Let’s face it – some U.S. cities get all the hype and are known as a traveler’s dream.
But if you’re looking for the ultimate vacation – before you book a trip to one of America’s most popular destinations – consider a trip to one of these underrated hidden gems.
Whether you want to stroll through old civil war battle fields or play in the great outdoors all day before popping a cold one and sitting in the hot springs at night – these incredible places are a must add to your bucket list.
Located in western Montana, Missoula is a must visit for outdoor lovers or those who want to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.
As the second largest city in Montana, Missoula has the perfect balance between giving travelers the chance to embrace the great outdoors without sacrificing the convenience of restaurants, shopping, and even distilleries.
Adventure seekers can spend their days hiking or trout fishing surrounded by breathtaking landscape.
And after a long day of playing outside, travelers can relax and unwind in natural hot springs, or grab a slice of pizza and drinks while they overlook the Clark Fork River.
Truly a hidden gem – Missoula may not get a lot of attention – but it is definitely worth the visit!
If you are a history buff – you could spend weeks exploring Fredericksburg and its surrounding cities and still not see it all.
Downtown Fredericksburg is a mix of tradition with a modern twist.
You’ll still be able to see the bright-colored houses and tour old battle fields…
… while being able to grab a swanky drink and burger at one of the many popular restaurants in downtown.
The people in Fredericksburg are down to earth and friendly – and they will be more than happy to show you all the fun places in this historic town.
Cleveland is often the punch line in many jokes – after all the Cuyahoga River actually did catch on fire…
… multiple times.
And while the once vibrant manufacturing town has suffered multiple economic blows – the spirit of Cleveland is one of resilience – and it always bounces back.
If you are music buff – you can visit The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and enjoy reminiscing about your favorite musicians and the hits that touched your soul.
For an authentic cultural experience, head over to Little Italy for a slice of pizza, or to one of the many Irish pubs for a cold beer and live Irish music.
You can shop at Western Market and pick out authentic gifts so you don’t bring back cheesy souvenirs nobody else wants.
But the best part of Cleveland are the people – you won’t find any Eastern snobs there!
If you are looking to make the most out of your next trip – consider checking one of these hidden gems.
Not only are they more affordable, but the people are down to earth and friendly – something you won’t find in popular places like New York City or Washington D.C.
But wherever you go – don’t forget to venture off the beaten path and explore things you wouldn’t normally try.
It’s good for your mind – and your soul.
(h/t Proud American Traveler)