California's sprawling "City of Angels" refuses to be defined. It's full of Hollywood hopefuls, struggling locals, and just about every race and creed. For over 300 years, the West Coast's largest city has tantalized newcomers with desert living on the Pacific Ocean. From film to fashion, beaches to bodegas, Los Angeles is the anti-city, and it's growing by the day.
From Cape Cod to the Great Lakes, from Southern California to the Gulf of Mexico, America’s beaches stay open long after the summer crowds have gone home. It’s the same sun and surf—oh, except that you've got some elbow room and hotel rates have come back down to earth!