National Park of American Samoa

Okay, so it’s perhaps a little unfair to quote this one’s visitor numbers. After all, it’s way off in the Southern Hemisphere, some 4,700 miles from the coast of California. If you do get to go, GO! The National Park of American Samoa is a land of misty rainforests and resplendent coral reefs.

The National Park Of American Samoa is a tropical paradise destination brimming with a rugged coastline, unique flowers, colorful birds, and plentiful hiking trails.

Look out for colorful, tropical doves and imperial pigeons, lupe, featured in countless Samoan proverbs and expressions. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch a glimpse of the bristle-thighed curlew, a rare migratory bird from Alaska. 

The first ever US national park to be situated in the Southern Hemisphere is a Polynesian dream come true. Capping of a stunning duo of islands that lay right on the fringe of the International Date Lane, National Park of American Samoa ranges through emerald green cloud forests and gnarled volcanic peaks that look like the twisted fingers of sleeping giants. Of course, the beaches – especially those on Ofu – are worthy of Castaway. But you’re probably more likely to see a leatherback turtle and some parrotfish than Tom Hanks and his FedEx haul.

The first ever US national park to be situated in the Southern Hemisphere is a Polynesian dream come true. Capping of a stunning duo of islands that lay right on the fringe of the International Date Lane, National Park of American Samoa ranges through emerald green cloud forests and gnarled volcanic peaks that look like the twisted fingers of sleeping giants. Of course, the beaches – especially those on Ofu – are worthy of Castaway. But you’re probably more likely to see a leatherback turtle and some parrotfish than Tom Hanks and his FedEx haul.

Pago Pago is adjacent to the only U.S. national park south of the Equator. The National Park of American Samoa sprawls across three islands and consists of 13,500 acres of rainforest, beach, and coral reef. This breathtaking park offers dramatic hikes, sweeping views, and a wide array of fauna. Don’t miss the endangered fruit bat, which boasts a very impressive wingspan of up to 3 feet. No island adventure would be complete without soaking up the Samoan sun on a beautiful beach. For a more social vibe, check out the Alega Beach, where you can hang with locals and enjoy a cold drink from the neighboring bar. Or take a short walk to the Two Dollar Beach (also known as Avaio Beach) – equally beautiful, but more exclusive. Looking to get lost for a day? Take the National Marine Sanctuary of Samoa trail. Here, you’ll experience everything from craggy black lava rocks that line the shore to secret, secluded beaches and turquoise waters.

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