So you’ve ticked Los Angeles and New York off your bucket list, where to now? While America’s mega cities will always be popular, more and more travellers are heading out to discover a different side of America. Whether that’s exploring expansive national parks and sweet small towns or taking a coveted road trip through yellow cornfields, many find it’s a welcomed change from the tourist hotspots. Here are our favourite USA spots, a little off the beaten track.
If you want experience true Southern charm, you can’t go past Charleston in South Carolina. Begin your adventure with a fascinating walking tour which will take you through historic streets to appreciate the city’s incredible heritage and colonial architecture. Explore the stunning Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, the Battery and White Point Gardens and the well landscaped grounds of Middleton Place. The Charleston City Markets are one of the most popular attractions, with live music on the weekends. Admire the city’s many mansions, relax on Folly Beach or sample the city’s best seafood.
It’s all about good food and good music in Austin, Texas. The state’s capital, Austin is a thriving hub for creative-types and is commonly referred to as the live music capital of the world. Not undeserved, the city streets are lined with live music venues that are open all hours. For the best tunes, make your way to the ever popular 6th Street in downtown or for the city’s best eats, visit the SoCo District. Take a few shots of the beautiful Texas State Capital building before jumping in the car and taking a 30 minute drive to the charming historic town known as Lockhart.
In recent years, Portland has jumped onto the food scene with particular gusto and is highly touted for its hipster cafes, craft breweries, coffee roasters and delicious street food. Whether you are here to visit the popular Portland Zoo, the gorgeous grounds of Washington Park or simply to try a Blue Star Donut, you are sure to be pleasantly surprised. Many visitors quickly discover this artistic city is extremely liveable with funky neighbourhoods, friendly locals, plenty of cheap eats and more cyclists on the road than cars.
Savannah is the oldest city in the state of Georgia and is famous for its cobblestone streets, historic buildings and classic old school charm. Take the time to explore the 30-acre grounds of Forsyth Park and snap a photo by the iconic Forsyth Park Fountain or browse the famous Farmer’s Market on every Saturday. History buffs will enjoy a guided tour, with oodles of walking or segway excursions available through the historic district. If you find yourself taken with the mouth-watering local food, join a cooking class and learn the art of Southern staples, from fluffy homemade biscuits to tasty shrimp and grits.
A four hours drive from New York, Boston is well worth the detour. To admire the city’s skyline, hop on a relaxing cruise through the picturesque Boston Harbour or climb the Prudential Tower for panoramic views from the Skywalk Observatory. See the Red Sox hit a home run at Fenway Park or take a stroll through the lush gardens of Boston Common. The Quincy Markets are a treat, with a host of food vendors selling local favourites like lobster rolls and clam chowder bread bowls or keep an eye out for one of the city’s popular food trucks. Feel like a genius for a day and take a short bus ride to visit the impressive campus of Harvard University.
Have you seen a different side of America? Where did you visit?
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