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Key West, Big Island Hawaii, Saint Thomas, and Santa
Catalina Island: These are just a few of some of the most well-known American
islands. But what about the lesser-known ones? While the popular ones may be
major destinations, the off the beaten path islands offer something just as
Monhegan Island, Maine
With a population of about 75 people, this island is the
ultimate destination for pristine hiking. After arriving via mail boat, 17
miles of trails await you through wooded areas and steep cliffs overlooking the
ocean. If hiking isn’t your thing, spa and wellness retreats are popular in
this area. Unplug, get a massage, and enjoy the seasonal migration of the birds
on the Atlantic Flyway.
Orcas Island - San Juan Islands, Washington
Located in the lush, green, northwest corner of the state of Washington, the
bountiful wildlife of the island gives a unique opportunity to go orca, minke
whale, and harbor seal watching. Hiking, biking, kayaking, and horseback riding
are also popular activities to participate in at Moran State Park. When you’re
done with your adventuring, take a moment to peruse the fresh produce at the
farmers markets, see the vibrant art scene, and grab some grub at the local
farm to fork restaurants.
Cumberland Island, Georgia
This barrier island off the coast of Georgia has an intriguing history filled
with pirates, wars, and cotton plantations. Named America’s Most Beautiful
Wilderness Beach by the Travel Channel, the white sand beaches and wild horses
make for an unbelievable combination. Nearby is the Okefenokee National Wildlife
Refuge, it has a 500,000 acre swamp where you can see nature at its finest.
This is a vehicle-free island with no paved roads or trails so renting a bike
is a must if you would like to get the most out of this pristine island.
What are some of your favorite islands in the USA?