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6. Many Beaches Across the U.S.

There are thousands of miles of coastline across the country, and some of it is in better shape than others. You’ll find polluted beaches in every state with a coastline — largely due to storm water. You never want to swim in a beach that has posted warnings. You should also avoid city beaches after it has rained. But just because there’s no warning doesn’t mean the beach is safe.  Nearly half of beaches aren’t monitored at all, and, of the ones that are, only 45 percent are monitor at least once a week.

Instead Try: The NRDC has a searchable list of popular beaches across the country. Find a five star beach in your area. The list isn’t comprehensive, though, and the NRDC recommends finding out how often your beach of choice is monitored, because nearly half of beaches aren’t.

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5:18PM PDT on Jul 31, 2013

Your article has me rethinking my choices. Thanks.

4:51AM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

My husband and I started making the state fair a family tradition. We love the ferris wheel and seeing the cows. I don't think I've eaten one thing from the fair, mainly because it's all quite gross to me, and the jacked up prices.

We just go to dinner first so we're not hungry!

8:09AM PDT on Jul 11, 2013

There's an idea I would like to try--being a tourist in my home town. I just live in a small Midwestern city, but it's interesting enough with museums and parks and two major universities. We even have several B&Bs.

6:43AM PDT on Jul 10, 2013

Definitely avoiding them!

2:32PM PDT on Jul 8, 2013


4:03PM PDT on Jul 7, 2013

Acadia National park is a real gem!

8:31PM PDT on Jul 2, 2013


4:00PM PDT on Jul 2, 2013

Thank you for posting the article!

Thank you NRDC for the list of beaches.

3:57PM PDT on Jul 2, 2013

Low cost -- assembly-line produced -- private tiny pools -- some with that can turn on the river flow -- so a person can swim in place -- would be useful.

3:53PM PDT on Jul 2, 2013

Solar-wind-wave powered ships of all kinds would be helpful.

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