By Travis Marshall for USA TODAY 10Best

No flight required: 10 island escapes you can drive to

You don't need to hop a plane to the Caribbean to enjoy a relaxing island escape. We've put together 10 of the best island escapes in America that you can reach by car.

Coronado Island

Just a short drive from San Diego, Coronado Island is the perfect place to rent a bike and explore beautiful gardens. If you're spending the night, the historic Hotel del Coronado is a must-stay.

Florida Keys

A drive across the Florida Keys offers a myriad of island escapes with a beautiful blend of emerald-green harbors, turquoise seas, swaying palms and wildlife-rich mangroves.

Chincoteague Island

This Virginia island is best known for two things: sumptuously salty oysters and its unique population of wild ponies. The island is part of a 14,000-acre national wildlife refuge.

Tybee Island

This under-the-radar barrier island sits along the pristine Georgia coast just 30 minutes from the historic colonial center of Savannah. It makes the ideal spot for every sort of beach activity.

Marco Island

Florida's Marco Island sits along the Gulf Coast between Naples and the mangroves of the Ten Thousand Islands as they stretch into the Everglades. Here you can find perfect white-sand beaches.

Orcas Island

Drive onto a Washington State ferry in Anacortes, and you'll soon land on Orcas Island, a rugged, rainforest-clad jewel in the San Juan Islands. Take a whale-watching tour or hike through lush forests.

Outer Banks

Off the coast of North Carolina, the barrier islands of the Outer Banks are connected by a coastal highway, offering easy access to many great beaches and attractions.

Mount Desert Island

Mount Desert Island in Maine is a popular escape for those looking to truly get away from it all. Nature fans should head to Acadia National Park, where you can explore remote beaches.

Thousand Islands

The Thousand Islands in Upstate New York are chock full of activities. And don't miss the chance to explore a unique pair of island castles, Boldt Castle and Singer Castle.

South Bass Island

Nicknamed "Key West of the Midwest," Put-in-Bay is a town on South Bass Island in the Ohio section of Lake Erie. Adventurers can take a kayaking trip or visit Crystal Cave to see the world's largest geode.

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