14 Underrated U.S. Destinations

We all have a bucket list. You know the one I’m talking about; the one that has every place we hope to someday visit and keeps getting longer every time we browse Pinterest or Instagram.

Well it’s time to add these places to that list because there are extraordinary places around the U.S. that are often overlooked:

14.) Pagosa Springs, Colorado 

 

Although “Pagosah” means “healing waters” in the language of the Southwestern Ute, there is plenty of outdoor wonder to keep visitors coming back during any season.

13.) Flagstaff, Arizona

 

Big mountains, small town, live music and a whole lot to do. Whether you hit the hiking trails or the new brewery trail, Flagstaff-Grand Canyon Ale Trail, this little place is something big to talk about.

12.) Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 

 

The beach, beer gardens, and boardwalks make Rehoboth a perfect east coast summer getaway.

11.) Long Beach Peninsula, Washington

 

Known as the “World’s Longest Beach,” Long Beach Peninsula is made up of various pacific northwest towns and 28 miles of sand. You won’t be disappointed by Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco or horseback riding the black sand beaches.

10.) Big Sur, California

 

This California Scenic Highway destination offers everything from cafes to camping, hot springs, and hiking along with stunning views of the coast.

9.) San Antonio, Texas

 

Learn about culture, take a wine tour, visit the rodeo, or check out the San Antonio Riverwalk in this Texas town.

8.) Newport, Rhode Island

 

This adorable town has so much to offer like the scenic Cliff Walk, sailing, and some of the freshest seafood New England has to offer.

7.) Burlington, Vermont

 

Located on the coast of Lake Champlain, Burlington boasts an abundance of art, farm-to-table restaurants, and breweries as well as a vibrant live jazz scene.

6.) Portland, Maine

 

What will you find in Portland, Maine? Free concerts, art walks, beer and lobster festivals are on the to-do list for starters.

5.) Albuquerque, New Mexico

 

Ride balloons above the desert, get cultured at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, or put all your money on black at one of the many casinos in Albuquerque.

4.) Delray Beach, Florida

 

Located on the Intercostal is the allure of a small town met with the vibrancy of Miami. With beautiful beaches, golf courses, and an endless array of water sports and nightlife, you’ll never want to leave Delray.

3.) San Diego, California 

 

Largely overshadowed by Los Angeles and San Francisco, this SoCal city is a gem on the west coast where you can lounge in La Jolla, bar crawl through the Gaslamp Quarter or bring your pup to an outdoor patio in Pacific Beach.

2.) Glacier National Park, Montana

 

With awe-inspiring trails along Montana’s Rocky Mountains and the Canadian border, Glacier National Park is home to 400 ft. waterfalls, crystal clear rivers, lush meadows and rocky peaks. No wonder it’s nicknamed the “Crown of the Continent.”

1.) Wilmington, North Carolina

 

If you can picture waterfront concerts at the Downtown Sundown Concert Series, historic sites like the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, plenty of bars & restaurants including  Orton’s Music and Billiards  (America’s oldest pool room since 1888), waterparks and the historic Arlie Gardens then you know that this seaside city is a hub that combines history, nature, art, and nightlife with modern amenities and old world southern charm.

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