When it comes to traveling in the U.S., places like New York, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles are at the top of your bucket lists if you haven’t been there already. The U.S. is full of beautiful and exciting places that you could ever dream of visiting but when it comes to visiting these places, it always tends to be the same type of locations… it’s either amusement parks, casinos, or beaches. What about the other fun and beautiful places in the world?
Summer is one of the most popular times of the year to travel. According to AAA, Memorial Day weekend 2018, over 41.5 million Americans traveled, and you can best believe more than half of those travelers were going to a beach or amusement park of some sort!
Regardless of those statistics, there are still smaller destinations around the world that are worth a trip to just as much as some of the bigger city attractions. So, pack your bags and get ready to travel to 5 of the U.S.’s most underrated attractions… they’ll make you think twice about destinations for your bucket list!
Step on Set in Winterset, Iowa
If you visit Winterset, Iowa, you’ll be in the presence of movie and celeb history. Hollywood and Los Angeles are where your mind would typically go when you think of film and celebrity history but Winterset, Iowa is the exact place where Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep was filmed in the Bridges of Madison County. If you’ve seen the romantic drama before, then you’ll be able to see that not too much about the town has changed, including the small downtown area.
If Clint and Meryl didn’t give you enough Hollywood history, then surely John Wayne will! Winterset, Iowa is also where renowned actor John Wayne was born! You can visit the house where he was born as well as learn more about him in the John Wayne Museum.
2. Experience Native American History at Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota
This monumental mountain is often times overshadowed by the more-known and nearby mountain, Mount Rushmore. Although Mount Rushmore is more well-known, the Crazy Horse Memorial is the largest mountain carving and it’s still being worked onto this day.
Once this mountain is complete, visitors will see the mountain depicting the warrior Crazy Horse pointing in the distance. The original sculptor, Korczak Ziolkowski, carved the mountain as a memorial to Native Americans. His work originally started in 1948 and is still being continued by his family in the effort of completing his life’s work.
The family will not accept any federal or state funding to complete the project. They only accept money from the visitor center or from a private donation. If you visit the memorial’s website, you will be able to donate and contribute to the completion of the project.
3. Head to California to Visit the Lassen Volcanic National Park
Visiting this particular park is extremely more peaceful and less crowded than Yellowstone National Park, but who’s comparing! This park has thermal vents, mud pots, gorgeous views, and hot springs. With this being a volcano park, it, of course, contains all four types of volcanoes: the cinder cones, composite, shield, and lava volcanoes.
4. Become a Key Holder at Joslyn Castle in Omaha, Nebraska
The original residents of this majestic castle, George and Sarah Joselyn, were deep in philanthropy. Along with the rich history of this family, the architecture of the castle itself worth a visit to see it in person. Joslyn Castle is definitely an off-the-beaten-path historical location in the heart of Omaha, but it’s also an attraction that you will never forget.
5. Learn American History at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas
Located in the Ozarks, this American beauty houses everything from early U.S. history artifacts up to modern day art. If you visit this historic wonderland, you can expect to see:
- Outdoor Art
- Labor and Industry Print Collections
- Focus Exhibitions
- Early American Art Galleries
The Places No One Talks About
How did you enjoy those locations? If nothing at all, they at least made you think twice about some of these cities and states, right? Of course, they did! A great thing about these locations is that they’re not overcrowded, making them the ideal place to move to!
You can still go to your beaches and amusement parks for vacations but didn’t these underrated locations make you want to live there, from a tranquility point of view? If having these hidden gems in your close vicinity interests you at all, click here to find out how you can make that happen!