10 Hidden Gem Destinations in the United States

September 12, 2013 | Author: | Posted in Affordable Travel

The United States is the most diverse country in the world. It is accurately referred to as the planet’s biggest ‘melting pot,’ bringing together thousands of different culture and mixing them to create a one big nation. When it comes to visiting the United States, there is a lot to see and do. While there are many popularly known tourist attractions in the states, there are also many hidden gems tucked away from the beaten tourist path.

Route 66
Route 66“Caveman Chuck” Coker / Foter / CC BY-ND

Here are ten of the most surprising tourist attractions in the United States.

Route 66

At one time it was the most popular road in the country, stretching from Los Angeles, California to Chicago, Illinois. It took travelers across their homeland on one long road, passing through many states and interesting hotels, diners and roadside vendors. It even has its own theme song. The history of this road is as rich in diversity as the many people who traveled it. These days, Route 66 is no longer an official highway, although, in bits and pieces, it is a historical route. You can drive along the old highway and stop at vintage hotels, like teepees, and eat at old-fashioned diners along the road. There are even museums along the way.

Wauchula, Florida

Florida is famous for its many amusement parks like Universal Studios and the massive Disneyworld resort.

It’s also famous for its swamplands and the NASA space center. However, what many visitors don’t know is that Florida is full of quaint little cities and beautiful farmland. Wauchula, Florida, is a town of barely 5,000 people, but its character is lovely. There are parades, local restaurants, beautiful orange groves and the Cracker Trail Museum.

Shasta, California

California is the Golden State, and while there are numerous stunning places to visit here, the quaint town of Shasta will amaze you. From the view of the gorgeous snowy mountain top of Mount Shasta itself to the lush vegetation of the mountainous Strawberry Valley, there is plenty to do. Visit the headwaters of the American River, explore the small mountain town and lodge at a vintage bed and breakfast. It is definitely worth the visit.

The Library of Congress

The oldest and biggest library in the world, it is often passed over in favor of visiting the White House or Lincoln’s Memorial. It is, however, perhaps one of the best places to visit to view firsthand America’s heritage. It is a beautiful building and is full of some of the most important documents of American history.

Aerial Tramway, Palm Springs, California

Sky rides might be for those who can stomach heights, but the Aerial Tramway in Palm Springs is one of the highest and oldest. It was built in 1963 to take people from the bottom of Coachella Valley to the top of San Jacinto Peak and still runs to this day.

Mount Washington, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

This is a lovely neighborhood in the southern half of the town of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is famous for the steep hill that overlooks the Pittsburgh skyline. It was voted the second most beautiful skyline in America by USA Weekend. The Duqeusne and Mononongahela Inclines are two of the oldest continuous inclines in the world.

Niagara Falls, United States and Canada

Canadian travel is easy when reaching this natural wonder. The Horseshoe Falls – or the Canadian half of the roaring water spectacular – is beautiful. The tons of water that crash over the falls every day is something that you don’t want to miss. It’s even more enjoyable if you select an affordable hotel with a view of the roiling waters.

Waimea Canyon, Kauai, Hawaii

Hawaii is truly an emerald in the United States’ crown. The Waimea Canyon, however, is simply gorgeous. The canyon is ten miles long and 3,000 feet deep. It is also among the wettest places on planet earth.

Clingmans Dome, Smoky Mountain Range, Tennessee

Clingmans Dome is a mountain in the Smoky Mountains, and is the highest point in the state of Tennessee. There’s an observation tower built here for locals and travelers alike..

Mesa Verde Cliff Dwellings, Colorado

This beautiful archeological discovery will thrill you. Make sure you bring your camera!


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