Plot your escape to one of the West's best islands--places so lovely you won't want your time there to end.
Catalina Island, CA
This island retreat, only 40 minutes by ferry from the mainland, is the ultimate SoCal beach paradise and a great choice for a family weekend. You can splash around on Avalon Beach, stroll through the harbor town of Avalon, or take a jeep tour of the wild backcountry.
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The Magic Isle has its contradictions. Calm and lovely today, its 'Iao Valley was where King Kamehameha I defeated Maui forces in his fight to unite Hawaii under his rule. Beach town Pa'ia has two faces too: world-class surfer and windsurfer hangout, but also home to native Hawaiians whose island roots reach back centuries. Then there's the tiny coastal paradise of Hana--no stoplights, no chain stores, no TVs, just blissful beauty.
Vancouver Island, B.C.
There aren't many temperature-friendly and easily accessible places left in North America that offer as muchRead More »from Top 21 Island Escapes