Think the best places to visit are the big cities like New York, Dallas or Los Angeles? Think again! Sometimes the forgotten hot spots, the overlooked places are true treasures to explore. Instead of fighting the crowds and paying exorbitant prices for the most popular attractions, opt for one of these forgotten hot spots.
Mobile, the home of the original Mardi Gras celebration (in the U.S.), loves to party but family-style. This city keeps everything family focused. Besides the Exploreum, the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and the USS Alabama, this overlooked city has one of the finest gardens you have ever seen. Visit Bellingrath Gardens and Home and be sure and take the boat ride.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Everyone talks about New Orleans but Baton Rouge has so much great culture to offer. This capital city is loaded with historic sites. From the exquisitely restored Old Louisiana State Capitol building to a plethora of area museums devoted to steam locomotives, early village life and African-American art. Visit communities like St. Francisville and New Roads-both well known for gracious living that reflect French Creole influences. Did we mention it is the home of Louisiana State University?
The Navy’s Blue Angels call Pensacola home. Lots of people flock to Lauderdale, Destin and points south but you don’t have to drive that far for exquisite beaches. Enjoy landmark restaurants like Flounder’s on the beach!
Dallas doesn’t have it all. Historically important Houston also hosts a top-notch orchestra, opera, and ballet companies, theaters, museums, and of course, the NASA Space Center. Like to shop? From outlet malls to a variety of restaurants, Houston is the place to be.
Besides the Kentucky Derby, Louisville is home to the Kentucky Center for the Arts. Recently, this city has become a foodie destination. You won’t believe the variety of restaurants you’ll find. Visit the Louisville Slugger Museum, and take a river cruise aboard the Belle of Louisville.
Providence, Rhode Island
Gondola’s aren’t just for Venice-visit Providence, Rhode Island. What’s more interesting is the WaterFires events. These are evening fire sculptures that burn to music. Stop by the new Chace Center it is located at the Museum of Art-Rhode Island School of Design.
Put these popular cities on your must-see list!