Set atop a towering mountain ridge above the Pacific, this 19th-century homestead is one of the dreamiest destinations in the country. Bungalows of slate, marble, and wood are divvied up between separate buildings and are designed to blend seamlessly into the property�s lush natural landscape (book one with an ocean or mountain view). The property�s pi�ce de r�sistance? The Jade Pool, an ocean-facing infinity hot tub perched at the edge of the bluff.

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In March of 1521, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan was the first European to visit this island in the northwest Pacific Ocean. In centuries following, Guam changed hands several times, and since 1950 has been an unincorporated organized territory of the U.S. Much of it is surrounded by a coral reef table (which makes for excellent snorkeling, swimming, and diving with visibility up to 150 feet), and the island�the 32nd largest in the country�is also known for its Chamorro culture and…

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Even without a passport, a Caribbean vacation isn't necessarily out of reach: some 11 miles off the eastern coast of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix together are best known for their soft, white-sand beaches, reef and wreck diving, Victorian-era architecture, ecological preserves, castles, and yes, rum distribution. Though the islands are connected in name, all three have distinct offerings�think pirate history in St. Thomas, an expansive…

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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. For something a little more low-key, sunbathe at palm-fringed Ofu Beach…

Apostle Islands, Wisconsin. The 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland host a unique blend of cultural and natural resources. Lighthouses shine over Lake Superior and the new wilderness areas. Visitors can hike, paddle, sail, or cruise to experience these Jewels of Lake Superior.

All I want to do is pack up my stuff, move away to an island far far away, and live in a little beach house. I would read books, lay in the sun, and not care about how I looked or who was judging me. I could do anything or nothing I agree with this post

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