Now that the busy summer travel season is upon us, it is time to finalize those vacation plans. Travelers looking for something a little off the beaten path should think outside of the box and explore some of America’s most underrated cities. Here are four cities not usually on the top of anyone’s vacation radar, yet guaranteed to provide a good time:
PARK CITY, UTAH: Home to the venerable Deer Valley Ski Resort, Park City is known primarily as a strong winter vacation destination scene. However, in recent years, the town has emerged as a year-round hotspot geared toward lovers of the outdoors. The vast network of skiing, hiking, and biking trails are the area’s biggest selling point. The quaint downtown village boasts a myriad of eclectic shops and restaurants designed to please any personal appetite and preference.
BOULDER, COLORADO: This suburb of Denver is an idyllic college town, home to the University of Colorado Buffaloes. Nestled against the majestic Flatirons of the Rocky Mountain range, this town attracts those wanting to get close and personal with nature yet still stay connected to the big city. Offering quick access to both the mountains and city life, Boulder is an ideal vacation spot. The pedestrian Pearl Street Mall is a mecca for beer lovers and vegan diners.
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND: Although Baltimore has always played second fiddle to neighboring Washington, D.C., the city on the Chesapeake Bay is recently emerging as the new “it” place to vacation. The city’s Inner Harbor area boasts a number of shops and restaurants, as well as historic activities. The world-class aquarium will delight visitors for hours. Conveniently located just a few blocks from the downtown area is baseball’s Camden Yards. A myriad of diverse neighborhoods provides something for everyone in this bustling metropolitan area.
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS: Deep in the heart of Texas is this laid-back city best known for its scenic Riverwalk area. Visitors to San Antonio marvel at the Riverwalk and its unique offerings of dining and shopping opportunities. The historic Alamo provides an educational experience unlike any other. Don’t leave the city without spending some time at Market Square, the area’s famous open-air Mexican marketplace offering a plethora of authentic foods and art for sale.