18 Exotic Places to Travel Right in the U.S.

Aleutian Islands, Alaska

While the Aleutian Islands aren’t for those who are looking for beaches and sunshine, they’re ideal for exploring nature in one of the most remote places in Alaska. Here, wildlife thrives amid the harsh climate, stormy seas and active volcanoes. It’s hard to find places that feel more remote than this. While there are a few settlements on some of the larger islands, you’ll see more animals than people. For wildlife watchers, the Aleutians can be an experience of a lifetime, with opportunities to view rarely-seen creatures among the dramatic natural backdrops. Birders come here from around the world to add unique species to their “life lists.” Marine mammals that live in the surrounding waters include grey, minke, humpback, orca and sperm whales as well as seals, sea lions and walrus.

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