The United States of America is a big old place to visit! Thankfully, this presents quite a variety of wonderful vacation (or as well call it ‘holiday‘) options for your travellers. You’ve got cities, mountains, rainforests, Vegas (which feels like a beast on its own) and indeed, some of the top class islands in the USA which are absolutely worth visiting.
Your initial fascination with US islands starts, understandably with Hawaii and after going to Bainbridge Island (a quick ferry ride from Seattle) kinda grows from there.
Those two places look and feel completely different and open your eyes to all the many other wonderful, unique islands in the USA that are not just charming in and of themselves but are truly worth planning a whole vacation around.
So let’s get started, shall we? Here are 9 of the best islands in the USA you should definitely make the time to visit on your next holiday!
9 Best Islands In The USA
Santa Catalina, California
A beautifully gorgeous island located just off the coast of Los Angeles, there is a plethora of to do here, from more relaxed sunbathing and shopping right through to audacious stuff like parasailing.
For an absolutely unforgettable experience here though, you have to go on a whale watching tour where, after a while, you will board on the main boat, hop onto smaller ferries that will then lead you into local sea caves.
These caves are home to a massive number of marine life species, such as seals and sea lions! Once you climb back aboard the big boat, you are almost sure to see plenty of dolphins, and, fingers crossed, those whales you went out for in the first place.
Amelia Island, Florida
Amelia Island is one of the most wonderful, idyllic and definitely one of the best islands in the USA, bragging long lines of palm-tree lined, white sandy beaches and clear blue waters lapping at the shores.
Now that you are here, you also have the opportunity to go for a river cruise, where you can get up close and have a look at manatees and even alligators – do it!
One of the most famous activities here is taking a horseback ride down the beach and fun fact – this is one of the few places in the United States that permits this activity on the beach!
Sea Island, Georgia
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This lavish island is one of the best islands in the USA to visit if you’re looking to lay back and be spoilt rotten. The astonishing, secluded beach views go down pretty well with mouth-watering meals, great cocktails and rather an impeccable service kinda leave you wishing you’d decided to stay on for longer (no matter how long your actual planned stay is).
Sea Island is a section of the Golden Isles of Georgia and there’s really one hotel here to stay in – The Cloister at Sea Island, which might cost you a pretty penny, but not before leaving you with huge smiles of delight and contentment stuck all over your face.
The island of Kauai receives rainfall nearly every day and as such, it is home to some of the most spectacular vegetation in Hawaii! To be honest, all the Hawaiian islands as a whole are some of the best islands in the USA to visit but Kauai’s lush greens are undoubtedly special – here you get an actual rainforest experience without getting out of the United States.
Bounded by lush forests, beautiful flowers, and varied wildlife, it is easy to see why Kauai is quite famous for its biodiversity.
Now that you are here, make sure to visit Waimea Canyon State Park to catch a glimpse of the Waimea Canyon, a jaw-dropping natural beauty that has been called the Grand Canyon of the Pacific!
Mount Desert Island, Maine
Mount Desert Island offers a beautiful rugged coastline paired with some seriously dense forests. It is the home of Acadia National Park, which is the house of Cadillac Mountain, one of the most famous hiking destinations in the entire East Coast.
The best attraction on this island, however, is the town of Bar Harbor. Famous amongst visitors to the island, Bar Harbor has plenty of quirky shops and beautiful restaurants to explore on your downtime. Oh, and you’ve got to have more than your fair part of anything and all lobster when you’re here… if ever there was a place for it – it’s right here.
Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
Martha’s Vineyard is a pretty good example of New England beauty. (i have got to say this, for longer than I care to admit, I really used to think it belonged to Martha Stewart! )
Now that you are here, be sure to take an excursion of the island’s five lighthouses, kick back on one of the number of beaches in the area, searching for knick-knacks and souvenirs in the many independent little shops and eat like a king at one of the many restaurants in Oak Bluffs – one the most famous areas on the island.
While the island is beautiful year-round, be prepared that it is a popular summer destination, so costs are cheaper and attractions are less crowded if you visit off-season.
Block Island, Rhode Island
This is an awesome place to quickly escape the concrete jungle and return to a more natural, quieter setting.
On Block Island, there are lots of opportunities for delving into nature, with a number of natural preserves and hiking trails for all age groups.
The Mohegan Bluffs especially is a gorgeous spot for exploring the coastline, though be sure that there is a staircase standing between you and the beach access that contains just over 140 steps! (Not so bad going down, maybe more of bickering lazily coming back up).
Galveston Island, Texas
Roughly an hour’s drive from Houston, Galveston Island is home to many wonderful beaches and dotted with some historical and family-friendly places to visit.
On a hot summer day, go to the Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark to keep yourself (and the kids, if you have any) amused for hours.
Orcas Island, Washington
This is an awesome place for those who want to get stuck in with nature rather than take rest on a sandy, sunny beach.
Orca Island really has a fair few adventures waiting to be had here, from hiking and fishing to going for an advised tour in Moran State Park that brings you face to face with bald eagles and of course, the elegant Orcas that give the island its name.
So these are top Islands in USA for your next trip and now plan your trip to USA and explore many more things along with these Islands and let us know your experience in below comments.