Prince William Sound(Valdez), Alaska:
This close to the northernmost point of the Gulf of Alaska is where beaches get truly otherworldly. Tidewater glaciers spilling into the sea. Cold clear air. Mountain peaks reflected in the pure waters. And black sand framed by green hills and blue ice. That's before you even get to the wildlife of the region - harbour seals, sea otters, whales, eagles and bears, to name but a few. It's no wonder this is heaven for kayakers.