Sure, we all know about New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Seattle. But when it comes to the vast land that is America, that’s just the tip-of-the-iceberg. There’s nearly unlimited things to do and places to see in America, and we’ve listed a few here for your next out-of-the-box vacation!
Underrated Cities Across America
No, not that Portland. Portland, Maine, set atop beautiful Casco Bay, offers a seaside experience like little else in the Continental US. Get a taste of the sea with abundant fishing wharves, and even restaurants built in the likenesses of old warehouses. Hit up the Western Promenade, an incredible park 18 acres wide that’s officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places. If you want a break from the hustle-and-bustle, head there and just disconnect for a while!
On the crest of Lake Champlain, Burlington has a little bit of everything. Church Street Marketplace, for example, is four blocks of true Vermont shopping and eating, all outdoor, along truly wonderful and serene walking paths. After you get your fill of food and shopping, head to the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum, a house-museum originally built by Ethan Allen, a Revolutionary War Hero. Even more history and culture can be sought out at the nearby Shelburne Museum, just outside of Burligton. Over 150,000 artworks are spread across nearly forty buildings for your viewing pleasure. That’s right – 45 acres of art. I’d recommend bringing some good-quality walking shoes.
San Antonio, Texas
It’s easy to get overshadowed in Texas — after all, everything is bigger there, right? Dallas, Houston, and Austin are probably what comes to mind first when you think of Texas. But San Antonio is quite the attraction in itself. It’s the home of the Alamo, a now-museum paying homage to Texans’ fight for independence from Mexico in the mid 1800s. After you get your fill of history, walk along the serene San Antonio River, an iconic body of water that eventually extends into the Guadalupe River. When you’re done with that, throw a rock and you’ll hit any number of finger-licking authentic BBQ joints. What a day!
Sure – hit the big cities. But after that, make some time for the salt-of-the-earth that encompasses so much of what we call America. Whether it be hitting up the Alamo in San Antonio or strolling along Church Street Marketplace in the cool Vermont weather, there’s nothing better than exploring the nooks and crannies of the US.