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10 U.S. Islands that AREN'T Hawaii

Islands are so cool, right? I can’t tell you how many times people contact me and ask if there’s a fun island they can go to, that they haven’t heard of. I think islands appeal to our sense of adventure, and we want to go make connections and memories on islands.

Here are ten islands that you may or may not have heard of, which are right here in the United States:

Block Island, Rhode Island:

Calling all nature lovers and beachgoers! Block Island is a perfect escape from the ordinary. With stunning sandy beaches, scenic landscapes, and a tranquil atmosphere, Block Island is an ideal destination for relaxation and outdoor activities. Explore the Mohegan Bluffs and savor delicious seafood cuisine.

Catalina Island, California:

Just a hop, skip, and a ferry ride away from mainland California, this slice of paradise boasts crystal-clear waters perfect for snorkeling and diving, the charming town of Avalon, thrilling zip line adventures, and a laid-back island atmosphere. All of this makes Catalina Island a West Coast paradise.

Dauphin Island, Alabama:

Seeking a laid-back island retreat? Dauphin Island is your answer. Nestled in the Gulf of Mexico, this little-known gem offers miles of pristine white-sand beaches and warm Gulf of Mexico waters. With opportunities to explore the island's rich history through Fort Gaines and the Estuarium, pure tranquility makes Dauphin Island perfect for a peaceful getaway.

Orcas Island, Washington:

For those in search of an island escape in the Pacific Northwest, Orcas Island is a true hidden treasure. Surrounded by the emerald waters of the Salish Sea, Orcas Island offers striking natural beauty. Hike through Moran State Park, kayak through picturesque bays, and keep an eye out for majestic orcas. The charming village and stunning vistas add to the island's allure.

Key West, Florida:

Get ready to soak up some sun, island-style! Key West, the southernmost point in the continental United States, is known for vibrant culture and laid-back charm. Colorful streets lined with Conch-style houses, fresh seafood delights, iconic sunsets at Mallory Square, and remarkable coral reefs for snorkeling and diving experiences make Key West a vibrant and tropical paradise.

Nantucket Island, Massachusetts:

Step back in time and experience the charm of Nantucket Island. This quaint New England gem is known for its cobblestone streets, historic lighthouses, and picturesque beaches. Explore the island's maritime history, savor delicious seafood, and immerse yourself in the vibrant cultural scene. With its idyllic beauty, Nantucket is a true island paradise.

Mackinac Island, Michigan:

Imagine a place where cars are replaced by bicycles and horse-drawn carriages. Welcome to Mackinac Island, a car-free haven in the Great Lakes. Known for its Victorian charm this island boasts stunning architecture, scenic walking trails, and breathtaking views of the Mackinac Bridge. Enjoy cycling and horse-drawn carriage rides, indulge in famous fudge treats, and experience a unique sense of serenity.

San Juan Islands, Washington:

Escape to the stunning archipelago of the San Juan Islands in Washington State. This beautiful cluster of islands is a nature lover's dream come true. Immerse yourself in the island's wildlife, including orcas, sea lions, or bald eagles. Explore charming coastal towns, or relish farm-to-table cuisine; the San Juan Islands offer an unforgettable Pacific Northwest experience.

Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts:

You may want to visit the picturesque Martha's Vineyard, a beloved summer retreat for many. This island exudes a relaxed coastal vibe, with sandy beaches, charming harbor towns, and beautiful lighthouses. Enjoy outdoor activities like cycling and kayaking, explore local art galleries, and savor fresh seafood caught right off the shores. It's the perfect island escape for those seeking a quintessential New England experience.

Tybee Island, Georgia:

For a dose of Southern charm and coastal beauty, Tybee Island is the place to be. Located near historic Savannah, this barrier island offers miles of sandy beaches, vibrant wildlife, and a laid-back atmosphere. Indulge in fresh seafood, explore the island's fascinating history, and soak up the sun while basking in the island's easygoing vibes. Delight in fresh seafood and soak up the sun while embracing the island's easygoing vibes.

These U.S. islands offer amazing experiences and breathtaking scenery, making each one a perfect escape if you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, and natural beauty. So, get ready to make unforgettable memories in these island paradises!


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