I love laying out on a lawn chair listening to the waves crash on the white sandy beach. But, I also love the serenity of the trees and the solitude and isolation provided by the mountains. Finding beaches near mountains is something you can’t find everywhere. But, when you do find it, you are in for a heavenly experience.
Beaches Close to Mountains
I like both mountains and beaches, but some people like either or. So, what do you do when you like the beach and your significant other likes the mountains, or vise versa? This can make traveling seem like a chore if neither of you can make a decision. Luckily, you don’t have to make that tough of a decision. Visit the beaches below for the best of both worlds!
#1 Cannon Beach, Oregon
There are almost four miles of sandy beach stretching between Cannon Beach and the Pacific ocean for you to enjoy. Although this beach isn’t really close to the mountains, the Haystack rock gives you a mountainous feel as it rises 235 feet from the edge of the shoreline.
#2 Leo Carrillo State Park Beach, California
The Leo Carrillo State Park has 1.5 miles of beach. The beach has tidepools, coastal caves, and reefs to explore. And, only 20 minutes from this park, you can visit the Santa Monica Mountains! This is a beach you won’t want to forget about.
#3 Grand Lake, Colorado
Grand Lake has something for everyone. It is most known as the “Western Gateway” to the Rocky Mountain National Park. Here you get the rugged Rocky Mountains as well as the sandy beach of Grand Lake.
#4 Waikiki Beach, Hawaii
Located in Oahu, Hawaii, Waikiki Beach is one of the most famous beaches in the world. The beach is perfect for snorkeling, swimming, or just bathing in the sun. Behind the beach, you will be able to see breathtaking views of Diamond Head Mountains which is really a volcanic cone.
#5 Havasupai Falls, Arizona
If you want to see the immaculate beauty of the Grand Canyon, but also want to take a dip in crystal clear water, you will want to visit the Havasupai Falls. Here you can swim behind the fall and enter a small rock shelter behind. If you want mountains and water, you have it all right here.
#6 Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Lake Tahoe is a large freshwater lake located in the Sierra, Nevada mountains. Whether you are out for a solid beach day, or want to enjoy nature at its finest through the mountains, you can find the best of both worlds here. If you have kids, check out my post: Exploring Tahoe with Kids.
#7 Lake George, New York
I love upstate New York for its beautiful mountainous landscapes. When you visit Lake George, you are in for one of the most invigorating experiences of your life. Lake George is the Queen of American Lakes. But, you can also enjoy the views of Lake George from atop the Adirondack Mountains.
#8 Custer State Park, South Dakota
Nobody ever really thinks of South Dakota as being a place to visit, but you should! With granite peaks and rolling hills, Custer State Park is a haven waiting to be discovered. With clear mountain waters and picturesque scenery, you won’t want to come home.
When we get back to nature, we find that we are more at peace, relaxed, and rejuvenated when we leave. When you visit beaches near mountains, you can get a little taste of nature and experience.
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