16 Underrated US Cities You Need To Add To Your Bucket List

Nadine Dilong

Hello, wanderlust.   

The US is such an underrated country. There’s so much to see and do, but even though I’ve been to four different states and almost a dozen cities, I have to admit I’ve only ever seen the really touristy ones.

And while the big cities are definitely worth a visit, there are plenty of smaller, lesser known places in North America that have so much to offer and deserve to be on the top of your travel bucket list. From the breathtaking scenery in Colorado, to the delicious seafood in Charleston, and vibrant nightlife in Louisville, there are countless possibilities to explore in the more hidden gems of the US.

So don’t be afraid to take the road less traveled, chances are you’ll find much more along the way, such as these seriously incredible cities…

1. St Augustine, Florida


It’s the oldest city in the US, so boasts beautiful architecture and historic landmarks you can lose yourself marvelling at for days.

2. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Two words: Philly cheesesteak. That alone is reason enough to visit; though there’s more than that here, with incredible sites like Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, worth hitting up.

3. Santa Barbara, California


It’s L.A minus the crowds. Think palm tree lined roads, picture perfect beaches, and hot surfer dudes. It’s everything you need for a chilled out vacay.

4. San Antonio, Texas


This vibrant city is highly influenced by its Mexican population and offers a scenic river promenade with plenty of restaurants and picturesque bridges.

5. Baltimore, Maryland


Not only does Baltimore offer a stunning Inner Harbour, it’s also studded with quirky cafés and unique boutiques shopaholics will love.

6. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Art lovers will drool over Pittsburgh’s many museums, not the least including its Andy Warhol museum, which holds over – wait for it – 12,000 of his works.

7. Buffalo, New York


If you like art deco, Buffalo is your city. Its position east of Lake Erie means you can watch stunning sunsets over the water, plus, it’s only 40 minutes away from Niagara Falls.

8. Flagstaff, Arizona 


Besides the beautiful scenery, this college town between Phoenix and Las Vegas is a foodie paradise offering tons of restaurants and bars thanks to the thousands of Northern Arizona University students living there.

9. Asheville, North Carolina


Asheville is home to one of the US’s most impressive buildings, the Biltmore Estate, which is surrounded by stunning wineries and rolling hills nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

10. Monhegan Island, Maine


If peace and quiet is your idea of bliss, Monhegan Island might become your new fave place. The small, rocky island is only accessible by boat and cars are prohibited. Instead of driving, you can enjoy long walks through the wilderness and along the coastline.

11. Boulder, Colorado


Once voted the ‘fittest city in the US’, Boulder is perfect for outdoor activities, such as hiking, climbing, and cycling through stunning scenery, as it’s located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains.

12. Charleston, South Carolina


Charleston has to be one of the US’s most charming cities, with its cobblestone streets and antebellum architecture. It’s also known for its excellent waterfront seafood restaurants.

13. South Lake Tahoe, California


The deep blue lake surrounded by the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains makes this city perfect for camping and watersports, but South Lake Tahoe also offers a farm-to-table culture sure to satisfy any foodie.

14. Louisville, Kentucky


It’s best known for the Kentucky Derby, but Louisville is also home to Bourbon, with many boutique distilleries offering tours and tastings for the discerning boozehound.

15. Kapaa, Hawaii


If you want to experience the true Hawaii before skyscrapers and shopping malls took over, Kapaa on the island of Kaua’i won’t disappoint, with breathtaking untouched scenery sure to evoke instant feelings of chill.

16. Albuquerque, New Mexico


Albuquerque is the hot-air balloon capital of the world, offering scenic views over Rio Grande Valley. And if you like live music, downtown Albuquerque’s nightlife is guaranteed to tickle your fancy.

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