Domestic Bliss: 9 Vacation-Worthy American Islands

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Antelope Island State Park, Utah
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Antelope Island State Park, Utah

The camping-only Antelope Island State Park is a quick, 20 minute drive from Salt Lake City. The island is the largest in the Great Salt Lake, and is home to a herd of 500 free-roaming bison, mule deer, bighorn sheep, pronghorn, and 250 species of birds. The 28,000 acre island welcomes hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders with the park’s 36 miles of backcountry trails. Recently designated a Dark Sky Park by the International Dark-Sky Association, it’s the perfect place to pitch a tent and camp for a weekend under a star-filled sky, or walk along sandy beaches and kayak the salty waters with Gonzo Boat Rentals & Tours. Dust off the Stetsons for the one-day, annual Bison Round-up every October or pay a visit to the Historic Fielding Garr Ranch, a restored 150-year old ranch open year round. For dining, visit the Island Buffalo Grill because, well, you have no choice — it's the only eatery on the island 

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