United States territory covers not only the 50 States but an assortment of islands in the Pacific and Caribbean. Let's take a tour of some extreme places in the USA.
Go West Young Man - Or Go East - It Doesn't Matter Much.
Point Udall in Guam located atis the westernmost point (again
The other Point Udall located at C is found at the east end of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Point Udall is the easternmost point (by travel, not longitude) in the United States including territories and insular areas. This Point Udall was named for Stewart Udall, United States Secretary of the Interior under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson and brother to Mo Udall.
If you decide to go East, check out the Point Udall Millennium Monument built to welcome the Year 2000 to the USA. It is a large sundial (pictured).
North by Northwest
In the extreme Northwest corner of the lower 48 states you can find Point Roberts. This little piece of Washington State is actually attached only to Canada. Point Roberts inconvenient situation results from the 49th parallel line being drawn without regard to the practical reality that Point Roberts, while South of the streight line, is part of a peninsula that is Canadian territory.
Much of the property in Point Roberts is owned by Canadians anyway who consider it the ultimate gated community protected by the Department of Homeland Security. Many Canadian have US PO Boxes here to - the mail is trucked in across the border at Blaine, through Canada, across the border at Point Roberts so that the Canadians can pick it up and return to Canada. Getting to Point Roberts requires driving/walking in or taking a boat. There is no ferry or airport.
The Point is occasional used by American law enforcement to trap wanted fugitives. The wanted man is invited to a meeting across the border and is then snatched up.
With just 152 residents, mostly natives on the Red Lake Indian Reservation that covers 70% of the district, this little 116.632 square mile portion of Minnesota is only accessible by boat, by driving on the frozen Lake of the Woods, or by driving through Canada.
The Real North
Point Barrow or Nuvuk is the northernmost point of all the territory of the United States at. and it is 9 miles (14 km) northeast of the most northerly American settlement at Barrow, Alaska. The distance to the North Pole is 1,122 nautical miles (1,291 mi; 2,078 km), or 40 miles (64 km) further than the distance from Murchison Promontory, Nunavut (most northern point on the North America mainland) to the Pole.
The Deep South
Approximately 97% of American Samoa’s seabird population resides on Rose Atoll. Each of the 12 bird species is federally protected. Red-footed boobies and greater and lesser frigate birds nest in the buka trees. Black noddies and white terns nest in the middle and lower branches. The root system is used by the reef herons and red-tailed tropic birds. Other birds can be found in the Pisonia forest, the only one left in Samoa.
Top it Out
Hit the Bottom
The site itself consists of a small spring-fed pool of "bad water" next to the road in a sink; the accumulated salts of the surrounding basin make it undrinkable, thus giving it the name. The pool does have animal and plant life, including pickleweed, aquatic insects, and the Badwater snail.
The actual lowest spot in the park tends to move around, but because the salt flats are dangerous to walk on, the lowest point sign is located at Badwater Basin.