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The United States is truly vast and diverse. With a whopping land area of over 3 million square miles, the country teems with possibilities for adventure. Yet, surprisingly, we limit ourselves to a small fraction of the country, when picking a vacation destination. Sure, there are plenty of good reasons New York, Los Angeles, and Yosemite draw thousands of visitors per year. But, there are tons of lesser-known and overlooked places in the US that are just as charming as the classic favorites. So, if you’re looking to escape the crowds, make sure to check out these underrated places to visit in the US.
There’s never a dull moment in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Trust me, there are plenty of amazing and fun things to do in Chattanooga. To start your trip in this city on a high note, check out one of the largest freshwater aquariums in the world – Tennessee Aquarium. Afterward, drop by the small yet lovely Bluff View Art District. Furthermore, there are a number of other places worth a visit in this city, such as Ruby Falls and Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.
Up for a heart-pumping outdoor adventure? Then, don’t forget to include Bend to your list of places to visit in the US. With its close proximity to a river, volcano and mountain range, you’ll have a plethora of outdoor activities in Bend for every season. You may fill your vacation days going on our outdoor escapes, like river paddle-boarding as well as hiking and day skiing in the nearby mountains. As an added bonus, there are plenty of wineries, local breweries, restaurants, and bars to explore in Bend, Oregon. Not bad, right?
Looking for a cheaper alternative to the Grand Canyon? Can’t afford the astronomical hotel rates in the Grand Canyon? Why not spend your vacation in Sedona, Arizona instead? With its ruggedly beautiful scenery, you’ll see a postcard-worthy sight at almost every turn in Sedona. To make things even better, the town is also believed to be home to healing energy vortexes, which are famed for promoting spiritual development. From yoga retreats to spas, there are a lot of things to do in Sedona for weary travelers as well.
Beaufort, South Carolina
Located halfway between the enchanting Savannah and thriving Charleston, the city offers all the charm of a typical old Southern city sans the big crowds. A booming local arts scene, excellent restaurants, the waterfront, architecture, and history separate Beaufort from other Lowcountry locales. And guess what? It’s home to statuesque oak trees that will remind you beloved flicks, such as Forrest Gump, The Prince of Tides and The Big Chill.
Charming and laid-back, Burlington is a beautiful year-round destination and a hip college town. Fall is, by far, the best time to soak up the breathtaking Vermont foliage. Summer, meanwhile, means water sports and boating on Lake Champlain. From taking in the beauty of the harbor and lake to exploring artsy shops, there’s no shortage of fun activities in Burlington, Vermont.
San Antonio, Texas
Headed to Texas? From exploring the iconic Alamo to the strolling the San Antonio Riverwalk, there’s something for each type of traveler in this wondrous 300-year-old Texan hub. Although the city is drenched in culture and history, there are a lot of modern art galleries as well as trendy restaurants and shops to keep you busy here.
Kansas City, Missouri
“The City of Fountains” as well, as its nickname implies, known for its numerous stunning fountains. Furthermore, the city is praised for its jazz heritage and delicious barbecue. Of course, there are much other fun and interesting things to do in Kansas City, like watching a Kansas City Royals baseball game and exploring the American Jazz Museum.
Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville, nestled in the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains, has a host of independent bookshops as well as offers learning opportunities for the smart traveler. On Friday nights, the city’s downtown area hosts a community drum circle where everyone is welcome to join the fun, dance and drum. Additionally, you may visit the epic Biltmore Estate of George W. Vanderbilt, which is the titleholder for the largest home in America.
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