BY: Maria Valencia
Visiting underrated places can be an incredibly rewarding and enriching experience. These underrated gems often offer a sense of authenticity, unspoiled beauty, and the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture without the crowds of popular tourist destinations. Exploring underrated places allows for unique discoveries, unexpected encounters, and a deeper connection with the destination.
It provides an opportunity to support local communities and businesses, promote sustainable tourism, and help preserve lesser-known destinations. By venturing off the beaten path, travelers can create unforgettable memories, broaden their perspectives, and satisfy their curiosity about new and unexplored destinations.
8. Austin, Texas
Austin, the live music capital of the world, offers not only a distinctive dining scene, but also arts and culture in each of its entertainment areas. If you are not in the mood for a buzzing atmosphere, the city borders the 14,000-square-mile Texas Hill Country with two dozen wineries and historic towns. However, a long weekend may not be enough to fully enjoy Austin, Texas.
7. Hilton Head, South Carolina
Each year, Hilton Head is ranked on the prestigious list of the best islands in the United States by readers of Travel+Leisure magazine. This accomplishment speaks volumes for an island that measures just 12 miles in length and five miles in width. However, when you consider the wealth of attractions and activities Hilton Head offers, its inclusion on the list is not surprising. This begs the question: Why is not Hilton Head more celebrated as a vacation destination? The answer remains uncertain, but it is precisely because it remains relatively low-key that it possesses the allure of a hidden gem.
6. Scottsdale, Arizona
Old Town Scottsdale, which is home to hundreds of retail stores, restaurants, art galleries and museums, will ensure you never run out of things to do. If you want to take a spin class first thing in the morning, go to brunch and then do a little shopping, this is the place for you. If you want pure luxury and some well-deserved rest and relaxation, stay at one of the boutique hotels and visit the spa.
5. Southern Maine Coast, Maine
Vacation parties, cocktail cruises, colorful flowers, quaint towns with stores and restaurants, beaches and lobsters. Maine’s southern coast has it all, and it’s especially active in the height of summer in July and August. The weather is the most beautiful feature of summer vacation spots in the Northeast. Every part of the summer wardrobe is worn frequently, as the days are always warm and the nights cold.
4. Clearwater, Florida
You’re in for a treat if you’ve never visited Florida’s beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. While there are several summer vacation spots along the Gulf, Clearwater is one of the best. Although it has the same white sand beaches and turquoise waters as the other resorts, it is less well-known than Siesta Key and Panama City, so you can enjoy it without the crowds.
3. Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada
If all you know of Lake Tahoe is its ski resorts, you may be shocked to learn that it is also popular in the summer for its beaches and outdoor activities. Although it is divided into North Lake Tahoe and South Lake Tahoe due to the size of the freshwater lake, both ends offer views of the surrounding mountains and beaches. This is the place to be if you prefer recreational activities like hiking, horseback riding and camping to upscale brunch joints and shopping.
2. The Outer Banks, North Carolina
You will not find urban hustle and bustle on the Outer Banks because there are no cities there, but do not worry – there’s still plenty to do. You can choose from a variety of sports, including sailing, surfing, biking, kayaking, and golf. There are a variety of breweries, cafes, ice cream parlors, casual restaurants, and fine dining establishments if you are more of a foodie. There are resorts, vacation rentals, bed & breakfasts and cottages in the OBX.
1. Santa Catalina Island, California
If you want to experience the flair of Mykonos or Santorini without traveling all the way to Europe, Catalina Island, located just a ferry ride from Los Angeles, is undoubtedly a must. There’s something to do for virtually every type of traveler, whether you want to spend all day on the water, visit cute stores and lively happy hours, or stroll along the Pacific Ocean at dusk. It has the ideal balance of daytime and evening offerings.
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