If you’ve been on Instagram at all in the past few years, you’ve probably noticed an alarming trend. Everyone seems to be flocking to the same destinations, taking the same photos, and posting the same pictures. While some of this undoubtedly has to do with the lower cost of travel worldwide, it’s also a sign of a lack of originality. But what about some of the places that aren’t as ess traveled places in the US
Less traveled places in the US
There’s something to be said for exploring the world off-the-beaten-path. If you’re looking for spectacular, unsaturated places to travel this year, you’ve come to the right place. This list of 5 off-the-beaten-path less traveled places in the US are unspoiled by hordes of tourists. You can guarantee you’ll be the first to Instagram most of these. Let’s dive in!
1. The Space Coast, Florida
The Space Coast is actually a region in Florida, and it’s mainly referring to the coastal area along the Atlantic side of Central Florida. Cities in the Space Coast include Cocoa Beach, Cape Canaveral, Titusville, Melbourne, and New Smyrna.
The Space Coast gets its name because this is where NASA’s Kennedy Space Center is located, so it’s possible to see a rocket launch during your visit if you time things right. While there are a lot of space-themed attractions in this region, the real shining star is the beach. Unlike other Florida beaches, the Space Coast is relatively untouched. You won’t see crowds of tourists or skyrises here! Just sun, sand, and relaxation. Check out the Ultimate Guide to the Space Coast from a local to start planning your trip.
2. Tulsa, Oklahoma
While the Midwest might not be anyone’s first idea of an exciting vacation, there’s a lot to love about Tulsa, Oklahoma. This is the second-largest city in the state, and there’s so much to do here. Believe it or not, this is a bustling city with some of the best food, art, and architecture in the nation. In fact, Tulsa boasts one of the largest collections of art deco architecture in the country. Who knew! Review these 30 fun things to do in Tulsa by Busy Tourist for some inspiration.
3. Cave City, Kentucky
Like Oklahoma, you probably didn’t expect to see Kentucky on this list either. It turns out there’s more to do in the Midwest than you might have thought. While you won’t find any bustling cities in Kentucky, there are so many natural sights to see. If you’re an outdoor lover, you’ve got to head to Cave City.
As you might have guessed from the name, Cave City is home to world-famous Mammoth Cave, located in Mammoth Cave National Park. This is actually the longest cave system known in the world, so there’s a lot of exploring to do both above and below ground. This guide to Cave City breaks down everything you should do while visiting the area.
4. Olympic National Park, Washington
The Olympic National Park is another outdoor wonder worth exploring if you’re interested in either exploring nature or simply being surrounded by lovely views. Located in the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State, you can get here in just 2 hours from Seattle.
This is one of the only places in the country where you can explore several biomes all within a few hours. From the Hoh Rain Forest to Lake Crescent to the elevated views of Hurricane Ridge, this is a spectacular place to take in the diversity of nature.
5. Beacon, New York
If you’re a laid-back traveler who prefers quiet towns to bustling cities or parks, Beacon is for you. This small city is located right in the heart of the Hudson Valley, and this is the best place to see the beauty of the Hudson River.
Once a factory town, Beacon is now in the midst of an art and culture revival. Go gallery hopping, shop in the local indie stores, or just tour one of the contemporary art museums. Either way, you’ll fall in love with this eclectic town.
Ready to Explore?
It’s time to say goodbye to tried-and-true destinations and say hello to something new. All of these spots above might not be found in any “Top Destinations” guidebooks, but they’re definitely worth your time. There’s something so alluring about visiting somewhere that seems to break the norm of the usual vacation. What’s holding you back? Add these spots to your travel bucket list and get started. You never know where you might wind up!