Montauk Point Lighthouse, New York
Some of the best things about the northeast coast beaches are the fantastic views and sunrises. But the cultural and maritime history of these beaches is also very interesting. With the Wampanoag and other Algonquin-speaking nations, this landscape flourished long before communities fenced in their beaches to enjoy those shores and before the ice cream trucks lured with their seductive soundtracks.
It’s not an island, but it could well be one. The state has countless rivers and lakes, with almost limitless opportunities for adventure in, on, or around the water.