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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.
Palmyra Atoll

Photo: Kydd Pollock/USFWS-Pacific Region/Flickr

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Palmyra Atoll

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a base on Palmyra Atoll, a remote island in the middle of the Pacific. Palmyra can be visited as part of a research program or as a member or volunteer working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. With prior permission, however, it is also possible to visit this nature-rich atoll by sailing from Hawaii (a multi-day trip). 

Its lack of public access makes this the most remote destination, in terms of travel time, on our list.  Restrictions on the number of people who can be on the island enhance the feeling of remoteness on Palmyra. The high amount of rainfall on the atoll has lead to a lush landscape that is teeming with wildlife.