Beach vacation guide

From all-to-yourself islands to hidden beach towns to iconic coastal experiences, the West has the beach vacation of a lifetime in store for you

30 iconic beach experiences

Ignite your love for the shore with these classic beach icons. From boardwalks to bonfires, here are our favorite ways to dive in

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Beachside biking
John Clark

Beachside biking

4 can’t-miss coastal bike paths:

For the naturalist. Beach Loop Road in Southern Oregon’s Bandon has 5 miles of beaches, haystacks, nesting puffins, and cranberry bogs. Rent wheels from the Best Western Inn at Face Rock. Rentals $5/hour;

For off-the-beaten-trackers. An old logging road turned easy bike path, “Ten-Mile” Haul Road in Fort Bragg traces 4.3 miles of untouched California shoreline. Rentals from $32/day;

For people-watching. The 22-mile Strand runs from Will Rogers State Beach to Torrance Beach and attracts L.A.’s tanned and toned. Jump on in Manhattan Beach, where you can rent a bike at Funbunns. Rentals $21/day; 310/372-8500.

For history buffs. The Long Beach Peninsula’s 8.2-mile Discovery Trail (pictured) in southern Washington skirts Cape Disappointment and gives a Lewis and Clark 101 on the way. Rentals from $15/day in Seaview;


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