Bob Straub State Park, Ore. from 9 Best Beaches in America for Avoiding Crowds (Slideshow)

9 Best Beaches in America for Avoiding Crowds (Slideshow)

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Bob Straub State Park, Ore.

Why more people don’t go to state parks for their beach outings is beyond me. They’re generally the most beautiful parts of the country, the most unspoiled, the least commercial, and the least likely to contain crowds. Take Bob Straub State Park in Oregon, for instance. In addition to serene landscapes, the park also offers opportunities for wildlife watching, hiking, fishing, and horseback riding — and after a long day of soaking up rays, you can quench your thirst and satisfy your hunger with a trip to the nearby Pelican Pub & Brewery.