Next time you are planning a trip somewhere in the United States, consider skipping New York or San Francisco and going to one of these underrated cities for a unique experience instead. Use your favorite travel site to find the best deals on travel and accommodations for one of these great cities.
This Pacific Northwest city is an example of a big city that doesn’t act like a big city. The unofficial slogan is “keep Portland weird,” making it a great destination for those who want something a bit different from the typical city experience. Beer, coffee, and outdoor lovers will have a great time here as there are numerous craft breweries (more than any city in the world according to Travel Portland) and non-chain coffee shops with enough outdoor activities to keep you plenty busy during your stay. You will find a several attractions such as several museums, a zoo, and a growing food scene highlighted by the food cart movement. Being in the Pacific Northwest, Portland is susceptible to a good amount of rain so the best time to visit will be in the summer months when it’s sunny and the city hosts numerous festivals. Learn more about Portland here.
Baltimore played an important role in American history and has several attractions to keep both the traveler and history buff satisfied. The city was once home to Edgar Allen Poe, as well as Frances Scott Key when he wrote the star spangled banner. In fact, you can even visit the Westminster Hall and Burial Grounds where Poe and Key’s son are buried. Here you can catch up on American history at one of numerous museums, maybe catch a Major League baseball game , or even take a water taxi . The best time to plan your trip to Baltimore is in the spring as you will miss the intense heat of summer allowing you to enjoy mild and sunny weather, perhaps while watching one of many outdoor concerts the city has to offer at that time of year. Find more information about traveling in Baltimore, click here.
Alaska’s physical disconnect from the the rest of the United States in no way means it should be an overlooked travel destination. No matter the time of year, Alaska is one of the most beautiful places to visit, but if you want to avoid extreme weather, your best bet is in the first half of summer before it gets rainy. Anchorage is home to around 40 percent of Alaska’s residents, one reason being the harsh long winters and the other being the breathtaking beauty of the area. Out of the cities on this list, Anchorage is the one you want to visit if experiencing nature is what you’re looking for. Activities like camping, fishing, boating and sightseeing (from a helicopter if you’re daring) are plentiful here. Oh and there’s a chance you might get a great view at the northern lights. Learn more about Anchorage.
If Alaska seems a bit too Extreme and Portland seems a bit too weird for the outdoor lover in you, perhaps try Denver. Denver has plenty of outdoor activities like Anchorage but is much more convenient in terms of weather and accessibility. Though the history here is lesser known than some of the other cities on this list, it is still home to several nationally recognized museums including the History Colorado Center which was named a top-ten must see history museums in the US by True West Magazine. Denver is it is a great place to visit year round; during the winter, it’s proximity to mountains makes it a great ski trip destination, in the summer, it becomes a haven for hiking, camping, kayaking, etc. It is also one of the best cities to visit if you are after southwest cuisine, find a list of restaurants much more information about Denver.
If you want to see some eye catching architecture, consider Pittsburgh, a historically rich town widely recognized for it’s role in the industrialization of America (especially steel). Though a fun place year round, the winter can be brutal for people not used to it, so you may want to plan your trip in the summer months. The night life here is excellent, full of locals who really take great pride in their city without the snob factor you might find in a larger more popular city. Like most of the other cities on this list, museums are plentiful, but one must do activity while you are there is to head to the top of Mt. Washington in a restored 1800’s incline. Find more info and plan your trip here.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Last but not least, this New Mexico city is full of southwestern flare and culture. Head here in the fall for the best weather and spring or summer for the best travel deals if you don’t mind the heat. This city has a wonderful mix of ancient culture and building styles with all the modern city amenities you could want. If you love ancient cultures, think about checking out the Petroglyph National Monument, home to over 15,000 rock art images. If you don’t have a big interest in the history of cultures then fear not, Albuquerque has everything you want in a city including museums, outdoor activities, a zoo, an aquarium, and restaurants of all kinds. Find out what else the city has to offer here.