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'You've got fins to the left, fins to the right' on Florida's Keys, where there's no shortage of coastal scenery or eclectic and famous people like Ernest Hemingway and Jimmy Buffet, who have made the region famous.  
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Kenai's mountainous fjords plunge directly down into the sea, offering expansive views of the ocean. But the Alaskan coastline is even more impressive to look at, and there's no better viewpoint than from the seat of a sea kayak.  
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Bull Island, South Carolina's six mile-long barrier island, protects a 64,000-acre refuge for threatened loggerhead turtles, red wolves, and bald eagles. The 30-minute ferry ride from the shores of Charleston takes you to the quietest region of the state's coast, a great spot for dolphin viewing.  
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Humpback whales migrate over 6,000 miles to Hawaii each year from November to May—that's over 1,000 miles further than traveling from New York's Laguardia Airport to Honolulu. The beaches are undoubtedly worth the long haul every year.  
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New Orleans is already an average of eight feet below sea level. Experts are concerned that it may sink right into the Gulf of Mexico within the next 100 years, but all efforts are being made to save the city; people have even begun to dump their Christmas trees into the Louisiana Bayou to slow erosion.  
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Point Sal State Beach lies directly off of California's popular Route One, but it takes more than a mere turn-off to reach the windswept wilderness. Dedicated beach-goers with sturdy hiking boots are rewarded with a two-mile stretch of one of the state's premiere whale watching spots.  
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Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci anchored at the Bight of Hatteras the first time he arrived at the continent subsequently named after him. Then known as the 'Graveyard of the Atlantic', North Carolina's 70-mile Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a relaxing retreat these days.  
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Bullards Beach State Park in Oregon offers access to the region's prominent lighthouse, built in 1896. With 13 yurts for camping and access to sprawling dunes, horseback riding is the favorite means to exploring the park.  
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A favorite hub for gamblers on the I-95 route, Atlantic City is neither innocuous nor relenting. The city built the world's first boardwalk in 1870 and its Convention Hall (home to the Miss America Pageant) was once the largest auditorium in the world.  
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