3 New England islands are among the top 10 in the continental U.S., according to Travel + Leisure readers

Brant Point Light on Nantucket.
Brant Point Light on Nantucket. –Marcy Leigh / Flickr

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Three New England islands are among the best in the country, according to Travel + Leisure magazine readers.

As part of the magazine’s annual World’s Best Awards, the publication released its list of Top 10 islands in the continental United States, and three New England spots made the list.


Nantucket is No. 2, second only to top dog Hilton Head, S.C. Mount Desert Island in Maine came in at No. 3 and Martha’s Vineyard is No. 8. All three islands, as well as the seven others, offer the “perfect vacation,” according to the publication.

“In the Massachusetts havens of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, as well as on Maine’s Mount Desert Island, joy comes from days spent picking berries and boating while the approaching evening brings in a fog,” the publication wrote.

Martha’s Vineyard. —Ben Philabaum / Flickr

The islands were scored for their natural attractions and beaches, activities and sights, restaurants, friendliness, and value and then given a numerical score based on those ratings. T+L tabulated the results with the assistance of digital marketing firm Wylei.

Readers also rated airlines, airports, car rental agencies, cruise ships, destination spas, hotels, hotel brands, cities, tour operators, and safari outfitters. The results appear in the August issue of Travel + Leisure.

“When packing for each of these islands, all that is necessary is a pair of binoculars, wonderful books, and a willingness to forget time,” wrote the publication.

View the full list of islands here.


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