There are cities like New York, Los Angeles and Dallas that garner a lot of attention and deservedly so. But there are other deserving cities that fall under the radar. Here is a list of six cities that are often overlooked.
Despite being the home of the Ohio State University and two professional sports teams, Columbus is sometimes derided as a cow town. But visitors will be pleasantly surprised to find a modern place with many attractions and sites such as the downtown Arena District, the art galleries and shops in the Short North Art District and the world-renowned Columbus Zoo.
If you have the time, you should book a tour on the Santa Maria, a life-size replica of the ship used by Christopher Columbus in 1492. Columbus has something to offer year around, but you may want to watch out for bad weather in the city from January to March. Contact Experience Columbus for more visitor information.
Famously known as the home of Edgar Allan Poe, Baltimore has so much more to offer. Fans of history will be excited to learn that Baltimore, established in 1729, is full of museums, military boat tours and historic walking trails and sites.
A can’t miss is the famous Lexington Market, which has been around since 1782. In addition to offering food of all kinds, the market also hosts many concerts, fairs and events throughout the year. While Baltimore has many hotels, it is recommended that visitors try one of the city’s several bed and breakfasts, such as the Victorian-style Aunt Rebecca’s, which was built around 1870. Contact the City of Baltimore website for more visitor information.
Most people know about the Kentucky Derby with its famous hats. But Louisville is more than just a one trick pony. The city has a wealth of museums, historical landmarks and parks and pays homage to such famous people like Muhammad Ali, who was born and grew up in Louisville. The Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is definitely worth a visit for baseball fans.
Louisville has a strong mix of modern hotels and historic bed and breakfasts to choose from. Springtime may be the best time to go if you want to see the colors of the season. Contact the City of Louisville website for more visitor information.
Although often gets overlooked by its more famous sister city (Seattle), the City of Portland has nothing to hang its head over. If the scenic parks and waterfalls are not enough to hook you, the litany of museums, festivals and cultural events will.
You will definitely want to visit the Portland Farmers Market, held every Saturday at Portland State University from March to December. If rain is your bane, then the best time to travel to Portland is during the summer months. Accommodations of all kinds are plentiful in the city. Contact the City of Portland website for more visitor information.
While often overshadowed by more famous cities in its own state, Sacramento has much to boast in its own right.
If you can visit only one of the many museums in the city, visit the California State Railroad Museum, the largest museum of its kind in the United States. And while the city has its fair share of bike trails and parks, downtown has a lot to offer, such as Second Saturdays, which is a unique fusion of art and night life once a month.
Summers can be unbearably hot and the winters are usually rainy, so September and October may be the best time to visit the city. Contact the City of Sacramento website for more visitor information.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City is drastically underrated, outside of its collegiate and professional sports teams. The city takes a nod toward its cowboy heritage with the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
The city has also revitalized its downtown and has a walking tour which allows people to conveniently visit several sites. The city is also very kid-friendly with an amusement park, a zoo and a science museum. On a more somber note, the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, a memorial of the victims of the 2005 bombing, should be on any itinerary.
Early fall may be the best time to as the weather is neither too hot nor cold at that time. Contact the Oklahoma City website for more visitor information.