Travel as we know it has changed pretty drastically in the past few months, and it might be some time before things return to previous levels. Nobody is certain what the future of travel looks like, but what is certain, is that how – and where – we travel is different than before. People are seeking out more remote destinations and ‘quieter’ cities for staycations, instead of tourism hotspots. So, we’ve rounded up some of the most underrated cities in America that we think everyone should visit at least once.
Whether you’re planning a trip sometime this year or staying close to home and just looking for some future travel inspo, these places in the US are worthy of a trip.
Underrated Cities in America
You’ll find some of the the United States’ best restaurants here along with some of the world’s most impressive and beautiful hiking trails. And, Asheville, which is nestled into the Blue Ridge Mountains, couldn’t act as a more perfect jumping off point from which to explore the landscapes, restaurants, and charming hotels in North Carolina. Appalachian culture is so intriguing, however, that you might not want to leave.
From art to history to family fun, Kansas City is a vibrant gem in America. Dive into its thriving, creative arts scene, eclectic mix of entertainment and die-hard sports and drool-worthy barbecue. And, for international visitors making a point out of travelling to as many US states as possible, this city makes it easy to cross off two at once. It straddles both the Missouri and Kansas state lines.
Santa Fe is laidback and culturally diverse; once a colonial city, there’s legendary history and culture around every corner. Santa Fe has long been a hotspot for arts and culture; Santa Fe ranks as the country’s third largest art market. You’ll find nearly 300 galleries and dealers to explore!
Portland is a city with spectacular dining (fresh lobster! oysters!) and cultural events as well as stunning natural beauty. You’ll instantly fall in love with this seaside city in Casco Bay where arts meets adventure on the classic Maine coast.
Kentucky might be the epicenter of all things horses and bourbon, but there is so much more to see in Louisville. Whether you enjoy museums, tasting all kinds of treats or diving into local culture, you’ll soon see why it’s one of the best cities in America.
Be sure to do the Urban Bourbon Experience: a city-wide trail filled with award-winning micro-distilleries, exhibits and craft cocktail destinations.
Indianapolis has a sneaky and fantastic charm about it and it can be found in the many things to do, from great museums to great sporting events, . The architecture here is absolutely sublime, there’s a cool culinary and brewing scene and diverse neighbourhoods.
Detroit is known as the Motor City for its history as a hard-working blue-collar town. While there are automotive-related things in the city, there’s lots of other great things about Detroit. Think: artsy districts, gourmet markets and a Motown museum. Detroit has a strong community feel and is a super liveable city.