The U.S. is made up of more than just its 50 states. Within the United States, exist a number of other types of areas as well including commonwealths, insular areas and territories. Offered protection and sometimes partially governed by the U.S., these exotic and even remote locations offer American’s a whole different kind of experience. Take a look at some of these amazing destinations for travel with us as we review 4 exotic U.S. destinations for travel.
Puerto Rico – Home to approximated 3.5 million people, the commonwealth of Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States and is located in the Caribbean. Around 110 miles long and 35 miles wide, it is around 1,300 miles off the coast of Florida. An interesting blend of cultures, Puerto Rico’s residents speak both Spanish and English, the two official languages of the islands. Top experiences in Puerto Rico range from adventure tourism, to golf to beach and water related activities. Top destinations include El Yunque National Forest and Ponce and Culebra.
United States Virgin Islands – Home to around 106,000 residents, the U.S. Virgin Islands are an insular area of the U.S. and are part of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. Made up of many islands, the three main islands are St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas. Encompassing over 130 square miles of land, its capital city of Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas is home to most residents. A tourist mecca, the Virgin Islands are some of the most popular areas for travel in the Caribbean. Culture, history and nature make up some of the most popular activities and destinations on the islands today.
Northern Mariana Islands – Made up of three main islands which include Saipan, Tinian and Rota, the Northern Mariana Islands are a U.S. Territory and are made up of 15 islands in total. Home to almost 55,000 people, it welcomes thousands of others each year for its stunning weather, historic sites both above and below the ocean and its natural beauty. Exotic and remote, these islands are located in the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and the Philippines.
American Samoa – Another Island group situated in the Pacific, American Samoa is home to over 50,000 residents and are truly remote. Another unincorporated territory, American Samoa is well known for its culture and its solitude. Exotic and beautiful, it offers a similar culture to that found in Hawaii but with many fewer people and a strong connection to the past. Part of the Polynesian Triangle, it along with Easter Island and Hawaii are the heart of Polynesia.
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