Visit Victorian mansions, old paper mills, a Civil War-era garrison, and indie art galleries. The island hosts Florida's emptiest beaches and an assortment of fishing-sailing-manatee-watching outfitters.
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Nearly 90% of the island remains a rugged preserve -- featuring a wild, frothing coastline and over 40,000 acres of undeveloped interior for backpackers, eco-jeep tourists and bison herds.
Tour the Carnegie mansions, spot feral horses, and visit the famous First African Baptist Church.
Go hiking, paddling, fishing and camping along the National Seashore. The island is also famous for its July 4th Invasion of the Pines, attracting hundreds of drag queens and spectators. Deer still live on this pristine barrier island.
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America's second largest island is a mountain-encrusted, spruce-carpeted, fjord-injected Alaskascape. Over 3,000 Kodiak bears roam the archipelago, and nowhere else.
Rent your own bike, horse buggy or kayak to explore this National Historic Landmark with its dramatic limestone bluffs, thick forests and Great Lake waters. Cars have been banned here since 1898.
The famous isle has pristine beaches, iconic clay cliffs, soulful ale houses, and some of the smoothest coastal bike paths on either end of the Atlantic.
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Watch the sun rise at Haleakala National Park -- home of the world's tallest dormant volcano and all-downhill 26-mile bike tour. Go snorkeling at crystal clear Molokini Crater -- Hawaii's only island marine sanctuary. And spend sunset at Kaanapli Beach -- complete with a daily cliff-diving spectacle.
Relax at tony inns, nosh on shellfish, gallery hop, and stargaze in one of the darkest available skies in the northeast. The island is also the earliest spot in continental America to catch the first direct rays of daylight.
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No bridge. No crowds. Put life on blissful pause at this wafer-thin shore and former Blackbeard hideout.
Drive into Moran State Park and to the top of 2,409-foot Mt. Constitution for views of Mt. Rainier, British Columbia and everything in between on a clear day. Neighboring San Juan Island is your best bet for shopping and paddling through killer whale country.
The sands are strewn with amazingly intact shells—and folks of all ages hunched over looking for them, doing the well-known "Sanibel Stoop." Visit the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum and craft shops to admire the many shell figurines.
A tropical preserve that suffered devastating hits from Category 5 hurricanes in 2017. All beaches and trails are open for visitors, along with the Annaberg Sugar Mill Ruins.