US Territory Guide

The United States has several non-State entities as well which you may be interested in summitting. The most notable one is the District of Columbia. Others may be interested in the 5 populated territories (American Samoa, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands). There are 11 additional territories – 3 in the Caribbean and 8 in the Pacific. But I thought embassies were territories too? This popular misconception is wrong. Paraphrasing from the US State Dept, while embassies represent sovereign states, they are on the host country’s territory.

The following map/table data is gathered from internet resources such as “Wikipedia”, the “CIA Factbook” and other online articles. It is suggested that you start with wikipedia’s “Territories of the United States” which describes the history and nuances of all the types of territories.

The elevations and locations of the 11 unpopulated territories should be taken as estimates only. Remember that many of the US Minor Outlying Islands (the 8 unpopulated territories in the Pacific) have been heavily modified from WWII onward. If you find the “true” highpoint today, it would be hard to tell whether it was man-made or not. Please note that special permission is required to land on many of the unpopulated territories (wildlife refuge, military, etc).

[You may re-sort this table by clicking the small arrows found in the column headers.]
[inc/uninc – whether it is an incorporated or unincorporated territory]
[org/unorg – whether it is an organized or unorganized territory]
[pop – whether it is populated or not]

(trip info)
Access Elevation
District of Columbia
(federal district, pop)
Fort Reno   410
American Samoa
(uninc, org, pop, Pacific)
Lata Mountain   3,160
(uninc, org, pop, Pacific)
Mount Lamlam   1,332
Northern Marianas Is
(uninc, org, pop, Pacific, commonwealth)
Agrihan   3,166
Puerto Rico
(uninc org, pop, Caribbean, commonwealth)
Cerro de Punta   4,390
US Virgin Is
(uninc, org, pop, Caribbean)
Crown Mountain Pvt 1,556
Baker Island
(uninc, unorg, Pacific)
unnamed NWR 26
Howland Island
(uninc, unorg, Pacific)
unnamed NWR 10
Jarvis Island
(uninc, unorg, Pacific)
unnamed NWR 23
Johnston Atoll
(uninc, unorg, Pacific)
Summit Peak NWR 16
Kingman Reef
(uninc, unorg, Pacific)
submerged NWR 5
Midway Islands
(uninc, unorg, Pacific)
unnamed NWR 44
Palmyra Atoll
(inc, unorg, Pacific)
Sand Island NWR 6
Wake Island
(uninc, unorg, Pacific)
Ducks Point NWR 20
Bajo Nuevo Bank
(uninc, unorg, Caribbean)
unnamed   6
Navassa Island
(uninc, unorg, Caribbean)
Dunning Hill NWR 253
Serranilla Bank
(uninc, unorg, Caribbean)
Beacon Cay   3