18 US Cities That Tourists Always Overlook But Shouldn’t

There are some cities, in the United States that often go unnoticed by tourists despite their unique attractions. In this article, we’ll take a look at a few of these hidden gems that deserve recognition.

Reno, Nevada 

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Well known for its casinos but also other marvels. Known as the “The Biggest Little City in the World,” Reno serves as a gateway to the beauty of Lake Tahoe and boasts a lively Riverwalk area where you can find parks, pubs, and boutiques. This Forbes article has more: The ‘Biggest Little City In The World’ Was Just Named The Best Small City In America.  The Nevada Museum of Art is also worth visiting for its collection of Western art and photography.

Chattanooga, Tennessee 

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This city proudly revels its railway legacy with attractions like the iconic Chattanooga Choo Choo. Visitors have the opportunity to stay at the Terminal Station while exploring downtown Chattanooga. It also has a mix of both sites and modern attractions.

Greenville, South Carolina

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Greenville has become a food lovers paradise boasting a selection of owned restaurants, in its downtown area. It also offers gems like Falls Park on the Reedy featuring trails, artwork, and waterfalls. Car enthusiasts can get their thrills at the BMW Performance Center.

Twin Falls, Idaho

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Twin Falls is known for its wonders such as the magnificent Shoshone Falls and the Snake River Canyon Rim Trail. It serves as an initial embarking point for exploring Idaho’s landscapes, including the appealing Craters of the Moon National Monument and City of Rocks National Reserve.

Savannah, Georgia

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Known for its charm, Savannah’s district established in 1733 is filled with beautiful old homes and picturesque city squares. Visitors can explore the Bonaventure Cemetery featured in “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil “. You can also indulge in delightful country cuisine at various fantastic eateries.

San Antonio, Texas

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San Antonio is immersed in history. Offers an experience with its Pearl District, expansive River Walk, and San Antonio Missions National Historic Park. The city effortlessly blends its heritage with modernity to provide visitors with a unique Texan experience.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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Myrtle Beach is a blissful place that caters to all types of explorers – from those seeking relaxation on the beach to those looking to explore Broadway at the Beach, an entertainment and shopping center. With its combination of beauty and entertainment options, it’s the perfect destination for families.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Albuquerque serves as a hub, for art enthusiasts culture seekers, and outdoor adventurers alike. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, held annually is worth a visit. If you head to the Old Town area you’ll get a glimpse into the city’s past with its charming historic adobe houses.

Sedona, Arizona 

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When it comes to Sedona, Arizona it often gets overlooked in favor of Phoenix and the Grand Canyon. However, it’s truly a gem that offers scenery and a wide range of activities such, as hiking, spiritual development workshops, and even the Red Rocks Music Festival.

Flagstaff, Arizona

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Yet another destination in Arizona, by Grand Canyon where visitors can take in its unique charm. You can explore the Historic Railroad District. Visit the nearby Walnut Canyon National Monument for an enriching experience. Don’t miss out on Lowell Observatory if you’re into stargazing! For adventure seekers, Coconino National Forest and Lava River Cave offer thrilling activities.

Salt Lake City, Utah

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A city that perfectly blends urban spaces with natural wonders close by. There are plenty of coffee shops and shopping centers in town and mountains nearby for hiking and skiing enthusiasts to enjoy.

Detroit, Michigan

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This city has made quite a name for itself through its music history. Today it stands as a city with attractions with gems, like the Detroit Institute of Arts and of course, the nearby Henry Ford Museum showcasing its historical significance. Another highly recommended site is the Motown Museum, which is definitely a must-see for music enthusiasts.

Baltimore, Maryland

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Fells Point stands out with its cobblestone streets and lively cultural environment providing visitors with an exciting experience. Renowned for its Maryland crab there are eateries where you can savor authentic seafood cuisine.

Knoxville, Tennessee

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Located in Tennessee Knoxville is often overlooked compared to cities, like Nashville and Memphis. However, it holds its charm as a hidden gem. Offering a mix of art, culture, and outdoor activities the city’s Market Square is a center with an array of shops, restaurants, and live music venues that offer an authentic taste of local life.

Rapid City, South Dakota

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Serving as the gateway to Mount Rushmore Rapid City has more to offer than proximity to this monument. It boasts an American history and culture that adds depth to its character. Additionally, the city is conveniently located near landscapes such as the Badlands and the Black Hills. Visitors can immerse themselves in the blend of beauty and cultural heritage that this region provides.

Asheville, North Carolina

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Nestled within the Blue Ridge Mountains lies Asheville—a city renowned for its vibrant arts scene and historic architectural marvels. The iconic Biltmore Estate stands tall as America’s home while downtown Asheville exudes an atmosphere with its numerous galleries, restaurants, and music venues. Its picturesque surroundings combined with a vibe make Asheville an absolute must-visit destination.

Madison, Wisconsin

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Serving as Wisconsin’s capital city Madison captivates visitors with its lakeside views along, with the University of Wisconsin campus. The city buzzes with a scene that offers something for everyone to enjoy. It attracts visitors with its farmers’ markets, museums, and the majestic Wisconsin State Capitol building. What sets Madison apart is its blend of spaces and natural beauty making it a truly distinctive destination.

Eugene, Oregon

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In the Pacific Northwest region, this city is renowned for its scenery, abundance of outdoor activities, and a thriving arts and culture scene. With the University of Oregon, as its centerpiece Eugene exudes an energy. Is surrounded by picturesque landscapes such as the Willamette River and numerous parks and trails for hiking enthusiasts.

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