From an isolated nature retreat nestled along Virginia's Outer Banks to a picturesque coastal village with towering seawalls in Washington, these beaches prove that bigger doesn't necessarily mean better -- and that getting away doesn't need to be a headache.
Independence Day weekend means fireworks, barbecues and beaches. It's not just about travel deals for the holiday or even at the beach. Instead, it's about the experience. Here are my picks for the eight of the best beaches across the U.S.