Choose These Underrated Travel Spots For Your USA Vacation

*Massachussetts Lake - Photo credit

This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. 

When you think of a vacation in the USA, you probably think of the Hollywood hills of Los Angeles, the well-trodden streets of New York City, the majesty of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and old big ears himself, Mickey Mouse, dazzling young and old at Disneyworld in Orlando. 

Wonderful places all, but there is more to the USA than the usual tourist spots, so if you’re planning a visit to America any time soon, perhaps you should look for those under the radar places that are definitely worth a visit. We have listed a few of them here, so after you have climbed the Empire State Building, shaken hands with Mickey and Donald (Duck, not Trump), and caught a glimpse of the Hollywood razzle-dazzle, add some of these destinations to your holiday itinerary.

Visit the state of firsts, and if you are unsure where we are talking about, then you probably haven’t been here before. We are talking about Massachusetts, one of the most underrated states in the US, and that’s surprising. Sports lovers should be interested to know this was the place where basketball and volleyball were invented. 

Foodies might like to know Dunkin’ Doughnuts originated here. And perhaps more importantly for smartphone addicts, you need to know this is the place where Alexander Graham Bell first demonstrated the telephone. 

There’s a first time for everything, so when you have finished gawking at the Statue of Liberty, jet over to this great state - check here for how to fly from New York to Massachusetts by private jet - and enjoy the incredible beach paradise of Cape Cod, engage with the history of the Boston Tea Party, visit the picture postcard villages that inspired Norman Rockwell, and spend time relaxing on the idyllic island of Martha’s Vineyard.

*Maine Fishing Village - Photo credit

Overcome your fear of Maine, as no matter how many Stephen King books you have read using this state as their location, there really aren’t any clowns hiding under drain covers, or vampires taking root in tiny towns. Still, if you are a lover of the horror author, you may want to visit some of the locations made famous in his works of fiction, and if you head over to Bangor, you may even meet the great man yourself. 

There are other reasons to visit Maine, of course. The state is an outdoor mecca, with acres of forestland to explore, unspoiled lakes to bathe in, and mountain hikes aplenty. Entwine yourself in the ebb and flow of the small fishing communities, walk through the charming streets of Portland, and if you visit in the winter, know that Maine contains premiere peaks for snowboarders and skiers. You see, no matter what Stephen King has told you, there is nothing to worry about on your visit to Maine, and despite his tales of horror, this is truly a relaxing place to be. 


Know that Utah is anything but boring. Unfairly stereotyped for having baron deserts and dull landscapes, the truth is anything but. Monument Valley’s sandstone mesas are more likely to encourage oohs and aahs than bored whispers. The Bonneville Salt Flats are perfect for artists and photographers with its dazzling white plains and magnificently coloured skies. 

There is much to explore, whether you traverse some of the longest canyons in the world, kayak along Lake Powell’s gigantic oasis, or mountain bike along Salt Lake City’s diverse paths and trails. And if you fancy a taste of Hollywood? Who needs LA, when you have one of the greatest film fests in the world, the wonderful Sundance Film Festival. Catch the brightest and best of today’s talented directors and performers with some of the best independent cinema has to offer. 

There’s all that, plus the grand heritage of Native American culture, white water rafting across the incredible riverscape, and 185 million-year-old dinosaur footprints at the dinosaur quarries in Kanab. Boring? Never use that word again, unless you actually are boring into the historically rich landscape.

*Beautiful Wisconsin - Photo credit

It’s not all cheese and dairy in Wisconsin, despite its reputation for agriculture and farming. Remove from your mind the relaxed overtones the state suggests, and think thrills and spills instead. The state has the country’s biggest waterpark, there is much scope for outdoor adventures amongst the hills, lakes, caves and mountains, and the wildlife is breathtaking to behold. 

You are guaranteed to see at least one bald eagle if you climb the peaks. And if you’re a party animal (or just a music lover), then you have to visit Summerfest, the world’s biggest music festival! And yes, Wisconsin is home to the world’s smelliest cheeses, and you can indulge in a smorgasbord of tastes at the farmers markets, but there is so much more to the state than cheese curds!

So, we hope we have whetted your appetite for those parts of America that are often overlooked by modern tourists. Let us know what you think, and if you know of any other underrated places around the US, be sure to let us know!

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