This North Shore favorite is an icon for a reason. Well, several reasons: uncrowded stretches of white sand, breathtaking views, and trails that let you explore more than 1,000 acres of sand dunes, maritime forest, and marshland. Advanced, timed reservations are required, which makes the process of arriving, parking, and staking out your spot on the sand completely stress-free. The Crane Beach store offers up everything from delicious lunches and snacks to t-shirts and totes to commemorate your visit.
310 Argilla Rd., Ipswich, 978-356-4354, thetrustees.org/place/crane-beach-on-the-crane-estate