Nantucket has been named one of the best all-American summer trips by the Travel Channel. And for good reason.

How much more American can you get than Herman Melville’s “Moby-Dick”? Melville based his 1851 book on the sinking of the real-life whaling ship, Nantucket’s Essex, in 1820. It was attacked and sunk by a sperm whale. Find out more about the Melville/Nantucket connection. But New Englanders already know that, just like we know the island of Nantucket is a National Historic Landmark (it has more than 800 homes built before the Civil War!).

But for those who don’t know, the Gray Lady (Nantucket’s nickname due to the island’s famous fogs) offers many unique experiences steeped in history, such as dining underneath a whaling captain’s home-turned-inn at the The Ship’s Innrestaurant (built in 1831), which declares Nantucket “the summer you long for” on its website. With pristine beaches, miles of hiking and biking trails, museums, delicious restaurants, picturesque lighthouses, historic homes, and unique shops, we wholeheartedly agree.

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23nantucket - Cottages line the harbor on Nantucket Island. (Pamela Wright for The Boston Globe)
Cottages line the harbor on Nantucket Island.
Pamela Wright for The Boston Globe

Other places that made Travel Channel’s list? Joshua Tree National Park, California; Everglades National Park, Florida; Pittsburgh, Penn.; Moab Utah; Crater Lake National Park, Oregon; Washington, D.C.; Black Hills, South Dakota; Bannack State Park, Montana; and Finger Lakes, New York.