The US’s 16 Most Beautiful Coastal Towns

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Port Townsend, Washington

Snuggled in the northeastern edge of the state’s Olympic Peninsula, Port Townsend is a former Victorian seaport that still maintains much of its 19th-century charm thanks to its dedicated citizens.

A walk along Port Townsend’s downtown waterfront displays beautiful Victorian buildings, while venues and events like the Northwest Maritime Center and the Wooden Boat Festival pay tribute to the town’s marine culture.

For arts and culture mavens, Port Townsend is a must-see. The coastal town is home to a booming arts community, numerous art galleries, and cultural diversions like the Port Townsend Film Festival held every year since 1999.

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5 thoughts on “The US’s 16 Most Beautiful Coastal Towns”

  1. Sharon Drew Topp

    I grew up in Old Greenwich, CT with Tod’s Pt., now called Greenwich Pt. It’s about 64 acres of beautiful beaches, hiking trails, picnic areas & a lovely view of the New York City skyline. No place could be better.

  2. Visited 17 years in a row…July 4th week is great!….found a great inn 4 miles south of town…great seafood, shops. As a veteran loved the July 4th parade. Go back every year.

  3. I love Cape May and their lovely “Painted Ladies”. The Victorian homes are beautiful; so glad to see them preserved. The beach is wide and not as crowded as other NJ beaches. My favorite beach town. Enjoyed the most in off-season without crowds.

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