These Are America’s 10 Best Beaches

Driftwood Beach on Georgia's Jekyll Island
Driftwood Beach on Georgia's Jekyll Island
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Sorry California, but Laguna, Newport, and Huntington aren’t at the top of sun-seekers’ bucket lists. Most of America’s best white-sand, clear-water beaches are on the East Coast—at least if we take TripAdvisor users at their word.

TripAdvisor’s “Travelers’ Choice” destinations are chosen based on users' reviews and ratings over the course of a year. Those selections then get broken down into categories, like best resorts, best museums, best experiences, and of course, best beaches.

As Naples Daily News reports, 40 percent of America’s 25 best beaches are in Florida. This includes Clearwater Beach, which claimed the number one spot for the second year in a row. Of the top 10 beaches, seven are in Florida, two are in Hawaii, and one is in Georgia.

Most of the beaches are tourist hotspots, so expect varying degrees of crowds, depending on the season. Driftwood Beach on Georgia’s Jekyll Island is a bit of an outlier, considering that it’s not ideal for sunbathing. However, its landscape of twisted, fallen trees—caused by erosion on one end of the island—makes it a unique place to explore and photograph, especially at sunset.

Scroll down to see the top 10 beaches in the U.S., and check out TripAdvisor’s site to see the full list of the 25 best beaches in America, the 25 best beaches in the world (Brazil's Baia do Sancho is number one), and more traveler-picked destinations worth seeing.

1. Clearwater Beach, Florida
2. Ka’anapali Beach, Lahaina, Hawaii
3. Panama City Beach, Florida
4. St. Pete Beach, Florida
5. Pensacola Beach, Florida
6. Siesta Beach, Siesta Key, Florida
7. Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Puako, Hawaii
8. St. Augustine Beach, Florida
9. Fort Lauderdale Beach, Florida
10. Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island, Georgia

[h/t Naples Daily News]

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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The 10 Most Visited National Parks in 2019

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Josiah Weiss, Unsplash

The U.S. National Park System comprises more than 400 sites, 62 of which are national parks. Within the parks, visitors can explore forests, deserts, volcanoes, and more. But even with the diversity the National Park System has to offer, many visitors find themselves going to the same iconic parks year after year. To see the most-visited national parks in 2019, check out the list below.

This list comes from recreational visitation data gathered by the National Park Service. It doesn't include national monuments, parkways, or similar units—just the sites with the official "national park" designation.

The Great Smoky Mountains tops the list with roughly 12.5 million visits last year. Stretching across five counties in North Carolina and Tennessee, it's less than a day's drive away for one-third of the U.S. population. The accessibility plus the free admission and gorgeous mountain scenery help make it the country's most popular national park.

It's followed by Arizona's Grand Canyon National Park, which saw 5.97 million visits in 2019 to witness its world-famous views. Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park takes third place with 4.7 million visits, and Utah's Zion National Park takes fourth with 4.5 million. Read on for the full top 10.

The National Park Service was established just over a century ago, and it's amassed a fascinating history. Here are some more facts about the United States's national parks.

  1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  2. Grand Canyon National Park
  3. Rocky Mountain National Park
  4. Zion National Park
  5. Yosemite National Park
  6. Yellowstone National Park
  7. Acadia National Park
  8. Grand Teton National Park
  9. Olympic National Park
  10. Glacier National Park