From West Coast to East, Great Lakes to Gulf, meet the 10 coastal towns that are sure to make you smile—for a weekend or a lifetime.
Photo: Craig Terry/Cape May County Tourism
Called “The Queen” of seaside resorts, this tiny city of 3,558 is a National Historic District, with nearly 600 preserved Victorian buildings (including grand hotels), sweeping beaches, and a charming promenade. Just a 2½-hour drive from Manhattan, Cape May is the ideal destination for design lovers who enjoy exhilarating (but non-strenuous) outdoor activities, plus cocktailing and watching the colorful non-stop action on gingko-lined Jackson Street. Cultured, fun-loving, and gracious, Cape May is a true gem on New Jersey's fabled shore.