From its bustling downtown to its sugary white-sand beaches, St. Thomas offers vacation options from active to serene. Downtown Charlotte Amalie overflows with duty-free bargains on luxury goods - plus a bounty of historical architecture. Red Hook is host to water-sports excursions, and beaches ringing the island provide seaside opportunities, raucous or relaxed.

Green, hilly and funky yet chic, St. John is an upscale getaway packed with environmental integrity. Whether lodging at beachside campsites or in pampering resorts, visitors converge in Cruz Bay, a happening town filled with boutiques, galleries and restaurants. The Virgin Islands National Park is loaded with hiking trails, and the oh-so-clear water is a snorkeler's paradise.

The USVI's largest island may yet be its most attractive, with sprawling rural areas providing venues for biking, hiking, and spotting numerous stone windmills, which were once used in sugar production. Historical structures abound, and with little effort you can stand on the easternmost edge in the entire United States.