Summer is one of the few times a year when you are likely to have some extra free time, which means it is also a great time to travel to new places. A great aspect of the United States is that we have gems scattered across the country that every American should visit. Here is a list of some of the greatest, yet perhaps, most overlooked places to visit in the US:

  1. Fredericksburg, Texas

In addition to Fredericksburg being home to a handful of wineries and distilleries, it is also home to the “Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park” and the “National Museum of the Pacific War”, which focuses on World War II. There a magnitude of small shops and, bed and breakfasts that you can stay at. 

  1. Telluride, Colorado

Telluride is a small and quaint former Victorian mining town that has activities all year around. During the summer, feel free to browse through local shops and go hiking. In the winter, get ready to go skiing and enjoy some of Colorado’s greatest ski trails. 

  1. Birmingham, Alabama

In addition to Birmingham being a pivotal place in U.S. history, it is also foodie central. Birmingham is becoming more and more known for its amazing food. In addition, there is also the Birmingham Zoo and Oak Mountain State Park, which is perfect for hiking. Make a girls weekend trip, stay at a cute AirBnB and eat up all the great food! 

  1. Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine is the perfect quaint town on the ocean. In addition to the beautiful ocean views, there are a number of breweries that you can tour along with great restaurants. The Casco Bay Islands are a ferry ride away if you want to venture off and explore!

  1. Louisville, Kentucky

In addition to Louisville hosting the Kentucky Derby, you can also visit the Kentucky Derby Museum. You can also visit the Louisville Mega Cavern, where you can zipline underground! 

  1. Madison, Wisconsin

Madison is the perfect weekend getaway destination. It is home to a perfectly charming downtown area filled with mom and pop shops and restaurants. You can also do the architectural historical tour, which will take you around Madison and discuss the city’s amazing architecture. 

  1. Stowe, Vermont

Stowe is reminiscent of a quaint European town that still has its charm. In addition to the lovely environment where you can relax, there are a variety of local restaurants and breweries. The town is also home to multiple hiking trails, and is a great getaway.

  1. Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale is a perfect getaway for any person as there are plenty of choices. If hiking and enjoying the outdoors is your scene, Scottsdale is perfect for you. If you prefer to pamper yourself, shop and eat at hip restaurants, Scottsdale will answer the call. 

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  1. Big Sur, California

If you have seen “Big Little Lies” on HBO, then you have probably admired the Santa Lucia Mountains and beautiful coast line. Even though Big Sur has a relatively small population, there is still plenty to do. You can spend your days on the beach, or go hiking and camping in the mountains. Whatever your preference, Big Sur has something for everyone. 

  1. Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Fort Lauderdale is home to 23 miles of beautiful Florida coastline, and has an arts district that anyone can enjoy. Make sure you do the riverboat dinner cruise, and take advantage of all the fresh seafood that you can.

Kallie B
When Kallie is not working full time trying to raise money, she is often studying how people process political messages. Powered with 2 undergraduate degrees, 1 graduate degree and now working towards a Ph.D., she has dived into the world of political communication and psychophysiological research. She is a 5th generation Texan, and has been in politics since she was 8 years old.