December 2, 2022

If you love cooler temperatures and want to get away from the heat for a few days, consider heading off to an island in the Northeast or Northwest. Several islands in the Pacific Northwest and the Eastern Seaboard are perfect destinations for a relaxing retreat in the great outdoors, by the beach, or just exploring the historic towns and villages. Here are five beautiful islands to cool off on.

Vancouver Island

Famous for its beautiful beaches and remote coastal communities, the historic capital of British Columbia is the perfect place to explore old forests and discover some of the world’s most diverse ecosystems. All year round, you can recharge and renew at area spas or head off on a sightseeing tour to take in the historic and cultural sights.

Mount Desert Island

The largest island off the coast of Maine is where you’ll find Acadia’s National Park. Head here for a relaxing escape and spend some of your days exploring the wilderness. Highlights of this region include the Roosevelt Campobello International Park, Swan Island, and the Saint Croix Island International Historic Site.

Sgang Gwaay

This tiny island is located on the southwest of Haida Gwaii in Canada ad is best known for its mortuary totems. The island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the perfect place to enjoy some outdoor adventures as you discover the ancient totems.

Sucia Island

Located just two miles north of Orca Island’s North Beach, this is a popular destination for sailing and kayaking. Many people spend the weekend camping here and you can explore the sandstone cliffs and Parker Reef to make the most of your experience.

Tern Rock

Technically, this island is a peninsula, but it was cut off by the moving Mendenhall Glacier not too long ago. You can take a boat trip across the all to see the glaciers and icebergs, explore the intense blue ice caves, and enjoy the breathtaking scenery.

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