25 Amazing Off the Beaten Path Travel Destinations in the United States

The United States is a big country that has plenty of tourists destinations to offer such as the Grand Canyon, Hollywood, and Yellowstone National Park. But there are also several off-the-beaten-path destinations that you can explore if you are tired of the usual tourist spots. That’s why we have selected the 25 hidden and amazing destination across the United States for you to explore and experience a place you’ve never been to or even heard of.


This city is often ignored because of New York and L.A but Chicago has a lot to offer and it is a great place to explore during the summer. You can experience all the amenities of a large city while enjoying the beaches on Lake Michigan. You can also check out some of the world-class museums such as the Field Museum and The Art Institute.

2.Kansas City, Missouri

This city is big enough to be exciting but at the same time, it is small enough to feel like you’re at home. Kansas City is home to delicious barbecue, great music, and sports events. If you’re into arts then we suggest Kansas City for you because they love to celebrate arts in the Crossroads and antique lovers would surely love to take a look at the West Bottoms.

3.The Ozarks, Arkansas

Located across southwestern Missouri and northern Arkansas, the Ozarks offers a lot of outdoor adventure for you such as camping, fishing, hiking, and kayaking. You can explore Table Rock Lake and Buffalo River for some fun in the sun. And while you’re there, you can also check out the beautiful and old-fashioned town of Eureka Spring, Arkansas and it will make you feel like you traveled back in time.

4.Door County, Wisconsin

The gorgeous coastline that Door County has to offer features 10 picturesque lighthouses that will take your Instagram photo game to the next level. If you get tired and hungry after all the sightseeing, we suggest you have a taste of their famous fish boil, which is a crab boil but it has fish from Lake Michigan, and have a tour of their microbreweries and wineries.

5.Assateague Island, Virginia, and Maryland

Assateague Island is a barrier island that is located off the coast of Maryland and Virginia. Here you can see part of the Assateague Island National Seashore which is an untouched beach. There are no tourist shops or boardwalk here and you can hardly see any buildings on the beach. It’s just the beach. We suggest that you stay on Chincoteague Island if you plan to visit here.

6.La Push, Washington

This is one of the most beautiful and secluded vacation destinations that you will find. Aside from being located on the very corner of the Pacific Northwest, La Push can be warm during the summer months so you can have the pleasure of renting an affordable cabin right off the beautiful beach and enjoy some fun in the sun while you’re at it. You can also build fire on the beach while you’re enjoying the relaxing sound of waves crashing. If you want to have a nice relaxing escape but you have a limited budget, then La Push is the place for you.

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7.The Northeast Kingdom, Vermont

This place is breathtakingly beautiful, especially in the summer. You can do several activities here such as fishing, hiking, or cycling while enjoying the stunning view of the great outdoors. It is the perfect family vacation destination

8.Breckenridge, Colorado

Although this is a popular spot during winter, Breckenridge is an awesome summer destination too. This town has a lot of little cafés and shops that you could visit for relaxation and there are a lot of activities on the mountain such as an alpine slide and biking. But if you’re a little adventurous, you can try to take a hike on one of the many “14ers” and you’ll get to see some incredible and stunning views

9.San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio has a rich Mexican influence and if you want to learn about it more, we suggest you visit the Alamo for a quick history lesson. This town is a perfect place to have a vacation, you can take a stroll to the River Walk that is filled with shops, restaurants, and bars.

10. Gulf Shores, Alabama

If you’re tired of the crowded beaches of Florida, then theGulf Shores is theperfect place for you. On top of the beautiful beaches and beautiful sceneries, you can also taste the best seafood you’ve eaten here in Gulf Shores.

11.Duluth, Minnesota

After Duluth experienced a decline in its population, the city decided to go on a major reboot and establish itself as your next great summer getaway. When you’re here, be sure to check out the converted warehouses which are now home to great hotels, shops, and restaurants.

12.The Apostle Islands, Wisconsin

According to the National Park Service, the Apostle Island is home to 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland that has a unique blend of natural and cultural resources. Here you can explore and see the lighthouses that shine over Lake Superior and its new wilderness areas. You can also enjoy outdoor activities such as paddling, hiking, sailing, and cruising to fully experience the jewels of Lake Superior.

13. Falmouth, Massachusetts

This old-fashioned New England town has a lot to offer such as beautiful beaches and harbors that gets even more stunning at sunset. You’ll be surprised that there’s a lot to do in this peaceful and quiet place such as swimming, surfing, paddle-boarding, sailing, and kitesurfing by the beautiful beaches. Falmouth is also home to several historical sights such as the house of Katharine Lee Bates, the one who wrote “America the Beautiful”, and the world’s first aquarium is just nearby.

14. Asheville, North Carolina

In the city that has an awesome mix of Southern hippie creativeness and charm, you’ll find that there’s a ton of things to do here such as exploring the beautiful mountains, trails, and swimming holes. You can also go downtown that is filled with lots of amazing food, shops, and musicians.


With New York to the North and D.C to the South, travelers, and vacationers often take for granted Philly. This city offers several historic places for you to explore such as the Independence Hall and the First Bank of the United States. While you’re here you can also try their world famous cheesesteaks.

16.Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

If you want to visit a place where there are great outlet shopping and a beach with great temperatures, then Rehoboth Beach is the right vacation spot for you. Better get those swimsuits and wallets ready for extreme fun at the beach and of course, shopping.

17.Southern Maine

Not only does this place have the most beautiful, quiet, peaceful, and well-maintained beaches, Southern Main also has several coastal towns that are filled with restaurant and shops that is surely worth the visit. You can head on down to Kennebunkport and Portland if you want some more off the beaten path and if you like have a fresh lobster dinner, this place is the right one for you.

18.The Outer Banks, North Carolina

This place is uncrowded, underrated, and most of all gorgeous. The Outer Banks offers some of the best beaches in the United States and we assure you that you will fall in love with their small towns. You can also see the spectacular lighthouses that will be perfect for your next Instagram worthy photo.

19.Augustine, Florida

This is the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the United States and St. Augustine offers a lot of beautiful architecture, great weather, and diverse culture. You can go explore its white sand beaches and historical landmarks such as the Castillo de San Marcos. St. Augustine is a summertime paradise that everyone can enjoy.

20.Glacier National Park, Montana

Also known as “America’s Switzerland”, Glacier National Park is home to one of the most stunning mountains, lakes, and meadows you’ll ever see in your lifetime. Here you can enjoy more than 700 miles of trails in the Glacier and take in the beautiful scenery while you’re aboard the Red Jammer buses or wooden tour boats. Be sure that you will experience the historic lodges and chalets if you visit this park

21.Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan

Here, you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the stratified sandstone cliffs by sea kayaking along the lakeshore and while you’re at it you can also take in the view by passing through rock arches and exploring sea caves that have been carved out by the water. If you don’t like exploring it by water, you can also grab your backpack and hike above the mountains to take in the views from above.

22.Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska

If you want to explore the untouched wilderness on your vacation then you should head on down to Denali National Park and Preserve. This place has over six million acres of wild land that is bisected by one ribbon of road where small and large animals can roam on the unfenced lands.

23.Mackinac Island, Michigan

Due to a local ordinance, Mackinac Island is the place where you will not see any cars because it is not allowed. Here you can relax and enjoy the peaceful beach and lakes and we can assure you that you will return home perfectly rejuvenated.

24.Sedona, Arizona

Arizona is known for the Grand Canyon, but here in Sedona you will find a scenery just as gorgeous when you see the beautiful red sandstone rock formations that surround the place. Sedona also offers great mountain climbing, hiking, and biking activities. If you want an escape from the summer heat, then Sedona is the right place for you.

25.Santa Barbara, California

Foods that are to-die-for, beaches that go on for miles plus you don’t have to deal with as many people like San Diego or L.A? Then you should head on down to Santa Barbara and enjoy a nice and peaceful getaway.

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