If you can imagine one last authentic, tropical escape left in U.S. territory, it would be American Samoa. About halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand in the heart of Polynesia, American Samoa is truly off the beaten path. Ninety percent of its incredible volcanic peaks, thick rainforests and pristine coral reefs remain virgin landscape. Samoan heritage is equally preserved. Explore World War II history, soak in lush scenery, dive the crystalline waters and immerse yourself in a colorful, ancient culture. The capital of Pago Pago on Tutuila offers popular activities and attractions such as hiking on Mount ‘Alava, Two Dollar Beach, National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa, hotels, shopping and dining at Pago Plaza and Fagatogo Square. If it’s solitude you seek, the beaches on Ofu will sweep you away. September and October are peak humpback whale-watching months. Throughout the year, you’ll also glimpse land and sea creatures galore, from fruit bats and geckos to dolphins and sea turtles.