After a year spent indoors, we're ready to be (safely) outside and soaking up the sun this summer. If you're feeling us, gear up for some serious snorkeling, surfing, swimming or even just chilling out—we’re all in need of some much-needed taking-it-easy time—at the very best best beaches in the United States. This roundup spans the country, from East Coast gems and West Coast favorites to beautiful Hawaii coasts and even an essential respite in Chicago. Thirsting for more travel inspiration in 2021? Don’t miss our rundowns of the best places to visit in the USA, hiking trails in the United States and the best road trips in America.
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