America is a big country, and visitors here only tend to visit the larger, more popular cities. While those places are great to see, make sure you leave enough time to see the hidden American cities. These are the lesser-known cities, that you should consider visiting nevertheless:
1.) Savannah, Georgia
Savannah has great weather all year round, and when you visit here, you’ll feel like you’ve just entered a very southern-style American film. After all, it is the land of peach trees, open fields, and afternoon drinks. There’s a wonderful mix of art, culture, and history, as well as some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. Everything slows down just a little bit here, so you can take the time to really enjoy the place.
2.) Eugene, Oregon
Eugene is home to the University of Oregon, which means there’s definitely a lot to do here. From the bustling college towns to the environmentally-friendly Farmers Market, a visit to Eugene will certainly keep you busy. Watch a sport’s game, visit a museum, go on a biking trip, or get a drink at one of the wineries or breweries here. Located close to the Cascade Mountains, a day trip right out of the city is fun, too.
3.) Alameda, California
Nestled just a short distance from Oakland and San Francisco, Alameda is a sweet Californian city located right on the bay. Here, you’ll find diverse restaurants, lots of unique culture, cute shopping centers, and a vibrant nightlife. It has a lot of independent bookstores, places to walk your dog, and reliable public transportation to take you right into the city.
4.) Jackson, Wyoming
If you want to experience the true United States backcountry, then Jackson is the place to do it. Here, you can find some of the country’s best national parks, like Grand Teton and Yellowstone. It’s especially popular during the wintertime, when you can have some awesome skiing experiences. Jackson itself is a beautiful city, with plenty of places to eat and shop after a long day in the great outdoors.
5.) Silver City, New Mexico
Though it might not be as well known as Albuquerque, that’s precisely why this up and coming city (which is actually an old mining town), is an awesome place to visit. Silver City has that old West kind of feel to it, and you’ll see it in all aspects of the city. There’s a lot of state parks, charming restaurants, and even a ghost town you can explore.
6.) Spokane, Washington
Spokane is one of the best cities in the Pacific Northwest, and one that you’ll be sure to never get bored in. Whether you’re here to see the sights, spend some time in nature, or enjoy the large music scene here, there’s something for everyone. Grab some coffee in a trendy cafe, or explore the unique markets, like Saunders Cheese Market. Whatever you choose to do, Spokane won’t disappoint.
7.) Long Island City, New York
Located in Queens, New York, Long Island City is the place to be if there’s not one specific thing you’re looking for. One of the hidden cities in America it is home to so many different groups of immigrants, so whether you’re looking for an Asian supermarket or an authentic Greek restaurant, you’ll be sure to find it here. Close to Manhattan, with exciting shopping streets, awesome bars, and contemporary museums, Long Island City is a place you must visit.
If you’re not sure where to travel for such an authentic trip, then let a tour of the U.S show you the way.
Author’s Bio: Hana LaRock is originally from New York, though has called other places around the world her home for the last two years. She currently lives in South Korea as an English teacher and freelance travel writer. When she’s not working, she enjoys writing, reading, spending time with her dog, and of course, traveling. You can find her at www.hanalarockwriting.com.