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The 12 Best Island Vacations to Take Without Leaving the Country

Reader's Digest Logo By Robin Babb of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 13: All of the Hawaiian Islands make for wonderful island vacations—this is a known fact. But Lanai has some unique attractions that are beacons to adventurous travelers. You can visit the Garden of the Gods, a strange, Mars-like desert landscape stuck in the middle of tropical paradise, or take a trip to the Lanai Cat Sanctuary, which is exactly what it sounds like. There are also, of course, dozens of breathtaking beaches for sunbathing and swimming, and plenty of luxurious resorts to really get the paradise experience. Next, check out these free beach getaways across the country.

Itching for a tropical vacation, but don't want to deal with getting a passport, the currency exchange, and any language barriers? Lucky for you, there are plenty of islands that are part of the U.S.—so no passport (or hassle) required!

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