1. Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia
Distance from Richmond: 193 miles Northeast, 3.5-hour drive
Chincoteague comprises more than 14,000 acres of beach, which is more than enough to avoid everyone you’ve ever met, all at once. Beside loner beach lovers, it was established in 1943 to protect migratory birds and other wildlife, who vacay among its 2,600 acres of manmade marshes and soil. The non-feathered can also enjoy hiking, crabbing, clamming, horseback riding, biking, fishing, and all that beach, beach, beach.
Pro tip: Need some A/C? Take the 90-minute wildlife tour and learn something as you cool off.