We're all aware of the popular vacation sites here in the United States, such as New York City, Disneyland California, Orlando Florida, Honolulu Hawaii, etc. That's why during prime travel season, these places are packed with tourists and visitors. Give you and your family some breathing room this summer by trying out one of these underrated vacation spots in the United States (no passport necessary).
1. Big Sur, California
Want to go somewhere tropical but can't afford the travel fees or don't want to be surrounded by thousands of tourists? Look no further than Big Sur, California! This secluded tropical getaway typically sees less guests than your typical California beach, as it stays cool year round. "Even during the summer, Big Sur's beaches are subject to generally cool weather. Sunny days are sporadic as a blanket of seasonal fog often hugs the coastline, dropping the temperature in the process. To be prepared, bring a change of warm clothes. Also, bring a pair of sturdy shoes. Big Sur's beaches require at least a short hike." says the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce. Big Sur also offers a variety of camping and hiking options for those looking to get some fresh air.
2. Thousand Islands, New York
Don't get stuck in the New York City traffic this summer. Instead, explore the thousands of beautiful and fantasy-like islands right off the shore of New York! Take a scenic cruise along the islands or visit some of the many historic sites. The islands offer a variety of stay options from hotels to cottages to camping sites. This is a perfect place for you and your family to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city life.
3. St. Augustine, Florida
Explore the vast history and beautiful architecture of the oldest city in America! Yes that's right, St. Augustine, Florida happens to be the oldest continually occupied city in the United States! It also happens to be right on the shoreline! So, if you're looking for a fun and adventurous beach trip or a private romantic getaway, the oldest city in America is the perfect place for you this summer! With the majority of visitors going to Orlando or Miami, you'll get to see the beauty of a Florida beach, without all of the people.
4. Vail Colorado
While Vail is one of the more popular locations to visit during the winter, it happens to be a beautiful and quiet town to visit in the summer. Go kayaking on the river, or biking in the trees. This town is the perfect getaway if you're looking to take your family on a beautiful outdoor trip at a low cost.
5. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Home to the Ironman USA tournament, the city of Coeur d’Alene is the perfect place to visit if you're looking for some fresh air and some site seeing. If you go during the months of June or August, you might also be able to spot the athletes training for Ironman USA.
6. Solvang, California
Located just north of Santa Barbara city, Solvang is a quaint little Danish town sitting on the California coast. Explore over 100 years of rich Danish culture in this unique California town. Right at the heart of Santa Barbara county wine country, Solvang makes for the perfect romantic getaway for you and your loved one.
7. Grants Pass, Oregon
Grants Pass Oregon is a unique little town located along the Rogue River. Take a speed boat tour of the beautiful nature surrounding the city, or go spotting for the city's notorious bear statues during the Bearfest between Memorial day and Labor day every year! With friendly residents and a beautiful river nearby, you can't go wrong with this quiet getaway.
8. Biltmore, North Carolina
If you're interested in grandiose architecture or living then Biltmore is the place to visit this summer. Explore the rich history of the Vanderbilt family, one of America's best-known families. With 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces, this home is nothing short of magnificent.
9. Leavenworth, Washington
With their slogan "Explore the Alps of Washington" this town is unquestionably one of the top spots to visit during the winter months. However, this town is also perfect to visit in the summer as well! Get away from the heat in this northern town rich in Bavarian culture and history.
10. San Jose, California
A little ways from San Francisco and Oakland is the city of San Jose, California. Also known as the home to the very famous and technologically advanced Silicon Valley. Rich in both technology and Nature, this city is the perfect place to visit if your family is looking for a more unique vacation experience.