beach, be sure to pack your shucking knife. (Oxo; $7.99.)