While we all know about the must-see spots in the USA, there are plenty of others that are truly underrated, and definitely deserve a visit.
Check out these options for when you draw up your road trip itinerary, we guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
A bit of a hipster town of late, Albuquerque has a host of attractions, from craft breweries to art galleries and cafes.
In autumn they hold the amazing International Balloon Fiesta so is worth visiting then to view the spectacle of over 500 hot air balloons in the sky.
Devil’s Tower, Wyoming
The site of alien thriller Close Encounters of the Third Kind this weird rock formation is an impressive is 1,267 feet tall. Its in quite a remote location but its a great stop if you are heading to Mount Rushmore and it has an awesome camping site.
The Oregon Coast, Oregon
This ruggedly beautiful stretch of coast is a just-see, and as it is all public land, you can simply stop anywhere on its 363 miles and go exploring.
You can also camp on the beach but be sensitive to other people who are enjoying the space too
Death Valley National Park, California
As you’d expect, Death Valley Park is hot and very, very dry, but it is also very, very beautiful. It’s home to some amazing rock formations and weird desert wildlife, and it’s a lovely place to relax and unwind and even play at Bingo Cabin Sweden when the sun goes down and you wait for the night sky to be lit up by hundreds of stars.
Hill Country, Texas
If you love wine, then you need to pop in at Hill Country. This location produces world-class wines and has grape varieties usually only found in Italy, France and Spain, making it all the more unique.
Spanning more than 9 million acres, there is plenty for viticulturists to do and see and its not too surprising that it has been voted one of the hottest new tourist destinations in the USA by the Lonely Planet!
Orcas Island, Washington
Part of the San Juan Islands off the coast of Bellingham, Orcas Island is essentially an Instagrammers dream.
You’ll find waterfalls, quaint lighthouses, lush forests and other scenic landscapes that are simply breath taking.
Apostle Islands, Wisconsin
The Apostle Islands comprise of 21 islands in Lake Superior and have everything from lighthouses to shipwrecks.
In winter they offer stunning landscapes with unusual ice formations stretching as far as the eye can see, and in summer they are a haven for anyone who wants to explore sea caves, canoe in crystal waters or go diving or hiking.
St. Augustine, Florida
Located in Northern Florida, St Augustine is said to be the USA’s oldest city.
It dates back to 1565 and has stunning Spanish architecture that includes a stone fortress called the Castillo de San Marcos. If you love spooky adventures, this city is also home to the Old St Johns County Jail and you can take a tour and see if you encounter any of the former inmates that are said to haunt it.