Deserted Island Day Trips

Want to play castaway for a day? From the Caribbean to California, these nine islands offer pristine beaches and abundant wildlife.

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Long Island, Apostle Islands
Photo: Marvin Dembinsky Photo Assoc./Alamy

Long Island, Apostle Islands

The 21 Apostle Islands in Lake Superior are an adventure-seeker's playground. Kayakers, hikers, boaters, divers, and lighthouse enthusiasts—there are six lightstations among the isles—will find plenty to see and do here. Long Island, located in the southeast corner, is one of the more remote spots, with three historic lights (one working) and submerged shipwreck treasures.

Be sure to: Suit up in your scuba gear and spend hours exploring the still-intact hull of the sunken 1886 schooner Lucerne.

How to get there: Via private boat or with Adventure Vacations water taxi service (requires advance notice); 715/747-2100 or adv-vac.com. For diving information, contact the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore; 715/779-3397 or nps.gov/apis.

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