I always knew that I wanted to leave my crappy small town for bigger and better things. Who doesn’t want to see something other than the same old sights you grew up around, right? I wanted to experience famous destinations! It was time to decide the best places to visit in the U.S.!
For most of my teenage years, travel seemed pretty far away. Finally, I realized that it was time to get my butt in gear before it was too late. So here went the girl who hadn’t even left the tri-state area off on a grand adventure to see the country.
Of course, I wanted to see the biggest U.S destinations like the Grand Canyon, Crater Lake, etc but there was so much ground to cover between these top tourist spots. There had to be something in between…
Consequently, some of the best places to visit in the U.S are places that most people have never even heard of, much less visited. I don’t want you guys to go through hours of crawling google maps as I did! So, I have taken the liberty of compiling the top 5 underrated U.S destinations for you right here!
5) Whitaker Point, Arkansas
Whitaker point, also known as Hawksbill Crag, is potentially the most beautiful overlook in the state of Arkansas. Most natives know it by name and think of it as their favorite spot along the Buffalo River.
It is a round trip hike of about 3 miles, and you can walk right out on the crag to take in the gorgeous view below. If you’re in the area looking for something pretty or an amazing photo op, don’t pass up Whitaker Point.
4) Crystal Geyser – Green River, Utah
Next on the list would be the Crystal Geyser in Green River, Utah. We stopped here for the night on our way to somewhere else. It was pitch dark when we arrived. All I could see were the stars!
Guys, there is absolutely no light pollution out here. There were more stars than I had seen in my entire life. I didn’t think that the light could bring even more beauty, but I was wrong! The landscape was incredible!
The Chrystal Geyser is a man-made, cold water geyser. It can be unpredictable since it goes off anywhere from every hour to every 24 hours. I doubt you will find yourself with nothing to do, though. While you wait for the eruption you can camp right next to the river and take in the bright orange soil that covers the area!
Seriously though, the geyser is really interesting and the river is beautiful, but DO NOT miss the amazing night sky!
3) Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks, New Mexico
Tent Rocks is located on BLM land. It’s covered with naturally occurring domes that were created by volcanic eruptions over 6 million years ago! Tent Rocks has something for everyone! There is birdwatching, hiking, and geological observation.
Try to get there early in the day because it gets hot in the desert regardless of the season. This is especially important if you are planning to hike to the top, which I recommend. The hike has a round trip distance of 3.1 miles straight up.
This is one of the most unique landscapes I have ever encountered and it’s a great opportunity to explore how and why our planet has such diverse terrain. Just remember to bring lots of water!
2) Red Canyon State Park, Colorado
Okay, so did you know that Colorado has a desert? Because I had no clue until we arrived at Red Canyon. This place is littered with huge rock formations formed by a flowing river hundreds of thousands of years ago, and you can explore all of it!
We hiked the entire area more than twice, and each time we found something new to experience. There was a ton of wildlife, and the majority of the deer that we encountered weren’t very frightened of us.
It’s truly a great place to bring the family and relax for a weekend or explore on a day trip.
1) Crescent City, California
Crescent City is a tiny little town in northern California that borders Brookings, Oregon. This is my most favorite place on the planet. It has the small town feel (AKA almost not tourist), it has the Redwood Forest, the mountains, and the beach!
It ticks all of my boxes for the best vacation destination. We were able to spend almost a week here exploring the seafood restaurants, watching the sea lions bask in the sun, getting lost in the forest, and taking long walks on the beach.
If you are looking for a little more nightlife, head over to Brookings (about 30 minutes away) to check out the town.
The next time you find yourself planning a road trip, don’t leave these off the top 5 places to visit in the U.S.!
Another thing to mention before you head out on your wild adventure! Make sure you are covered in case of emergencies. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and that’s why it’s always a good idea to get travel insurance!
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