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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.

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Guam is a large island in the Mariana Archipelago. Much more cosmopolitan than neighboring Saipan, this island has a large United States military presence.  The U.S. military ties with Guam lead back to World War II. Battlefields that saw heavy fighting during the Pacific Campaign can be visited at the War in the Pacific National Historical Park

The capital city of Hagåtña is very modern, and resorts dominate some of the northern parts of Guam. The southern part of the island, in contrast, is very rural. Traditional villages sit in-between volcanic mountain ranges, overlooking lush valleys and towering waterfalls. There are plenty of well-kept hiking trails on Guam, making it possible to reach remote beaches, panoramic mountain overlooks and cascading waterfalls with relative ease. Like elsewhere in the region of Micronesia, the waters around Guam are very clear, so conditions are ideal for snorkeling and diving.