The beaches found along the coastlines that define the southeast United States vary from white sugar-sand beaches alongside calm waters to golden sand beaches with waves on which to hang 10. Here are a few fun beach towns to consider when planning your next seaside vacation.
We look to Gulf Shores for its fun vibe, terrific shopping and dining scenes, and all around good time. A bit quieter than the beach towns to its east, Gulf Shores has its own appeal. Not to mention the stunning sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico.
The Sunshine State can easily lay claim to three coastlines — the east coast on the Atlantic Ocean; the west coast on the Gulf of Mexico; and the Panhandle to the north, which also lies on the Gulf of Mexico. If you find yourself on the Atlantic side of the state, Delray Beach is a terrific small town with a laid-back feel, yet continental atmosphere with loads of restaurants, boutiques, galleries and bars to meander through. Over on the west coast, join the sunset celebration each night on Clearwater Beach, named No. 1 in the United States on TripAdvisor’s list of Top Beaches for 2018. Up on the Panhandle, Seaside has a Main Street America feel, with a gorgeous beach to add to the appeal.
Outside of Savannah is Tybee Island, a friendly and welcoming beach town void of high rises and resorts. Rather, hop on your bike and ride around the island, choosing a spot to eat or a shop to pop into. Beach days on Tybee Island are beach days like they used to be.
Folly Beach has that surfer vibe so many of us yearn for during a day — or more — in the sun. It’s casual, familiar and just all around fun.
The Outer Banks is comprised of more than a dozen beach towns and villages, each with its own personality and draw. Probably one of the best-known and certainly longest in existence is Nags Head which, despite its immense popularity, somehow still maintains its small-town feel.
Not only is there plenty of beach to enjoy in Virginia Beach, but activities off the beach, too. Stay on the water’s edge in Oceanfront and check out the cafes and live music performances, or buy a snow cone from one of the vendors and stroll the three-mile-long boardwalk. Better yet, why not do it all?!
Not quite ready to say goodbye to summer? If the weather is forcing you to head indoors, you can still take advantage of a few opportunities to splash around in the waves, without even being that far from the beach — thanks to the world’s largest indoor beachfront waterpark, which opened this summer in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Halloween is right around the corner, which means its time to start making plans for spooky and scary stops for having fun with the family this fall. New York’s Cayuga County is always a fun visit for family travelers, but if you plan on being in the area this October, you will definitely want to explore its haunted history with some choice spots along New York’s Haunted History Trail. This curated list of haunted and spooky stops throughout New York features incredible locations showcasing the perfect combination of the state’s beautiful charm and fascinating history.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
The next two seasons see Franklin, Tennessee, come alive with festive events, fun pop-ups and colorful lights. Family travelers planning a trip to Tennessee this fall or winter must make time for Franklin, a city just south of Nashville with plenty of history and festivities awaiting.