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Minnesota beach named among the best in the US by Travel and Leisure

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Park Point Beach in Duluth, Minnesota. (Melissa Turtinen/FOX 9)

A Minnesota beach has been recognized as one of the best beaches in the United States by Travel and Leisure, joining the ranks of popular beaches in Hawaii, Florida and California.

The 25 Best Beaches in the USA list, published earlier this month, names 25 of the best beaches in the country, listing Park Point Beach in Duluth, Minnesota, among the best in the nation.

The publication describes Park Point Beach as: “In Minnesota, you go big or you go home. Located on Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world, Park Point Beach is the world’s longest freshwater sandbar. The beautiful beach and its waves have the feel of an ocean locale. It offers great views of Duluth and Lake Superior and is known for its spectacular sunrises. A nearby playground, barbecue grills, and a ball field are all popular with visitors. Leashed dogs are also welcome.”

The other beaches on the list:

  • Poipu Beach, Kauai, Hawaii
  • Ocean City, Maryland
  • Coronado Beach, San Diego, California
  • Pope Beach, Lake Tahoe, California
  • Clearwater Beach, Florida
  • Harris Beach, Oregon
  • Glass Beach, Port Townsend, Washington
  • Oak Street Beach, Chicago, Illinois
  • Carlsmith Beach, Hilo, Hawaii
  • Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina
  • Grand Haven State Park, Michigan
  • Santa Monica Beach, California
  • Medano Creek, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado
  • North Beach, Tybee Island, Georgia
  • Good Harbor Beach, Gloucester, Massachusetts
  • Rockaway Beach, Queens, New York
  • Crystal Lake State Park, Baron, Vermont
  • Gulf Shores Public Beach, Alabama
  • Asbury Park Beach, New Jersey
  • Carmel Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
  • Coligny Beach Park, Hilton Head, South Carolina
  • Alki Beach, Seattle, Washington
  • Ocean Beach Park, New London, Connecticut
  • Coney Island Beach, Brooklyn, New York

Travel and Leisure does not reveal its methodology, but does say “Different criteria define the perfect beach for different people, such as the quality of the sand, the waves (or lack thereof), level of seclusion, public transportation and accessible parking, whether there’s a boardwalk, activities, and even the amount of shade. Some beaches are found next to crystalline lakes, while others are beneath the peaks of majestic mountain ranges. Some are surf havens with stellar waves, while others cater to families with calm waters and things to do right on the sand.”

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