There are many cities in the United States that go overlooked, likely due to the sheer size of the U.S. and the more popular tourist destinations that are speckled around the 50 states. I have visited many states and found that there are many overlooked cities that could actually be very popular points of interest if people gave these cities more than a passing glance. Here is a breakdown of six cities I have found that have a lot to offer and yet are often overlooked.
Grand Rapids, MI
I went through Grand Rapids on a trip to Chicago; passing through the city I realized how much it had to offer. Only a short drive to beautiful Lake Michigan, this city is home to many attractions, such as the good downtown bars, Frederick Meijer Gardens and a Sculpture Park. My personal favorite was the Frederick Meijer Gardens and the Sculpture Park. I went with my fiancé and had a lovely time. Inside, you can move through different areas to see the different types of native plants and, with the weather permitting, you can enjoy a nice walk through the Sculpture Park. There are a lot of fantastic looking buildings and beautiful views throughout the city and there is a wide variety of hotels to stay at should you wish to visit this highly underestimated city. Personally, I recommend Country Inn & Suites; I stayed here and found it very clean and hospitable.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
I was visiting Florida with my family when we came across this city. It is a very spectacular place with the lovely beaches alongside the sparkling sea. In my opinion, this beach quite easily rivals Miami Beach with the perfect scattering of sand that leads down the shoreline. We stayed the night in one of the hotels in the area called Ritz-Carlton this hotel was wonderful and served the best food; to top it off, the hotel had a great pool to chill in during the day. There are other hotels in the area, such as the Whotel, which are just as nice for a comfortable stay. While we were in the area, we checked out the huge array of stores and ended our night with a culinary feast. This place is very hospitable and definitely one of the most underrated cities in my opinion.
I originally visited Pittsburgh to see the steel works which is what the place is widely known for. Upon arriving in the city and checking out the sites, I soon came to realize that this place was much more than it first seemed. There were many parks, architectural assets and, the most memorable feature for me, the Golden Triangle which is where three rivers flow into downtown Pittsburgh. There are a lot of different attractions in Pittsburgh, these mainly being museums. The main museum that I visited was the Andy Warhol Museum which features over 12,000 articles of his work. There are other museums like the Carnegie Museum of Art; although I didn’t visit this museum, I have heard a great deal of good about it. Night life is also a huge thing in Pittsburgh as there are many night clubs which are typically filled. When looking for hotels to stay at, I personally recommend the Fairmont Hotel; this establishment is very clean and the people are very kind.
My family and I visited Providence to witness the WaterFire event made up of 100 bonfires along the three rivers in the city. The experience was definitely a great one and this experience alone added Providence to my list of overlooked cities. After the event, there was still so much to do for all of my family to enjoy; we went on waterside walkways, explored their huge shopping district, and enjoyed the New England history and the Museum of Art-Rhode Island School of Design. This was a very fulfilling trip and I recommend visiting sometime between June and October. There are a number of hotels dotted around the city and one that I recommend is the Marriot, they were extremely welcoming and friendly. This hotel works really well at the center of all the attractions and works as a great base to return to while not being too far away.
Baltimore is a greatly underrated city in my opinion and having relatives to visit there gives a great excuse to go and visit this wonderful city. The inner harbor is very spectacular, seeing people at work and watching all the boats is a nice treat. As with Providence, there are also museums and history dating back 300 years. Along the waterfront, there are many restaurants which have their doors open to tourists. Here my family and I spent many a time having meals and eating the food we most enjoy. Baltimore is the most spectacular waterfront city that I have ever visited and I definitely recommend this to you. There are many hotels on the waterfront; there is the Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco in the upscale neighborhood of Mount Vernon and, alongside the first large-scale Washington monument, there is the 29 room boutique Hotel Brexton. This visit is definitely worth the time as the attractions are most enjoyable and especially if you enjoy waterfront views.
Buffalo is a city many of us have heard of but likely never visited and is typically known for its snow and chicken wings. However, there is a lot more than meets the eye as I later found out. As I walked around the city of Buffalo, I found many exciting attractions, such as the architectural treasures in the “City of Good Neighbors”, the Albright Knox Art Gallery, Shea’s Buffalo Theater, and one of the best indie music scenes in the country to fulfill my love for that genre. Any season is a great time to visit Buffalo; it merely depends on what you prefer. During the autumn, people can go leaf peeping and walk the Olmstead parks. During the winter, there are excellent activities such as ice skating downtown and outdoor hockey events. It’s great to visit in the summer with the temperature and being able to enjoy the lake and the festivals all around town. The spring offers the lovely views as the trees and plants bloom all around. There are a series of hotels in Buffalo to stay in if you are visiting for a day or two; I stayed at the Buffalo Marriot Niagara and had an enjoyable stay.
Thank you for reading this article, I hope you have found it insightful and perhaps you will give one of these underrated cities in the states a visit if you are passing by.