In September, when the nights cool and the mosquitoes follow the RVs inland, the salt marshes of ­Assateague Island National Seashore are perfect for a quick fall paddling escape

Lois Parshley
Sep 27, 2012

The best beaches for practicing your moves offer gentle waves and a no-pressure atmosphere. Here, over 20 of the best beginner breaks in the country to get your feet wet.

Ben Marcus
Jan 5, 2006

Is a great beach more than a gazillion grains of sand mixed with sun and water? You bet. Here, the 15 best for families.

Stephanie Pearson
Jun 28, 2002

Sampling sea and shore along Chesapeake Bay

Todd Scantlebury
Jun 27, 2002

Vacation tips from Outside Online's Travel Expert

Kimberly Lisagor
Mar 11, 2002