The 10 best islands in America, according to travellers

Key WestRamunas Bruzas/ShutterstockKey West, Florida, came in at second place.

TripAdvisor has just released the winners of its 2016 Travellers’ Choice Awards, naming the top 10 islands in the US.

To create the list, TripAdvisor analysed the quantity and quality of reviews of hotels, restaurants, and attractions on the islands within the last year, in addition to traveller booking interest on the website.

To help make planning a vacation to these islands easier, TripAdvisor also included the average nightly rate of all hotels for each destination, as well as the seasonal average hotel rates and savings you can expect during shoulder season.

From Michigan’s Mackinac Island to Mount Desert Island in Maine, here are the 10 American islands travellers love most.

10. Mackinac Island, Michigan


Average nightly rate of all bookable hotels: $298

Average seasonal hotel rates: spring -- $239, summer -- $337, fall -- $289, winter -- N/A (hotels close in the winter)

Average shoulder season savings during spring: 29%

Reason to book now: The 68th Annual Mackinac Island Lilac Festival (June 3-12)

9. Chincoteague Island, Virginia

Average nightly rate of all bookable hotels: $157

Average seasonal hotel rates: spring -- $108, summer -- $192, fall -- $114, winter -- $82

Average shoulder season savings during spring: 44%

Reason to book now: The 48th Annual Chincoteague Seafood Festival (May 7)

8. Marco Island, Florida

Average nightly rate of all bookable hotels: $312

Average seasonal hotel rates: spring -- $410, summer -- $297, fall -- $271, winter -- $419

Average shoulder season savings during fall: 35%

Reason to book now: The 40th Annual Great Dock Canoe Race (May 14)

7. Amelia Island, Florida

Average nightly rate of all bookable hotels: $255

Average seasonal hotel rates: spring -- $262, summer -- $262, fall -- $222, winter -- $194

Average shoulder season savings during fall: 15%

Reason to book now: Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival (April 29-May 1)

6. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Average nightly rate of all bookable hotels: $298

Average seasonal hotel rates: spring -- $271, summer -- $328, fall -- $214, winter -- $155

Average shoulder season savings during fall: 35%

Reason to book now: The 20th Annual Rib Burnoff and Barbecue Fest (May 14, 2016)

5. Mount Desert Island, Maine

Average nightly rate of all bookable hotels: $195

Average seasonal hotel rates: spring -- $130, summer -- $230, fall -- $171, winter -- $115

Average shoulder season savings during spring: 44%

Reason to book now: National Trails Day (June 4)

4. Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

Average nightly rate of all bookable hotels: $270

Average seasonal hotel rates: spring -- $278, summer -- $273, fall -- $267, winter -- $315

Average shoulder season savings during fall: 15%

Reason to book now: The 5th Annual Big Island Chocolate Festival (May 13-14)

3. Oahu, Hawaii

Average nightly rate of all bookable hotels: $263

Average seasonal hotel rates: spring -- $243, summer -- $278, fall -- $251, winter -- $291

Average shoulder season savings during spring: 17%

Reason to book now: The annual Ukulele Festival (July 17)

2. Key West, Florida

Average nightly rate of all bookable hotels: $319

Average seasonal hotel rates: spring -- $400, summer -- $299, fall -- $314, winter -- $443

Average shoulder season savings during fall: 29%

Reason to book now: The Turtle Kraals Key West Paddle Classic (April 30)

1. Maui, Hawaii

Average nightly rate of all bookable hotels: $330

Average seasonal hotel rates: spring -- $346, summer -- $339, fall -- $315, winter -- $412

Average shoulder season savings during fall: 24%

Reason to book now: The Maui Film Festival (June 15-19)

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