There's the continental United States, plus Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. But beyond those familiar locations, there are still other far-flung spots that are technically part of the US. Sometimes acquired in past wars, sometimes to satisfy American 19th-century mania for guano, these territories include some of the most remote, isolated - and beautiful - places on the entire planet.
Thanks to the wonders of satellite imagery, striking views of these American locales are only a click away. Vote up the islands you'd like to visit some day.
Attu Island, part of the long Alaskan island chain called the Aleutians, is the westernmost spot in the US. It was the site of a battle against the Japanese in WWII - the only land-based battle fought in the conflict on US soil.Exotic America?
Midway Atoll was claimed by the US in 1867. Its location in the middle of the Pacific Ocean (almost exactly between Japan and the U.S., as its name suggests), combined with the fact that it was large enough to contain an air field, made it of great strategic importance during WWII.
Japanese forces attempted to invade it and seize its airfield, but met with crushing defeat in 1942 - a battle often considered the turning point of the Pacific War. Over 3,300 combatants - most of them Japanese - perished in that engagement.Exotic America?
Located south of the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean, the US Virgin Islands were purchased from Denmark in 1917 for $25 million. With a population of 106,000 and an appealing climate, the islands are a popular tourist destination.Exotic America?
American Samoa became a US territory in 1900, after being ceded by the local chiefs of the largest island, Tutuila. The capital, Pago Pago, has a population of about 3,600.
In January 1942, the island was shelled by a Japanese submarine. Shortly thereafter, a Marine brigade was stationed on the island to defend it. Japan never attacked Samoa again, and Tutuila became the site of a jungle training camp during WWII.Exotic America?