The U.S. has so many wonderful cities begging to be explored. After polling various people from all over this great country, I compiled a list of the top 6 overlooked cities you must visit!
6. Williamsburg, Virginia
This colonial city is absolutely beautiful and chalk full of history. The perfect summer spot for the whole family or a nice romantic getaway back in time. Walkthrough the town and visit the shops. With actors dressed to the part, you will truly feel like you are walking through history.
A few must do’s while in Williamsburg are Berkeley Plantation (site of the first Thanksgiving in 1619) Busch Gardens, DeWitt Wallace Museum, and a visit to Jamestowne.
Finish the day with dinner at A Chef’s Kitchen (voted 5 stars from Trip Advisor).
5. Kansas City, Missouri – There isn’t much you can’t do in Kansas City. One of the best U.S. cities, and often overlooked, KC offers a wide variety of activities for the whole family. Symphonies, casinos, Nelson- Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City Zoo, National WW1 Museum and the Reinessance Festival (if you visit in the Fall). Many “nightlife” must do’s like BB’s Lawnside Blues and BBQ, Country Club Plaza, and Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
Stay at the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center so you don’t miss a thing.
4. Ketchum, Idaho – For adventure seekers, nature lovers and ski enthusiasts, Ketchum is the place to go! The town features ski resorts that bring people in from all over the world, as well as 8 museums from Hemmingway to the Ore Wagon Museum. During the day you can ski, or explore the parks, nature walks, hot springs and lakes. When it’s time to rest your head, The Knob Hill Inn features views overlooking the mountains and European inspired design, allowing relaxation after a long day exploring God’s glorious creation. A winter or summer destination!
3. Cape May, New Jersey – If ever there was a mix of charm, Victorian glamor, and abundance of restaurants, it would be Cape May, New Jersey. The beauty of the town is deeper than the grand homes, beautiful lighthouse, and fabulous shops. It is the perfect place to take a family because you can literally walk everywhere. Rarely did we drive to any location, other than my favorite restaurant, The Lobster House.
There are many fabulous options for hotels, rentals, and bed and breakfasts…but none top the Carroll Villa on Jackson Street. A summer hot spot!
2. Seattle, Washington – Home to the Space Needle, Smith Tower (tallest building west of the Mississippi River), Seattle Art Museum, and the resting place of the late Jimi Hendrix, Seattle is a great place to visit.
Absolute must see: Chihuly Garden and Glass. Created by the artist Dale Chihuly, this utterly magnificent presentation of art through glass will awe and inspire you. Best to visit in the summer months to avoid the long rainy days.
1. Kennebunkport, Maine – First stop, Mabel’s Lobster Claw restaurant for none other then what Maine is most known for…lobster! Kennebunkport is the top of our list of best overlooked U.S. cities because it is a beautiful, quaint seaside village that begs to be explored. View lighthouses, whale watch, see Cape Porpoise, Goose Rocks Beach, Brick Store Museum, and Spouting Rock are just a few of the places visitors love and can’t seem to get enough of. For the official feel, come in the Fall and do a Leaf Peepers Tour.
Chihuly Garden and Glass