The United States is vast: 3.797 million square miles to be exact. Yet when it comes to choosing a vacation, we often limit ourselves to a tiny fraction of the country.
There are plenty of good reasons why we would want to go to Yosemite National Park in August, along with 600,000 other people, or skiing in Vail in the winter, with 1.6 million others, but for those prepared to go off the beaten track, there are a lot of lesser-known places that are well worth a visit, especially if you’re looking to ditch the crowds.
We have put together a selection of our favorite underrated travel destinations – from cities to day trips and national parks, these are all places that deserve a bit more attention.
This rustic town in Central Texas was originally settled by Germans and named after a former Prussian prince.
Today, it’s one of the state’s hidden gems, with a mix of unique 19th-century German architecture, a German market square, and a luxurious wine region in the surrounding Texas Hill County.
Tongue Point, Washington
You’ll find Tongue Point jutting out from the northern coastline of Washington State. At low tide, this a prime place to spot sea life and birds as you walk across to the outcropping.
Conveniently, there’s a campground nearby, so you can stay and explore the stunning scenery or just swing by for a quick swim.
Topsail Island, North Carolina
Topsail is a barrier island that stretches 26 miles along the coast of North Carolina. It’s managed to stay low-key despite having some of the most beautiful beaches in the area, earning it rave reviews on TripAdvisor.
If you want to avoid the normal hustle and bustle of other seaside beaches in summer, this is the place to visit. The average cost to rent a house for four people is $276 a night on Airbnb.