Strolling the Sand Dunes in Ipswich, Massachusetts
Crane Beach embodies New England beauty and charm. Unlike many of the region's beaches, it is sandy and soft and the water is surprisingly temperate. At low tide, visitors roll up their pant legs and walk out hundreds of feet across sandbars crisscrossed by ripples and streams and dotted with a variety of seabirds seeking clams in the shallows. The beach stretches for miles, framed by grassy dunes and a sapphire blue sea. It is particularly spectacular at sunset, and in autumn when surrounding maple trees set the landscape on fire. Nearby Russell Orchards is a great place to stop for a picnic, and its pick your own fruits, handmade ice cream and baked goods are always a great deal. Likewise, the Clam Box restaurant in town is the best place to enjoy fried clams and other local favorites.