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From all-to-yourself islands to hidden beach towns to iconic coastal experiences, the West has the beach vacation of a lifetime in store for you

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Plot your escape to one of the West's best islands--places so lovely you won't want your time there to end

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Kodiak, AK
James Marshall

Kodiak, AK

For being the country’s second-largest island, Kodiak is remarkably intimate. Fog drifts through moss-cloaked, bear-loving forests, and only puffins break the silence at remote beaches. When your kayak drifts into a hidden cove on Anton Larsen Bay, the whole world shrinks down to that single moment with your few companions: sea lions, otters, and breaching humpback whales.

More: Beginner's guide to Alaska

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