Only 11 miles off the eastern coast of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix are best known for their soft, sand beaches, reefs and diving. The islands are connected in name, but all three have distinct offerings: pirate history in St. Thomas, an expansive, pristine national park (appropriately named Virgin Islands National Park) in St. John, and traditional music on St. Croix
See St. Thomas to the left.
An island in the northwest Pacific Ocean. In 1950 it became an organized territory of the U.S. It is known for it's coral reef table, with visibility up to 150 feet. The island—the 32nd largest in the country—is also known for its Chamorro culture and villages, waterfall, World War II historical attractions, and beaches.
Northern Mariana Islands
Neighboring Japan and Korea, these Micronesian islands are perfect for adventure seekers:: Take a day trip to the lagoon at Managaha Island, or dive the famous Grotto, a 70-foot-deep limestone cavern home to sea turtles and reef sharks. On Saipan, the most populated of the Northern Marianas, trek the rugged northern reaches of the island before tucking in to traditional dishes like red rice, chicken kelaguen, or buñelos aga (banana doughnuts).
Puerto Rico has a little something for everybody: there are the historic cobblestoned streets of Old San Juan, verdant jungles of the El Yunque rainforest, tucked away mountain towns, and for the beach-inclined, the tiny islands of Vieques and Culebra. Puerto Rico is close to the continental U.S., which means direct flights from carriers JetBlue, Spirit, United, and more can typically be found for under $300 round-trip.
Comprising five South Pacific islands and two coral atolls, the distant archipelago of American Samoa is halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand. Visit the National Park of American Samoa for cliff walks and isolated beaches, cool off in the secluded Nu'uuli Falls, or hike up Rainmaker Mountain, whose clouds trap rain and help give territorial capital Pago Pago the highest annual rainfall of any harbor in the world.
On occasion people are asked for a passport, so make sure you check with the Samoan Embassy before departing.