Photos: America's Great Outdoors Beaches

6/7/2012



President Obama has declared June as National Oceans Month. This photo gallery highlights just a few of America's “best beaches” that are found on Interior lands as millions of travelers plan their summer vacations. These lands include 85 marine and coastal parklands, 180 marine and coastal wildlife refuges, and 1,100 miles of the California coast administered by Interior agencies. In addition to beautiful scenery, these areas help local tourist economies. In 2010, coastal national park units alone contributed an estimated $3.5 Billion to local economies, while refuges contributed at least $900 million.