Spend Memorial Day on a Beautiful Coastline

The calendar still claims it’s spring, but many people consider Memorial Day the first true day of summer. Here are five gorgeous coastlines—including two on lakes—where you can spend the holiday by the water in Europe or Asia.

Photo: Chmee2 [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Chmee2 [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
Giant’s Causeway: Explore a UNESCO World Heritage Site, climb among rocks, walk along the edge of a cliff, and taste single malts in Northern Ireland.

Photo: AnastassiyaL (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: AnastassiyaL (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
Aktau: Check out a new hotel, see dramatic cliffs, and find undiscovered beaches along the Caspian Sea in Kazakhstan.

Photo: Email4mobile [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Email4mobile [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Socotra: Visit an unexplored island, see plants and animals not found anywhere else on Earth, and camp under the stars in Yemen.

Photo: Narada
Photo: Narada

Xiangshui Bay: Recover from jet lag, nap beside a plunge pool, and pamper yourself in China.

Photo: McKay Savage from London, UK [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: McKay Savage from London, UK [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
Dal Lake: Get a good night’s sleep, ride canopied boats, and relax on a sun deck at a houseboat in India.

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