Aerial view of Outer Banks North Carolina

Who said you had to travel far to discover some of the best islands. That’s right, going to an island doesn’t always mean leaving the country. Sometimes, going to the islands is about embracing what is in your own backyard. America has some of the most beautiful and unique islands throughout the country. Especially on the southeast coast.

Travel + Leisure has released its “America’s Best” for 2022 and we’re taking a look into the best islands in the continental U.S. Of course there are great spots in Florida talked about all of the time. But, can’t forget about Georgia, South Carolina, and right here in North Carolina. Readers rated islands based on their activities and sights, natural attractions and beaches, food, friendliness, and overall value. Now, we’re here to share that North Carolina’s Outer Banks made the list! Sounds like the Tar Heel state has plenty to offer this year. Check out what other islands made Travel + Leisure’s 2022 best islands in the continental U.S.