Have you ever wondered what it is about the ocean shorelines that have so much power? The fresh sea breeze, the soft sand that tickles your foot, the sparkling sunsets and the noise of the crashing waves touch every sense. The vast ocean is so mysterious and the coastal views are stimulating but peaceful. The power of these tranquil views excites and energizes the body. You can often hear people talk about how the ocean relaxes, awakens and recharges them. Whether you just want to relax or recharge after a hectic week, USA boasts some of the best sea views that will blow you away.
Cannon Beach, Oregon
Cannon Beach is a quaint and picturesque destination that snuggles cozily between the Pacific Ocean and the Coast Mountain Range. There are many great holiday cottages by the sea which makes it a particularly appealing place to stay. The city is surrounded by the rugged natural beauty of forests, ocean beaches, rivers and beautiful mountains. It is famous for the distinctive Haystack Rock, which protrudes majestically out of the ocean. The beach stretches to nine miles making it a perfect setting for strolling along the sea as you watch the diverse wildlife in its natural habitat. A hike along the main trail offers the best views in town. There are strict regulations that limit the infiltration of large chain stores and restaurants, and this has helped Cannon Beach to retain its old town charm.
Shi Shi Beach/ Olympic National Park, Washington
The Shi – Shi – Beach and Point – of – Arches top the list when you compare the wonderful views offered on the rugged Olympic Coast. The 3.3 mile Shi Shi Trail boasts spectacular Pacific Northwest views. The Pacific is strewn with sea stacks and offers photographers a prize-winning sunset view. The sandy beach is scattered with logs that have been bleached and battered by the surf. You can enjoy viewing the waves thrashing ragingly on the offshore stacks as the wild seabirds glide overhead. The mile-long Point – of – Arches features a parade of rocky sea stacks with bold arches, intriguing tunnels and amazing tide pools. You can either walk in the tide pools or observe the daily routine of the coastal critters or just relish being a part of the most beautiful location in the Northwest.
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park/ Big Sur, California
The park stretches from the Big Sur coastline into nearby 3,000-foot ridges. Big Sur and the Highway 1 drive are popular for their spectacular and magnificent coastal views. A panoramic view of the ocean and miles of rugged coastline are the highlights offered along the trails east of Highway 1. In Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park you can take a walk under the shady 400-foot redwoods and observe the incredibly gorgeous coast from Overlook Trail. Here you also get the chance to view the wonderful 80-foot McWay Falls, which flows from the granite cliffs into the ocean and it is the only coastal waterfall in the region. The torrent plunge of this waterfall from the mountainside straight into the blue Pacific is the best view in the whole place.
The 3-mile stretch of beach in Ogunquit is one among the longest beaches in Maine and it is also one among the least rocky. The pristine waters, white sand and the picturesque coast make it a perfect seaside destination. Ogunquit is the most walk-able community in Maine and a scenic walk at Marginal Way gives you plenty of opportunity to enjoy the sea.
Long Beach, WA
Long Beach is located on Washington’s southwestern coast where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. This place is rich with coastal beauty. The gorgeous coastline looks untouched and has not changed much in the last two centuries. You can enjoy the magical sunlit shore as you trek along the 8.5 mile Discovery Trail or drink in the wonderful views offered as you stroll along the wooden boardwalk that rests on top of the dunes.
Napali Coast/ Kauai, Hawaii
All the islands in Hawaii boast wonderful, tropical views. However, the Napali Coast stands on top with its panoramic views of the vast Pacific Ocean, dramatic velvet green rock cliffs and cascading waterfalls that plummet into deep, narrow valleys. You should not miss the beautiful views offered by the 11-mile Napali Coast trail and a breathtaking view of the coastline from sea.
Newport Beach, Rhode Island
Attracted by the gorgeous views of Newport Beach, America’s wealthiest families started building their stately mansions in the middle of the 19th century. New Port draws crowds with its sandy beaches and awe-inspiring sunset views. The 3.5-mile cliff walk atop the beaches’ craggy rocks offers stunning ocean views. The Rough Point, located on the opulent Bellevue Avenue offers breathtaking views of the Atlantic.
Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica
Between Santa Monica and Oxnard, California 1 Highway follows the silver of land that separates the Santa Monica Mountains from the Pacific Ocean. The extraordinary views and the beautiful scenery are awe-inspiring. You pass along some of the most famous beaches and this is the perfect setting for a classic road trip. The best part is the four-mile ride from Will Rogers to Santa Monica state beaches, along palm-lined road overlooking the golden sands and white-tipped surf.
Anna Maria Island, Florida
This laid-back and natural island features a seven-mile strip of beautiful white-sand beaches that run between the turquoise Gulf of Mexico and peninsular Florida.
Ten Thousand Islands, Florida
This is a chain of islands and mangrove islets that stretch from Everglades City to Flamingo. The best way to see the area is by boat. Paddle leisurely through the wetlands to see native wildlife, such as manatees, sea turtles, dolphins, herons and eagles.
Whether you are relaxing on the windswept sands or trekking along dizzying bluffs, the ebb and flow of the sea water is hypnotic and the sheer expanse of the ocean grounding. All your life’s little worries are put into perspective when you look at the vast ocean.