Wildcat Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore, Calif.
A few beaches at Point Reyes National Seashore can be reached by the driving masses, but the majority can be enjoyed only by people with a boat or who are willing to put in the work and hike to the remote corners of the seashore. Wildcat Beach, one of Point Reyes' headliners, is accessible only by trail. A hike of more than five miles weeds out casual scenery seekers and pretty much assures any visitors that the beach will not be crowded. Bikers can also reach the campground near Wildcat after a seven-mile ride. Wildcat is 2 1/2 miles long and boasts stunning features like a beachside waterfall. Because it sits just north of the Bay Area, the National Seashore itself is easy to get to.