15 Underrated Tourist Destinations In The USA

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Travelers: vote up the most underrated places to visit.

Underrated tourist destinations are all over America. Alternative tourism is not only a matter of avoiding huge crowds or trying to be rebellious, it's about discovering incredible unknown places that have yet to be found by the masses. If you promise to keep the secret, keep reading to learn about the most exciting and unknown tourist destinations for your next vacation.


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    10 VOTES

    The White Mountains

    From Redditor u/Andromeda321:

    The White Mountains of New Hampshire would definitely be a National Park if they didn’t predate the National Park system as a holiday destination. People in the northeast of the USA/Canada will know them, but outside of there most people never have (especially from farther abroad).

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    A Different Kind Of Vegas Trip

    From Redditor u/frizface:

    Vegas for nature. Easy to get cheap airline tickets and hotels. They have some great mountain bike trails in red rock national park. Great winter vacation.

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    Beautiful Idaho

    From Redditor u/acarbon:

    Idaho gets a bad rep (some of it valid, some not) but it holds some of the most beautiful places I've ever experienced!

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    5 VOTES

    A Lesser-Known California Destination

    From Redditor u/Happyxix:

    San Luis Obispo. It is in California's less popular central coast but it has Pismo beach nearby for beach and living, great breweries with Firewalker and Barrelhouse, and also great wines in Paso Robles and all over the region.

    Since it is a college town, you do have some great bars and small-town layout in the downtown area.

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    5 VOTES

    The Sacramento Area

    From Redditor u/drumwolf:

    Sacramento doesn't have a reputation for being an essential tourist destination or an exciting city in general. But there's a couple of reasons why you might consider making a stop in Sac if you're traveling through northern California and you're not on a tight schedule.

    First, nearby is the town of Davis, which is home to one of the biggest universities in the state and a very quaint, picturesque college town with lots of cafes and restaurants. Also, if you're into bicycling, there's the American River Trail which starts in Sacramento and goes for 30 miles all the way to Lake Folsom. On the way, there is the historical downtown for the city of Folsom which is worth checking out.

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    4 VOTES

    Baxter State Park

    From Redditor u/althea_93:

    Baxter State Park in Maine. It is pretty well known because it is the terminus of the AT, but many people will never travel that far north in Maine. It is stunning, and Mt Katahdin is one of the nicest spots in the Northeast.

    I am also a huge Letchworth Fan!