A Massachusetts island was named among the best in the U.S.

It's the only New England island on the Conde Nast Traveler list.

Built in 1850, this distinctive brick lighthouse stands on a bluff 90 feet above sea level. One of the best ways to visit Sankaty is by bicycle, particularly if you’re coming from town. The ride is peaceful and you’ll enjoy the scenic views up close.
The Sankaty Head Lighthouse on Nantucket. –Nantucket Historical Association

A Massachusetts island known for its cobblestone streets, quaint cottages, and lobster rolls was named one of America’s best islands by Conde Nast Traveler readers.

The travel publication revealed a list of the 10 best islands in the U.S. as part of its 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards earlier this month, and — you guessed it — Nantucket snagged a spot (No. 7). The No. 1 U.S. island was Hilton Head Island in South Carolina.

“Once the whaling capital of the world, this prim little island off the coast of Cape Cod leverages its seafaring past to entice lovers of clapboard cottages and striped sailor shirts,” the publication wrote about Nantucket. “A perfect meal here might be a lobster roll downed with a can of beer from the island’s own Cisco Brewers, or whatever they’re serving up at the Nautilus, a funky New England-Asian-Spanish fusion restaurant where the cocktails are as creative as the small plates.”


Editors compiled the Readers’ Choice Awards based on the results of an online survey available to readers between April 1, 2018, and June 30, 2018. The survey contained listings of hotels, resorts, islands, airports, airlines, cities, and cruise ships. More than 429,000 readers submitted ratings, according to the publication.

Here is the full list of the 10 best islands in the U.S.