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10 Most Underrated Tourist Attractions in the U.S.

By straying off the beaten path, you can make some of the best travel memories. It’s important to go beyond the obvious tourist attractions to really experience a place up close. When you travel to lesser-known places, you’re likely to discover new experiences that you never thought were possible. Here are 10 underrated tourist attractions in the U.S that are worth checking out.

1. Letchworth State Park, New York

This state park covers 14,427 acres and is also referred to as the “Grand Canyon of the East.” This is thanks to the Genesee River which flows through the area in a deep gorge. There are three large waterfalls on the river and breathtaking views all along the way.

2. Black Hills, South Dakota

Looking to experience what the Wild West was like back in its heydays? Head to the town of Deadwood in the Black Hills of South Dakota. While you’re there, you can also visit Custer National Park, Mount Rushmore and other famous attractions of the area.

3. St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine is a tiny town in north Florida that dates back to 1565. It is a must visit for its stunning Spanish Architecture, like the 17th-century stone fortress- Castillo de San Marcos.

4. The Museum of Death, California

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Situated on Hollywood Boulevard in L.A, the Museum of Death is sure to pique your interest in the Macabre. It is home to gruesome exhibits like replicas of execution devices, gory death videos, pictures of infamous crime scenes and morgue photos.

5. Isle Royale National Park, Michigan

The Isle Royale National Park is situated on the largest island in the Great Lakes. This undiscovered gem has a unique closed ecosystem and is home to animals like wolves and moose.

6. Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Wyoming

This a fascinating facility located near Yellowstone National Park that showcases the life and feats of William “Buffalo Bill” Cody. There is an impressive collection of western art as well as galleries that highlight Native American history.

7. Boise, Idaho

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Idaho’s capital has so much to offer visitors like fun festivals, a thriving shopping district and a number of award-winning wineries. In addition to all the urban adventures you can have, there are plenty of outdoor escapes if you feel like getting close to nature.

8. Space Coast, Florida

Home to the Kennedy Space Center, Florida’s space coast has witnessed iconic launches like that of the Apollo 8. Visitors can experience simulated Mars missions, go kayaking around Merritt Island and even view satellite launches from Cape Canaveral.

9. Bourbon Country, Kentucky

The state of Kentucky has a bourbon-distilling heritage that runs deep. In Bourbon Country, a triangle between Elizabethtown, Lexington, and Louisville, you’ll come across some of the country’s best distilleries as well as great restaurants with bourbon-inspired menus.

10. Traverse City, Michigan

Traverse City is a little known seaside destination that’s located towards the north of Lake Michigan. It has much to offer travelers including gorgeous nature trails, waterfront activities, fantastic shopping and top-notch restaurants.


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