There are many people or travelers who don’t travel just to pass the time. Traveling for them is a way of living. It brings so much value to their life and allows them to grow internally as well as externally. However, often it is seen that travelers can tend to forget how many unexplored destinations are there in the US that are simply beautiful. If you are planning your next travel destination or an epic holiday then visiting the hidden gems in the US can give an unforgettable life experience.
There are a lot of places like secret mountain villages, white sand beaches, ice caves, etc. that can leave you spellbound with innumerable memories. Also, these places take a little bit of exploring as compared to popular destinations as they are less crowded.
The world is full of explored destinations ready to be explored so with us, you can take a virtual journey to the best and offbeat hiking trails, unique landscapes, and various hidden islands in the US. We have created a list of unexplored and secluded US destinations with complete insider tips that can help you fun and interesting vacation.
The town of Stanley is a much-underrated place in the US. However, there are many natural spots in Idaho that are relaxing as well as rustic. You can simply visit Sawtooth National Forest, Stanley Lake, or Sawtooth Lake for a nice vacation. Also, Idaho’s hiking is known to be a nationally designated area where you can visit Iron Creek Trail.
Stanley is also a perfect place for nice hot springs in Idaho like Boat Box Hot Springs, Sunbeam Hot Springs, etc. Moreover, if you plan to extend your vacation, there are some museums like Stanley Museum which define the history of this town
How to get there – From Boise, ID by car and it takes 2.5 hours
Best visiting time – autumn for solitude as well as fall foliage
Best place to stay – Stanley Country Inn, Mountain Village Resort
Whether you are an active traveler who is in love with the amazing outdoors or you simply want to be in a place for yoga or meditation, then Sedona, Arizona is the best place for you. Sedona is known to be a small city where there is no shortage of great entertainment and beautiful attractions. It is highly famous for its mind-blowing red rock landscapes, scenic vistas, amazing wildlife, and much more.
Also, this is a great place if you love to hike, mountain bike, or want to take a deep tour. The best hikes in Sedona are Devil’s Bridge, Bell Rock, as well as Cathedral Rock. This place is known to be International Dark Sky Community across the globe. However, if you simply want to find your inner self then this is the best spot for enlightenment as well as spirituality.
If you are visiting Sedona, don’t forget to have their local food and wine from the best places like Elote Café or Che Ah Chi.
How to get there – From Phoenix, AZ by car and it takes 2 hours
Best visiting time – March to May
Best place to stay – Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa or Arabella Hotel Sedona
La Conner, Washington
This place is known to be a fishing town which is near northwestern Washington. In this town, you can find various quaint hotels as well as arts and crafts stores. However, the best thing that you can do in La Conner is ‘antiquing’ as there are many antique shops in the center of the town as well as the countryside.
Not many people know but during April, Skagit Valley in La Conner hosts the beautiful tulip festival. The fields of this place are surrounded by tulips which look surreal. However, there is a small entrance fee which allows you to walk in the fields as well as buy inexpensive and gorgeous tulips.
If you are in La Conner then try not to miss Chaukanut Drive where you will be driving along the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Plus, you can enjoy scenic views of mountains, trees, and the Pacific Ocean.
How to get there – From Seattle by car it takes 1 hour and from Vancouver Airport 1.5 hours via car
Best visiting time – March and April
Best place to stay – Katys Inn and The Heron Inn and Day Spa
Channel Islands National Park, California
This is a highly underrated destination. Channel Islands National Park is somehow close to Los Angeles and is the second less visited place in California. But the scenic beauty of this place is unimaginable. You can easily explore its island where you won’t get much crowd throughout the year.
While visiting this place, you cannot miss to explore its one island which is Santa Cruz Island. On this island, you can do a lot of activities like sea kayaking, hiking, etc. You can also get your own kayaking guide to get on an interesting sea cave tour. For hiking, there are many trails like Potato Harbor as well as Smugglers Cove. Also, you can camp where you need to be prepared in advance with your backpack gear.
No wonder, Channel Islands National Park is a hidden gem of the US, and getting there can be slightly difficult. For this, you need to travel to the village of Ventura, then take a ferry ride to Island Packers Cruises. Also, there are no hotels on the island which is why you need to get back to the ferry on time or you can stay in Ventura.
How to get there – Ferry from Ventura and it takes 1.5 hours of time from LA via car
Best visiting time – June – September
Best place to stay – Waypoint Ventura or Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach
Mackinac Island, Michigan
This place is known to be located in Lake Huron and is the most secret place in the US. No wonder, Mackinac Island is the best Midwest weekend getaway which your family or friends. This place is best to check out the amazing views of Arch Rock formations, Fort Holmes, Sugar Loaf Rock from the Point Lookout, and much more.
However, Loaf Rock is known to have great views of green forests as well as blue waters. There are many other things that you can do at this destination like taking boat tours, fishing, etc. It is essential that you should avoid taking bikes to this island as there are prohibited and no roads are there. But you can reach the island via ferry and enjoy your 3-4 days of stay.
How to get there – From St. Ignace as well as Mackinaw it takes 30 minutes via ferry which means 4.5 hours from Detroit via car as well as 3.5 hours from Lansing via car
Best visiting time – June – September
Best place to stay – Island House Hotel as well as Harbour View Inn
Texas Hill Country, Texas
If you are a wine lover then this place is a must-visit for you. It is located in the center of Texas that has sparkling rivers, gorgeous waterfalls, innumerable vineyards, as well as a turquoise lake. No wonder, Texas Hill Country is a magical place where Austin as well as San Antonio lies on its edges.
There are so many towns that you can discover in the Texas Hill Country like Fredericksburg which is best known for its German heritage as well as wineries. You can also visit other towns like Wimberley which is known for its swimming holes, Burnet which is best known for its fields of Texas bluebonnets, Lockhart which is known for its barbecue, and Spicewood which is known for its waterfalls, and a lot more.
However, if you are looking for some outdoor activities then you shouldn’t miss swimming and boating at Canyon Lake, tubing at Guadalupe River State Park, or hiking at Enchanted Rock. Also, there are many other hidden places that you can visit at this place that can make your trip worthy of everything.
The Texas Hill Country can be visited around the year but the best time to visit it is late March and Mid-April when the wildflowers are blooming and you can avoid intense summer.
How to get there – It takes one hour from Austin as well as San Antonio, Texas via car
Best visiting time – Late March to mid-April
Best place to stay – Fredericksburg Inn Suites as well as Coyote Casita
If you are an ardent traveler or simply want to embark on your travel journey then visiting these above-mentioned hidden gems in the US should be on your priority list. Every place has its own specialty and will allow you to learn, enjoy, have fun, and find your inner self without compromising anything. Every detail of the place is mentioned above which will allow you to plan accordingly and avoid any hassle. So, get your backpacks packed and visit these hidden gems.