The United States is home to many bustling cities, historic centers, attractive landscapes, and coastal destinations. It’s definitely a playground for all interests. However, many travelers flock to the same top destinations. Take a new route and switch up your next travel plans with these three locations you’ve probably overlooked.
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Don’t let this infamous ‘potato state’ fool you. There’s more than just potato production here. Like in the capital city of Boise, which rests among a vivid mountainous backdrop. It’s the perfect place for metropolis and outdoor fun.
Have a taste of some of its locally produced handcrafted beers and wines, or eat some croquetas from its Basque community heritage. Then, explore the city’s historic Basque Museum and become familiar with the culture’s links in the American West. If you want more history, take a tour through the Old Idaho Penitentiary.
Boise is a destination to get immersed in nature. Venture off into the Boise Mountains, visiting the many parks where hikers, bikers, and ATV riders flourish. Then, cool off in the Boise River or a nearby lake. If you still have nature on your mind, interact with birds at the World Center for Birds of Prey.
Making your trip into a week-long vacation? Book a hotel nearby to easily enjoy everything Boise has to offer.
Known for its sugar-white sand and emerald-green coastline, this city in the Florida Panhandle offers variety for the beach vacationer. With over 450 years of history, Downtown Pensacola is a city walker’s paradise. Take a stroll among the French architecture into local shops, restaurants, theaters, parks, and museums. Catch a minor league baseball game in the Blue Wahoo’s bay-front stadium or a hockey game in the city’s civic center.
Hit up Pensacola beach, an award-winning coast with more to do than getting sunkissed. Take a dip in the water with activities like deep-sea fishing, parasailing, scuba diving, and paddle boarding. Rent a boat and watch the Blue Angels air show from the gulf waters in July. Don’t forget to indulge in all things seafood or have the beach’s cocktail of choice: the Bushwacker.
Known for its oak trees filled with Spanish moss and cobblestone squares, Savannah is a coastal city in Georgia filled with sights, history, and fun. Forsyth Park is its largest park, with over 30 acres of land, and reigns a fan to both locals and tourist. It’s also a festival spot for Savannah’s famous Irish festival, where everyone gathers to see the park’s fountain turn green and participate in the month-long Irish festivities.
Take a cruise along Savannah’s waterfront or enjoy a walk on river street, where you’ll find shops, dining, drinks, and galleries. Eat the best homemade southern comfort food in town, where a line forms each day just to get a seat, at Mrs. Wilkers Dining House.
Whether you’re an adventure seeker, outside hobbyist, history buff, or sunbather, these three overlooked United States destinations will suit your travel tastes.