If you don't get to hit up at least one beach, did summer really happen? For us, the answer is no. Some of the best memories of the season usually take place by the water, whether you prefer extreme water sports or sipping daiquiris under a hula umbrella.
While we wouldn't mind soaking up some sun on an exotic faraway island, our wallets (and vacation days) aren't as flexible as our bikini straps. Luckily, you don't need to rush a renewal on your passport or suffer a five-hour layover just to have a tropical escape. Beaches right here in the U.S. have plenty to offer, from exotic sands (think olive-colored) to clear waters to towering cliffs. We've put together 21 of the best domestic locales to hit up this summer. Basic beaches, these are not.