This story originally appeared on coastalliving.com
From sea to shining sea, these protected lands (national parks, seashores, lakeshores, and more!) offer scenery, wildlife, and outdoor activities to keep any nature-lover busy.
For those who love windsurfing or spotting endangered species (like turtle hatchlings!) in the wild, there's Padre Island National Seashore in Texas. For whale-watching and hiking, there's Southern California's Channel Islands. For good old-fashioned sunbathing and sandcastle building — in the heart of the Midwest! — there's Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
In short: there's something for every kind of coast enthusiast, so read on.