If you don't live on an island paradise, you can still find one right next door. Many beautiful islands lie just a bridge, ferry ride or short flight away – and even from inland states, you can be in a dreamy island setting within a half-day or less, and at surprisingly affordable prices. For ISLANDS' favorite weekend destinations, see the PDF viewer below for the full article from the July/August 2009 issue. Or, continue reading for links from this year's "Best" list.
For a quick weekend trip on a budget, try one of these surprising islands just off the United States mainland.
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