Are you looking for a vacation spot that won’t be packed with other tourists? Check out this list of overlooked U.S. cities and pick one to visit in 2014. No matter your interests, one of these locations is sure to suit your needs.
Charleston, South Carolina
According to Charleston’s Tourism Site , this is the oldest city in South Carolina. There are many unique shops, museums and restaurants in historic downtown including famous Hank’s Seafood. Charleston is on the sea so there are many nautical themed attractions including the Charleston Aquarium and Fort Sumter. Recommended hotels are historic King Charles Inn and scenic Charleston Harbor Resort. Charleston can be visited at any time but temperatures will be most comfortable during the spring and fall.
Fort Collins, Colorado
If you are into beer or the outdoors, Fort Collins is the city for you. The Fort Collins Brewery Guide claims that the city has at least 10 craft breweries as well as a Budweiser brewery. The city is nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and has a vast network of trails. It is also a short drive from Rocky Mountain National Park. The Hilton is a great bet due to it’s proximity to many breweries and the historic Old Town. Summer is the best time to visit Fort Collins.
Duluth is located on Lake Superior in Northern Minnesota. The main attractions in Duluth are the lake itself and the vast outdoor areas. A drive up the North Shore of the lake is much recommended as you will find both Split Rock Lighthouse and Gooseberry Falls State Park. Canal Park Lodge is a nice hotel in a great location. There are many campgrounds as well. Summer is the best time to visit Duluth. If you like to run, Grandma’s Marathon is in June.
Portland is a great city to visit for those on the East Coast. It is less than 2 hours from Boston. Portland is another coastal town with scenic views of the ocean. Lighthouse tours and scenic drives are top attractions. The Residence Inn in downtown is a top rated hotel in a great location. Fall is a great time to see Portland’s fall colors.
Austin has been getting headlines lately for its famous SXSW music festival. Austin is also home to the University of Texas and their high powered sports teams. Austin is famous for its food trailers including Shhmaltz. Experience Texas hospitality at the Driskill in downtown. Visit Austin in winter to escape cold temperatures.
Pittsburgh is home to 3 professional sports teams and many museums including the Andy Warhol Museum. There are many walking paths and tours through downtown and near the rivers. Look no further than downtown for your lodging and dining needs. Gaucho Parilla Argentinian restaurant and The Parador Inn are great picks. Spring is a great time to see Pittsburgh.