Here, Not There: 5 Under-The-Radar North American Destinations

Saturday, June 16, 2018

When people take a trip to or within North America, it’s usually to one of several areas or cities in the United States. People can get lost in New York, explore the natural beauty of the west, or spend their days swanning around Florida, LA, or Chicago. While these are undoubtedly great places to explore, there’s much more to be enjoyed on the continent of North America. Below, we take a look at a few of those slightly under the radar destinations that are just as good as the big players, and which typically have fewer tourists, too.

Hitting the Beach

If you want to spend a week on the beach, then most people start looking at flights to Florida or Hawaii. And yes, these places are beautiful, but they can also be swarming with people. You might be surprised to learn that some of the best beaches in America are actually located on the southern tip of Alabama. Don’t believe us? Head down there - you will be amazed at what you find. Not that the coast has to be solely relaxing. Take a trip to the Oregon coast, and you’ll have a dramatic landscape that inspires and delights at every turn.

Upper Michigan

Northern Michigan can, admittedly, seem a little out of the way, but it’s worth the journey. For starters, the drive can be beautiful. When you make it to the north, you’ll have plenty of fun things to keep you occupied. There’s Traverse City, which might just be the most underrated city in the states, especially during summer, when it’s abuzz with events and festivals. And there’s Mackinac Island, a horse-drawn island that still feels like it belongs sometime in the 1800’s. And then there’s the whole matter of the Upper Peninsula, which is home to many a beautiful camping spot. 

Into Amish Country

You can be in the buzz and excitement of Philadelphia in the morning, and then, 1.5 hours later, be enjoying life in the picturesque tranquillity of the Amish Country. Take a trip to Intercourse, PA, and you’ll be able to explore a simpler version of American life. Spend some time discovering the buildings, rolling hills, and way of life, and you’ll have a new appreciation for just how diverse destinations in America can be. 

Vancouver and Beyond

Most of this article has focused on America, but North America also includes Mexico and Canada! And it’s the latter that has one of the most beautiful and exciting regions of the continent. Vancouver is a bit like New York, Portland, and Boulder all rolled into one. You have culture and activities taking place downtown. Then you can hit the beach, or jump in your car and head to the mountains of nearby Whistler. Perfect!

The Southwest

There’s nowhere quite like the southwest. Places like Santa Fe and the surrounding region have their own culture, pace of life, architecture, and so much more. Most definitely worth checking on, especially if you’re going on a road trip out west. 

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