05/23/2014 01:53 pm ET Updated Jul 23, 2014

Best Beach Weekend Getaways (Photos)

There's a cape in Massachusetts with pristine beaches, gentle hiking trails, and seafood fresh from the docks. It's never crowded, prettiest in summer, and only 30 miles from Boston. Arrive at blissful Cape Ann, and the first word to escape your lips will be "Ahhh."

Summer brings a craving for lazy, sunbaked days featuring ocean breezes and an inclined beach chair. Luckily, you don't need to travel far to stake out your place in the sand: We've collected 18 easy beach weekend getaways from major U.S. cities.

Your summer starts here.

Best Beach Weekend Getaways

-- Travel + Leisure Staff

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