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Top 7 Beautiful U.S. Islands To Visit In 2023

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The United States is home to almost unparalleled diversity in landscapes, including several gorgeous islands, each with its own unique flavor. Here are seven such islands that are the perfect place to plan a getaway in 2023.

Maui beach at sunset

1. Key West

Key West is possibly the best-known of the iconic Florida Keys. Sitting in beautiful, warm waters, Key West has been a beloved vacation destination for several decades. Visitors can look forward to all manner of luxury and relaxation, from beautiful resorts to white sand beaches, as well as a vibrant nightlife scene.

Pathway lined by palm trees leading to beach on Key West.

2. Catalina Island

Catalina Island is a gorgeous island located just off the coast of Southern California. Accessible by a one-hour ferry ride from Los Angeles, this island is both a great destination as well as a day trip option. Popular activities include scuba diving and boating in the peaceful waters surrounding the island.

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Cove on Catalina Island, California

3. Block Island

Block Island is located approximately 9 miles from mainland Rhode Island, and is accessible by ferry ride. This beautiful east coast island features over 15 miles of beaches and is a popular getaway choice in the summer months. Options for things to do on the island are nearly endless – popular activities range from everything from horseback riding as well as kayaking.

4. Orcas Island

Orcas Island is one of the many beautiful islands that make up the San Juan archipelago. This group of islands is located off the coast of Washington State. Reaching the island requires a short ferry ride from Seattle. The island itself offers a peaceful, relaxing pace, countless local shops, and even opportunities for whale watching. Also, for those who bring their car over on the ferry, the gorgeous rural and coastal hills of the island also make for an amazing scenic drive.

5. Maui

Maui is one of the stunning Hawaiian islands and a beloved choice for a getaway. Thanks to its year-round warm climate, it remains a great destination even in the winter months. The island offers a huge variety of things to do, from a local nightlife scene to unique activities like submarine rides. This variety of activities makes it a great choice for all kinds of travelers, from couples looking for a romantic getaway to families looking for their next big vacation.

Maui Cliff Reef, Hawaii, United States

6. Big Island Of Hawaii

Maui is far from the only Hawaiian island worth visiting though – no list would be complete without mentioning the Big Island of Hawaii. This tropical paradise not only offers serene relaxation and luxurious resorts, but also some unique draws that you can’t find anyone where else. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park offers lava viewing during periods when the volcano is more active, for example.

lava explodes from the summit of Kilauea volcano Hawaii

7. Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is located in Michigan on Lake Huron. This beautiful island is notable for being car free, as well as the perfect place for a relaxing getaway. It’s famous for it’s delicious local fudge, horse drawn carriages, and old-timey, serene feel. The historic Fort Mackinac is also worth checking out to learn more about the past of this island. The fort is currently closed for the winter season. However, for those planning a summer trip, it reopens on May 4, 2023.

Horse drawn carriages on a street on Mackinac Island

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