A new poll shows that there are many vacation spots that Americans tend to neglect. If you’re someone who loves hidden gems and visiting underrated destinations, read on for a push in the right direction!
Underrated Vacation Spots
Conducted by OnePoll for the West Virginia Department of Tourism, the survey proved that three in four Americans tend to visit the same vacation spots every year. Nonetheless, 79% of the 2,000 U.S. adults studied said that they were more than willing to change up their traveling game. If motivated enough, they’d like to see new underrated cities.
Those who don’t agree are missing out on incredible adventures, almost three out of four individuals claimed. That said, 89% of those who took up the challenge of visiting a new vacation spot confessed that they didn’t regret their decision even a tad bit. Among those who explored different locations, 92% chose their new destination based on a recommendation from family or friends and loved it. However, 79% claimed that you need to research the spot before booking a trip.
According to the survey, the top three most underrated cities in the U.S. Americans want to visit are Savannah, Georgia, at 35%; St. Petersburg, Florida, at 33%; and Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, at 32%. Most avid travelers chose these cities in hopes of relaxing there while others were excited to try new food and learn about the history of those places. If you’re hoping to see these underrated cities, too, here’s a brief introduction to all three underrated vacation spots!
History fans will shriek in excitement as soon as they take their first steps in Savannah. This old city along the Savannah River is full of different tours, including ones on foot, in horse-drawn carriages, and on trolleys. An important location during the American Revolution and Civil War, its history, as well as its Victorian architecture, is worth tourists’ attention.
In addition to that, award-winning restaurants and bakeries will provide outstanding meals, which are often accompanied by live music. Those who love nature can hike on Tybee and Whitemarsh Island.
If you’re heading to Georgia in fall, don’t miss out on Savannah’s Halloween activities. Savannah’s Bonaventure Cemetery, the Gribble House, and more make it one of the most haunted vacation spot in the U.S.
St. Petersburg, Florida
St. Petersburg is famous for its beautiful beaches, but it’s also a great destination for those who enjoy a busy city life. The sunniest city in America, this spot in Florida boasts seven miles of waterfront parks for tourists to hike, camp, and kayak.
But the warm waters of its peninsula aren’t all it has to offer — St. Petersburg has a huge cultural side to it too, including the world-class Dalí Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts. Some visitors will no doubt want to attend the fun events hosted there as well, like Ribfest or concerts from touring bands. Meanwhile, young souls can dive deep into the city’s nightlife.
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
Another historic destination, Harpers Ferry is quite a small and cozy spot. With only 300 people living there, it served as “the best strategic point in the whole South” during the Civil War! Furthermore, it’s famous for John Brown, the anti-slavery icon of the 1859’s raid.
Despite its size, Harpers Ferry is full of cafes and barbeque places for a delicious meal, as well as coffee shops for a great cup of java. Afterward, visitors can go for a nice hike. Harpers Ferry is also next to the Appalachian Trail, where tourists can enjoy the great outdoors and nature of the area.
Per the survey, other underrated vacation spots include Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska, at 31% and Greenpoint, Brooklyn, at 30%. So, give one of them a chance on your next vacation. Perhaps you’ll fall in love with a new destination!