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8 exotic destinations that are part of the U.S.

Exotic destinations in the U.S.

Photo: Laura Beauregard/USFWS/Flickr

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Paradise at your doorstep

America has some of the most famous natural attractions on Earth. Millions of would-be travelers dream about looking out over the edge of the Grand Canyon or watching Old Faithful erupt from the grounds of Yellowstone

No one would deny that these popular places boast a great deal of natural beauty. But there are some other spots in the far-flung corners of the United States that have mostly escaped notice.  For example, the often-overlooked U.S. territories — the “non-states,” you might call them — are filled with beautiful attractions that may seem completely exotic even though they are part of the same country as the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone.  

Here are eight surprising and beautiful “secret” destinations (like Palmyra Atoll, pictured here) that are part of the United States. (Text: Josh Lew)