Islands are the best. Nothing truly embodies getting away like riding a boat out to a beautiful island and relaxing by the sea while enjoying the island vibes. When people think about islands in the United States they usually think of one place, Hawaii. Of course, they’re not wrong to think that. Why wouldn’t they? Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places on planet Earth. However, there are a ton of different islands all over the United States that are spectacular as well.
We have compiled a list of all the most beautiful islands all over the United States for you to enjoy on your next vacation.
DRY TORTUGAS ISLANDS, FLORIDA
Head down to the Florida Keys to visit the beautiful Dry Tortugas Islands. How great is this list? The first island destination we mention is actually seven islands! This place is home to some out of this world snorkeling and if swimming underwater isn’t your thing then you can just kick back and still experience some of the most incredible wildlife Florida has to offer. The reason the snorkeling is so good here is that most of this national park is underwater and it is also protected so that means the coral reef has thrived as of late and where there is a thriving coral reef, there is amazing snorkeling. You also can’t visit Dry Tortugas without visiting Fort Jefferson, the massive unfinished fortress that literally surrounds one of the islands that is composed of over 16 million bricks.
KIAWAH ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA
This island is about 25 miles southwest of Charleston and is an outdoorsy-type of person’s vacation paradise. There are tons of hiking and biking trails all over this island as well as excellent canoe or kayaking. Beautiful parks and beaches cover this island, as well as unbelievable golf courses. Keep your camera at the ready because you can catch a glimpse of alligators, bobcats, and tons and tons of birds, including America’s favorite the bald eagle. Also, Dan Marino lives there, so if it’s good enough for Dan Marino, it’ good enough for you.
SAINT SIMONS ISLAND, GEORGIA
The Timucua tribe first settled on this island back in 2000 B.C. and you can still find parts of their history here on this island, as well as those from Spanish, French and English settlers. Not only does this island have a rich history, it’s also rich with golf courses. This island is a golfers dream but also a hikers dream as well. There are many golf courses, and there are also tons of hiking trails that weave all throughout this island paradise. If you feel like just relaxing then come hang out on the killer beaches or go sailing. The activities are plentiful on this wonderful island.
MACKINAC ISLAND, MICHIGAN
For all of you history buffs, Mackinac Island is the place for you. This island is full of Victorian houses and horse-drawn carriages. Mackinac Island will truly make you feel like you’ve transported back in time. Beautiful hiking and biking make this island a must, as well as the delicious homemade fudge.