America's Most Beautiful Coastal Views

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Carl Osgood

From towering Pacific Northwest sea stacks to mile upon mile of mirage-like tidal flats, these 10 littoral landscapes take ocean views to a new level.

Calvert Cliffs State Park, MD

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This peaceful beach on the Chesapeake Bay attracts avid fossil hunters and shell lovers from all over the East Coast—the scenic, sandy cliffs between the bay and the woods occasionally calve like glaciers and deposit fresh Miocene-era shark teeth and snail fossils on the beach. An easy two-mile hike on paths through woods and over wetlands keeps the beach blissfully lonesome. Though the cliffs aren’t open for hiking, they provide a beautiful backdrop for watching the sunset while the gentle waves of the Chesapeake Bay jostle oyster and clamshells up on the sand.

America's Most Beautiful Coastal Views

Calvert Cliffs State Park, MD

This peaceful beach on the Chesapeake Bay attracts avid fossil hunters and shell lovers from all over the East Coast—the scenic, sandy cliffs between the bay and the woods occasionally calve like glaciers and deposit fresh Miocene-era shark teeth and snail fossils on the beach. An easy two-mile hike on paths through woods and over wetlands keeps the beach blissfully lonesome. Though the cliffs aren’t open for hiking, they provide a beautiful backdrop for watching the sunset while the gentle waves of the Chesapeake Bay jostle oyster and clamshells up on the sand.

Carl Osgood
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