10 great American beaches

In the last gasp of summer, there's still time for one more seaside escape. From a black-sand retreat on Maui to a hidden strand on Cape Cod, Travel & Leisure sifted through the country's 95,000 miles of shoreline to find these idyllic stretches. Let the relaxation begin!

Ladies Beach
Ladies Beach
Nantucket, Massachusetts

Follow dusty SUV's as they dogleg left before Cisco Beach and bump through a maze of dirt roads to seek out laid-back Ladies Beach, on the southwestern edge of Nantucket.

T&L Tip: Beachcombing dogs are welcome, but bring a leash.

Check-In: Hang your towels in a bay-view room at the Wauwinet (120 Wauwinet Rd.; 800/426- 8718; wauwinet.com; doubles from $500).

Waianapanapa Black-Sand Beach

Ladies Beach

Butterfly Beach

Rosemary Beach

North Beach

Gooseberry Beach

Hanakapiai Beach

Crandon Park Beach

Kiawah Island

Whitefish Dunes State Park
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