Dr. Beach is Florida International University professor Stephen Leatherman and he has traveled the country studying beaches for 25 years. Yes, THAT’s a job! He uses about 50 criteria to rank the beaches he studies, including sewage, which really puts a damper on any beach experience. Also on his list are safety, tides, accessibility, smell, wildlife and seaweed, to name a few. So, if you are planning a summer vacay, and want a beach without human feces, garbage, and the fear of dying in a rip current, these are the beaches for you.

If you plan well, maybe your same epic summer road trip can also include one of these roller coasters. They were ranked as the best in the country by members of @coasterbuzz. Good luck and happy summer!