Erica Kuschel a RoamRight Blog Author

American Islands You May Not Know

Monhegan is an island in Lincoln County, Maine, United States, about 12 nautical miles off the coast. CT

Image source: Flickr - Trace Meek

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 special. 

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?

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Erica Kuschel

Erica Kuschel, a RoamRight Blog Author Erica Kuschel is half of the duo at the adventure travel site, OverYonderlust.com. Erica traded her ‘normal’ existence in Austin, Texas for a life of new experiences around the world. Erica, who is a photographer by trade, likes to view the world through her lens.

Erica started Over Yonderlust in March of 2010, showcasing couple travel while maintaining a strong focus on photography, humor, videos, and writing with a trusted voice. She has been seen in publications such as The Huffington Post, The Chicago Tribune, BBC, and The National Geographic Channel’s online blog. Erica has been a finalist two years running for the Bloggies (in both travel and photography categories) and taking home Hostelbookers Most Epic Photography Blog Award in November of 2012.

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