Little Known, but Great US Island Destinations

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Islands are crowded places that tend to get overrun with tourists every summer. It may seem like there’s no quiet corner of the world anymore, but that’s far from the truth. There are still many islands available for you to visit, they’re just not as well known! And that’s a good thing.


This island is a US territory in the West Pacific Ocean. The closest country is the Philippines if that gives you an idea of how far away Guam is. Not many people go here because of the long plane ride (and multiple transfers) and the name Guam, which has no marketing pizzazz.  But if you’re looking to stay within the United States, then Guam may be the perfect tropical island destination. Enjoy local food, quiet beaches, and clear blue waters. When you’re done with the beach, there are plenty of tropical rain-forests to hike through!

American Samoa

American Samoa is another Pacific island that’s far enough away from the mainland that you’ll feel like you’re in another country. This US territory, like Guam, is full of lush green forests, beautiful beaches, and mountains jutting out of the water. Since you’re technically still in the US, there’s no need to exchange currencies, you can use the dollar. 


Saipan is a US commonwealth and part of the Northern Mariana Islands in the Pacific Ocean. Most of this island is covered in limestone forests. You can hike giant rocks covered in lush, green vegetation. This island also experiences seasonal trade winds and it’s a borderline tropical rainforest. What does this mean for you? Make sure to pack your shorts and sunscreen!

Mount Desert Island

Many people don’t know this, but there is a group of islands off the south coast of Maine. On the map, these islands and peninsulas look like a jagged coastline. But if you look closer, you’ll see that they’re all individual landmasses. Mount Desert Island has a population of about 10,000 and it’s one of the biggest islands. Head there for a quiet fall and enjoy local life in Maine. It’ll be cold, but the chowders and lobster bisques are there to keep you warm!

Channel Islands (California)

The Channel Islands are off the coast of California and due to this isolation, you’ll find some unique animals and plants there. You can book a trip to visit the Channel Islands National Park to explore the land and surrounding coral reefs. Make sure to visit the botanical garden and the Catalina Island Museum. The Channel Islands offer quiet, natural relief from life in Los Angeles. 

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