Planning your next vacation and want to experience a tropical paradise, but don’t have a passport? No problem! Any of these following destinations would be a little slice of heaven for those U.S. travelers who want to stay a little closer to home.
Consisting of over 100 islands, Hawaii offers travelers a unique opportunity to have many different types of vacations in one trip. There is something for everyone, including mountain ranges, lush tropical forests, beautiful beaches, surfing and snorkeling… the list goes on and on! The 50th U.S. State has so much to offer, it’s no wonder most of their guests return to explore other islands, as each are completely unique. On Oahu, enjoy the city life with a stunning view of Diamondhead and Waikiki Beach. Or, become submerged in history at Pearl Harbor or the Polynesian Cultural Center. Take a road trip on Maui down the famous Hana Highway, where you will see stunning landscapes and more waterfalls then you can count. This area is known for it’s whale sightings and beautiful beaches. Visit the small islands of Molokai or Lanai, which take you away from the tourism and into Hawaiian nature and culture. The island of Kauai is every nature lovers dream! Explore the Napali Coast, go ziplining, snorkeling, or hiking to view the dramatic scenery. Finally, Hawaii Island (the Big Island) is home to the Hawaii Volcanos National Park, snow capped mountain peaks, and lush forests.
U.S. Virgin Islands
Consisting of St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John, the U.S. Virgin Islands are perfect for those looking for that slice of Caribbean bliss! With beautiful blue waters contrasting with white sand beaches dotted with palm trees, these islands are a great place to soak up the sun. With a range of accommodations to choose from (including some all inclusive properties), and a wide variety of activities, the U.S. Virgin Islands are a beach lover’s dream!
Seeped in history and beautiful golden beaches, Puerto Rico is a must see for all travelers. Home to the only subtropical rainforest in the United States Forest Service, the area also offers the longest zip line in the states, bioluminescent bays, and lively festivals that happen year around. With booming ecotourism, Puerto Rico is an ideal destination for those looking to tie the knot, take their entire family on vacation, or active travelers!
Known as the southernmost point of the continental U.S., the Florida Keys have the Caribbean island feel close to home. With over 1700 islands, only 43 are accessible by the famous Highway 1, or “Overseas Highway” and various bridges. With one of the best coral reefs in the Caribbean, the Keys are becoming a hotspot for a wide range of travelers. Most popular is the island of Key West, which is well known as Ernest Hemingway’s home. This island has transformed to be a vibrant, lively area with impressive local cuisine, great nightlife, art galleries, and colorful architecture.