Planning a perfect American holiday with your loved ones can prove to be a thrilling and a nerve-racking experience at the same time.
Looking for a destination worth visiting, booking the air tickets and the accommodation, packing the essentials, calling your credit card company, and inquiring about airport parking and security policies can give you serious pre-travel jitters, making you feel nervous about your vacation.
In fact, choosing the perfect holiday destination in the U.S. can be quite a challenge as the country is home to a wide array of scenic tropical islands, national parks, forests, and quiet beaches. Moreover, merely visiting the most celebrated cities, namely New York, Washington, Los Angeles, and Chicago will keep you from exploring the tons of secluded tourist destinations that deserve attention and are totally worth the trip.
If you are looking for unpretentious places to embrace a slower pace and unplug from the world, here are six under-the-radar travel destinations in the United States that you must include in your vacation planner.
Glacier National Park encompasses over 1583 sq. miles of wilderness in Montana’s Rocky Mountains and is the headwaters for streams that flow into the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Hudson’s Bay. This national park is a perfect place for an adventurous vacation, tempting you to explore its eye-catching glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, and alpine meadows.
Glacier National Park Florida Photo
With its glacier-carved peaks and forest-filled valleys running towards the Canadian border, this national park offers over 700 miles of hiking trails for avid hikers, backpackers, and campers.
Lake McDonald is the largest lake in this park offering water activities, namely stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, you will enjoy catching a glimpse of wild animals, namely the spotted deer, the marmots, the bears the mountain goats, and the big horned sheep.
Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve features the most magnificent dunes in the world, offering spectacular views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain ranges. The Summit Star Dune at 755 feet is the tallest sand dune in North America surrounded by alpine peaks, desert valleys, and shifting mountains of sand.
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado
Hiking, stargazing, fat-bike riding, and sand boarding are a few activities that can help you explore this enormous national park and make the most of your visit. The park is also home to Colorado’s secret beach, Medano Creek and the Zapata Falls where you can take a break and cool off from the sun’s heat.
Door County is often referred to as the ‘Cape Cod of the Midwest’ owing to its endless shoreline, hidden coves, and picturesque sunsets, offering it a mellow charm. This county is situated at the northern tip of the Wisconsin peninsula between the waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan.
Door County, Wisconsin
The 70-mile Door Peninsula seems almost frozen in time with its rustic beauty, pine woods, harbors, and historic lighthouses. Door County is home to nearly 53 picnic beaches where you can soak up the sun or indulge in activities such as angling, hiking, camping, shipwreck diving, kayaking, or stand-up paddle boarding. The engaging tours organized by the Door County Trolley, namely Lighthouse Tour, Ghost Tour, Culinary Tour, and the Spring Blossom Tour help visitors explore the region while making fun memories with their family and friends.
If you are looking for an eclectic mix of southern charm and hospitality, entertainment, and the best slow-cooked-and-slathered meats, Kansas City must be on your travel list.
Kansas City, Missouri
This American city offers something for every traveler! Smoke-meat lovers can embark on a culinary adventure, enjoying everything from world-class slow-cooked beef brisket to ribs and pork shoulder.
History buffs can visit the countless museums and historic parks, to take a walk down the history lane. The Lewis & Clark Historic Park at Kaw Point is highly recommended as this 6-acre park is an important historical landmark, offering an excellent view of the Kansas City. Music lovers too will love this city for its jazz heritage.
If your heart is thumping for action visit the Suicide Hill (57th and Brookside) for sledding and the Kansas Speedway for NASCAR racing events. You can spend a fun-filled family vacation exploring the culture, the history, the architecture, and food of this attractive city situated in the U.S. state of Missouri.
La Push is one of the most secluded tourist destinations in the United States that is situated at the mouth of the Quillayute River. This rugged yet eye-catching coastline along the Pacific Ocean has stunningly tranquil beaches, azure skies, dramatic sunsets, and turquoise waters, making it an ideal destination to relax and unwind.
The hospitable Quileute Indian tribe inhabiting this remote beach for over thousands of years have transformed this region into a relaxing getaway for their visitors.
If you enjoy surfing, kayaking, and watching whales, seals, eagles, and shorebirds, La Push is the place for you!
The stunning beaches on the Gulf Coast beckon globetrotters with promises of tranquility, pristine seascapes, and ample bird watching. This is especially true for the secluded beaches of Florida and Alabama.
Florida Panhandle boasts of a heavenly stretch of beaches, such as Panama City Beach, Destin, Miramar Beach, Fort Walton Beach, and Pensacola. The proximity of these beaches to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach (Alabama) makes it easy for holidaymakers to enjoy nearly 32 miles of pristine seacoast. Other tourist attractions, namely the Gulf State Park, the Dauphin Island, and the Gulf Shores Public Beach are perfect for spending quality time with your family.
The Gulf Coast of Alabama and Florida
When it comes to planning a vacation in the United States, we often tend to limit ourselves to the most famous tourist destinations and the major cities. Use the above-mentioned recommendations to explore the most underrated and lesser-known travel destinations of America, enabling you to appreciate the beauty and diversity of this vast nation.
Mattie Elsner is a passionate globetrotter and travel writer by profession. When she isn’t on site at exotic locations you can find her blogging for sites like About Airport Parking - a leading reservation network and directory for travelers. Learn more about travel and join the fun. Follow her on Twitter - @MattieElsner.
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