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    The Best Unknown Vacation Destinations in the US

    Vacation Destinations in the US
    Vacation Destinations in the US

    Discover the best unknown vacations destinations and you may be in for the trip of a lifetime. Most people want to discover a vacation spot that has all of the amenities of top destinations without the large number of tourists.

    Locate the Best Unknown Destination in the United States

    Florida is a hot destination spot and not just because of the warm weather. The beaches have long been an attraction for tourists and Orlando (once a swamp) has become a premier destination for people around the world. Amelia Island stays relatively hidden from the bustle of the tourists. You get the great beaches, an amazing history and smaller crowds when you discover this little known Florida destination. This “Isle of Eight Flags” (labeled because of its past with Indians, pirates, shrimpers, nobles and confederates) sits in the in the northeast corner of the state less than an hour form Jacksonville International Airport.

    Idaho has the Grand Teton National Park but those wanting to experience the great outdoors at a whole new level need only to cross to the other side of the mountain. The Teton Range lie on the border of Idaho and Wyoming and much of the Range lies within the national park, but the western slop is where the outdoor adventures can have the benefits of the protected park without the crowds of tourists.

    Heading back to the East Coast, you can discover Florida’s Forgotten Coast. These Gulf Coast communities missed out on the overdevelopment that much of the Florida coastlines experienced. Apalachicola, St. George Island and Eastpoint are some of the communities that provide a unique Floridian flare for visitors who discover their location. Take a drive down Highway 98 east of Panama City to unlock the secrets in these hidden Florida treasures.

    Take a trip to the “Edge of America” and discover the beauty of Folly Beach, South Carolina. This beach destination has retained a family atmosphere that pours out a unique charm for visitors and residents alike to appreciate. The community sits between the Atlantic Ocean and the Folly River and is just minutes away from downtown Charleston.

    Small town warmth is not restricted to the sub-tropical communities of the south. Maine offers a delightful retreat in Deer Isle. This large island offers a way of life that is slow, relaxed and reminiscent of the past. The communities that surround the island are also small and comforting. Despite the small size, there are big offerings for visitors. The Stonington Opera House is a year round performing arts center. The history and beauty of the landscape are worth a visit all on their own. And the diversity of residents just adds the unexpected surprises this island will bestow to its guests.

    There are more small town surprises in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee. Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg have plenty of attractions to delight everyone in the family. There is outlet shopping, an amusement park, and large aquarium and outdoor activities for all tastes (from hiking and biking to horseback riding and even skiing in the winter). Take a ride up the side of the mountain to get a view from the top or take an alpine slide down the mountain just for the thrill.

    Vacations can have all of the great activities without having to fight the crowds. There are a number of destinations around the country that provide the amenities of the more traveled destinations without the same number of people.

    Discover some of these national treasures when you are making your next getaway plans. Choosing one of the best unknown vacation destinations in the US could be one of the best decisions you ever make.

    Nicole has been an avid traveler most of her life; she currently blogs about how she used her personal savings to travel the world on a very small budget. Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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