Coastal living is a unique kind of freedom, and evokes a bit of the pioneer spirit of old. Sea breezes and fresh air remind us that nature is a force, and inspire us to channel boldness, too: push boundaries, test limits, embrace new ideas and remain open to the unknown possibilities. And the impact isn’t just about facing outward and contemplating the vast horizon beyond; it also extends to creativity that originates from within. From coast to coast within the US, and across distant global shores, locations like the ones pictured here speak to the power of place, and the ability of an environment to shape creativity—in architecture, through design, and manifested via lifestyle. Together, they represent a modern version of the frontier spirit, and a reminder that perspectives do and should shift with the views and landscapes at hand.