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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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Antelope Island, UT
Alexa Miller

Antelope Island, UT

Day-trippers are drawn to Great Salt Lake's Antelope Island for its starkly beautiful windblown landscape. Picture miles of empty hiking and mountain biking trails, quiet roads for cyclists—even a surprise herd of free-range bison roaming around. Leave the beach frolickers behind for the secluded 5.6-mile round-trip Lakeside Trail, with views across the chalky blue lake.

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