When people think of travel destinations in the United States, I often think of lively places like Miami, New York and Las Vegas.
But as many of us have learned, this vast country contains a plethora of amazing cities and towns that are worth exploring. Scenic excursions, cultural activities, historical sites, and amazing food abound in many unknown places in America.
And while international destinations have been opening their borders to American visitors, domestic travel remains the preferred option for most people at this stage of the pandemic. (Of course, all travelers must consider the local spread of COVID-19 when choosing a vacation spot and take all necessary health and safety precautions.)
With that in mind, we’ve put together 5 overlooked cities to keep in mind for your next vacation in the United States.
Greenville, South Carolina
Greenville, located in the northwest region of South Carolina, has a thriving beer and restaurant sector. At the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the lush city is also a nature lover’s heaven, with plenty of hiking and biking options. And with stunning places like Falls Park on the Reedy, you don’t have to venture far from the walkable downtown area to get a flavor of the countryside.
The most well-known Tennessee city is Nashville, but don’t overlook Memphis: “Bluff City” is home to Elvis Presley’s Graceland, the National Civil Rights Museum, and the famous Beale Street. For a truly unique experience, enjoy Memphis-style BBQ and watch the Peabody Hotel’s famed “duck march.”
“30 Rock’s” Cleveland episode may have been on to something. The city has stunning street art, famous Polish food, and plenty of professional sports entertainment, in addition to attractions like the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Cleveland Art Museum. Fans of “A Christmas Story” can also visit Ralphie’s house, which has been reconstructed to look exactly like it did in the movie and is now a museum.
Tarpon Springs, Florida
Tarpon Springs is one of Florida’s most gorgeous and interesting places, but it may be unfamiliar to visitors. This Gulf Coast town, just north of Tampa, has the largest number of Greek Americans of any U.S. city — and thus some fantastic Greek eateries. Visit the well-known sponge docks, as well as the nearby beaches and businesses.
The pandemic has boosted the attractiveness of excursions to national parks like Yellowstone and Grand Teton, according to our Social feeds. However, don’t forget to visit other places of Wyoming, such as Cody. The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is a five-museum complex, and Old Trail Town gives tourists a taste of 19th-century frontier settlements.