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

By: Josh Lew on July 23, 2014, 2:59 p.m.
Aleutian Islands

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Aleutian Islands

Alaska is dominated by nature, and the Aleutian Islands, which trail out to the west of the mainland, are among the most remote spots in the state. Wildlife thrives on these islands amidst harsh weather, active volcanoes and unpredictable seas. Though the outlying territories on this list are further from the United States mainland, nowhere feels more remote than the Aleutians.

A few settlements are found on some of the larger islands in the chain. Spots like the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge draw hunters and trekkers. Proper equipment and guides are all but required in most parts of the Aleutians.  There are few roads, even on the more populated islands, so getting around requires bush planes or trips on the Alaska Marine Highway, a ferry service that connects the islands of the Eastern Aleutians.