America's Best Beach Boardwalks

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Virginia Beach
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Virginia Beach, Virginia

Live bands and buskers, bikinis and bikes blend easily along this 3-mile stretch of Mid-Atlantic coast during the summer months. It’s actually a double boardwalk: a pedestrian walkway along the outside and a cycling/skating path on the inside, with ramps that flow onto a golden-sand strand. We promise you will not be able to resist a photo op in front of the giant King Neptune statue—and if you’re up for a quest, Titus International Surf School’s buff instructors will teach you how to hang ten. In addition to preserving the maritime history of the Virginia coast, the boardwalk’s Old Coast Guard Station organizes eerie after-dark walks about the area’s ghosts and shipwrecks.

STAY AT THE HILTON VIRGINIA BEACH OCEANFRONT: One of the few full-service hotels along the boardwalk, the Hilton boasts oceanview rooms and a spa; hilton.com.

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