While we at Vacations256 will always suggest investing in a passport, if you don't currently have one, there are still a few far-flung places you can explore. Here are five wonderful destinations to consider.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is officially an unincorporated territory of the USA. Its capital, San Juan, has a picturesque old town where narrow, balcony-shaded streets run between sixteenth century forts, churches, and palaces. You'll enjoy colonial architecture, a tropical climate, diverse landscapes, traditional cuisine and the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea. Puerto Rico has moderate temperatures year-round, along with lots of sunshine, blue skies, and a cool ocean breeze. Because this destination is still under the radar for most tourists, it has yet to be flooded with crowds. There is a wide range of resorts and hotels to choose from.
Guam Guam became an American territory following the Pacific conflict of WW2. Its primary function is as an American military base, but it's slowly becoming a tourist hotspot, too. Visitors can explore the island's colorful villages, take in spectacular clifftop viewing points above the Philippine Sea, and visit the War in the Pacific National Historical Park. Guam is also known as a great spot for scuba diving, where you can explore the Blue Hole or a pair of sunken Japanese warships. The water is crystal clear and, unlike much of the world, Guam's coral reefs are actually thriving. Because it is close to the equator, Guam’s local temperature ranges between 75-85 degrees throughout the year. There are many wonderful foods to experience on Guam. In addition to the many local fruits like mango, avocado, bananas, papaya, breadfruit and coconut, you can taste many kinds of grilled fish, chicken, and shrimp. One of the main reasons Americans visit Guam is the convenient use of the U.S. dollar, the official currency of this U.S. territory.
The United States Virgin Islands The U.S. Virgin Islands are another fabulous option for passport-less U.S. citizens looking for an exotic getaway. Visitors have three islands to choose between- St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John- each offering something unique. Head to St. John for dramatic hiking trails and colorful diving sites. Visit St. Thomas's capital of Charlotte Amalie for great shopping and delicious dining. And travel to St. Croix for a relaxing, romantic getaway. Just make sure you don't confuse these three islands with the nearby British Virgin Islands, which will deny you entry if you don't have a passport.
If you're looking for truly off-the-beaten-track adventures, American Samoa is an ideal destination. A Pacific archipelago situated east of Fiji, American Samoa has only a handful of hotels, but a proudly authentic Polynesian culture. Sail to the island of Ofu to step out onto one of the South Pacific's most spectacular beaches. You'll see white sand framed by towering peaks and the horizon of the blue Pacific. Explore the wild forests, crystal streams, and jagged cliffs of the National Park of American Samoa, spread across three of the islands. The U.S. government plays a very hands-on role in American Samoa, providing funding for many services and infrastructure. As a result, water and electricity supplies are reliable and roads are excellent, Most of the population receives food aid, and health and education levels are on par with the mainland U.S.
Northern Mariana Island
The Northern Mariana Islands, more simply known as The Marianas, are an easy warm-weather escape in the western Pacific Ocean. Once you’re on the islands of this U.S. commonwealth, the only difficult decision you’ll have to make is whether to sunbathe on a beautiful beach, try your luck at a casino, play golf with dazzling views of the Philippine Sea, or go scuba diving in a World War II shipwreck. These islands Islands became part of the USA in June 1944, following an Allied victory over Japan in the battle of Saipan. Saipan is the biggest of the islands, and has several war museums and memorials. Visitors will enjoy magnificent beaches, clear aqua waters, year-round outdoor activities, world-class diving and golfing, international shopping, a wide range of ethnic restaurants.