Busy putting together your bucket list for 2022? Take your vacation to the next level with these 10 magical places in the USA that you’ve probably never heard of.

When you think of the United States of America, it’s likely these things pop into your head: big cities, lofty skyscrapers, and bright lights. You would be shopping for the most covetable brands, gorging the most delectable food at the alfresco dining, and then end up dancing in the swanky clubs by the night. 

But we often forget to look beyond those sky-piercing buildings and jazz-loving crowds. The USA is a country of sun-bleached outskirts, vast swamplands, lush rainforests, miles of national parks and dense canyons. Picture these and goosebumps are guaranteed. 

Nothing beats the thrill and excitement of exploring the god-gifted nature in its absolute raw form. These outdoorsy and artsy places are perfect to raise your hair with their aesthetics. 

Wear your reading hat and spectacles — scroll to find the 10 hidden gems in the USA that will surprise you big time. All you would sing is, “Take me home, Country Roads”

1. Devil’s Tower, Wyoming

Tucked away in the Black Hills of Wyoming, Devil’s Tower spans over 2.1 square miles and rises 1,267 feet from the river base. Arguments are that the tower was a volcano in its primitive age. However, most geologists claim that the molten rock was pushed up and transformed into solid sedimentary rock. 

Interestingly, it was the erosion that ingenious rock emerged after millions of years. In 1906, it was established as the first national monument by Theodore Roosevelt. Thousands of tourists come for rock climbing through its challenging trails. And as you trek, the board reads that the tower is sacred and holds religious importance for many nationalists. 

2. Valley of Fire, Nevada

Can you believe: at an hour’s distance from the most bustling metropolis Las Vegas is the quietest natural park? Valley of Fire is the oldest and largest state park in Nevada, formed over the course of 150 million years. It is one of the best-hidden vacation spots in the US speckled with fire-hot red sandstone and pink rock formations. 

From elephant and beehive formations to the fire wave, the rock structures carved over 46,000 acres are unique and amazing. They spark up in the golden hour. Hike the highest point, visit the pretty Pink Canyon, take the best pictures and enjoy camping. 

Check out this video to get a glimpse:


3. Assateague Island, Maryland

What’s better than an island getaway to de-stress and rejuvenate your mind and soul? Especially when it’s tranquil and pristine! Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Assateague Island is a 37-mile long barrier island dotted with golden beaches, verdant forests, a campground, swamps, and a range of guided programs. Enjoy cycling with the family, go crabbing, learn some surf fishing tips, swim, take off-road driving and kick back under the tent. 

The beauty is while you stroll, you would be having one leg in Maryland and the other in Virginia. So, what are you waiting for; get your USA Visa from around late April to mid-October and you will be lucky to see hundreds of wild horses. 

Assateague Island
The wild horses on Assateague Island. Photo by Sara Cottle on Unsplash.com

4. Texas Hill Country, Texas

If you are a sucker for picturesque landscapes and long history, Texas Hill Country is the perfect hidden spot in the US. The glistening rivers, underground caves, charming small towns, exotic wineries and artesian spring keep you on the edge of the seat. Travelers have been hovering around for centuries and remained a part of its diverse culture and activities. 

Besides hundreds of excellent hikes, you can go on a shopping spree, eat farm-raised meats, celebrate the biggest wine festivals, revel in live concerts and bask in the spectacular view. Dive into the past at some of the famous museums including the National Museum of the Pacific War. There are plenty of guest houses in the vicinity where you can stay, relax and have a perfect holiday. 

5. Broken Bow, Oklahoma

Want to flaunt a tan or just feel the ice on your face? Broken Bow is a beautiful destination in the US to visit all year round. Unwind in the fresh air by the gorgeous 14,000 acres of Broken Bow Lake, amidst the rugged Ouachita Mountains.

You can try your hands on fishing in the Mountain Fork River, travel the forests and get an adrenaline rush with water activities. While the pro hikers embark on an epic journey of 12-mile long the revelers can grab their picnic baskets. 

It’s a wholesome day out where you can care for the wild animals at Hochatown Petting Zoo, dig up gems, and take a scenic train ride. Catch your breath at the fancy restaurants and sip some wine. Jazz up the experience as you spend the night in the middle of the woods under the blanket of stars. 

Check out this clip to get a glimpse:


6. Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia

Plonked in the Allegheny mountains, this is the most photographed hidden destination in the US. Spots like Elakala Falls, Douglas Falls, Lindy Point, and Pase Point will force you to take out the camera. Blackwater Falls State Park was acquired by West Virginia in the 1930s, and from then it has seen grabbing eyeballs. Follow the 20-mile long hiking, cozy up in cabins, and participate in nature programs. Oh, bliss! Watch the foliage spread like golden glitters.

What steals the limelight is the 57-foot cascade which you have to see to believe it! The rippling waters are in a pure amber color that looks like a dream — all because of the tannic acid from fallen hemlock and red spruce needles. Amidst the meditative ruffles of the water and uncrowded areas, set up your camp.

7. Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Gatlinburg is a mountain resort city and snow wonderland in Tennessee where everything sets still and peaceful except its vibrant downtown area. The cloud of fog sits on The Smoky Mountains in winters and looks straight out of a fairytale. Either snug in a cabin and gasp at the breathtaking vista or brace yourselves for skating, zip lining and skiing at the freezing temperature. 

Immerse yourself in a 360-degree view from the gondola, chairlift, aerial tram cars, or deck at Gatlinburg Space Needle that will give you the right kind of chills. It is a kid-approved destination in the US that has playhouses, aerial tram cars, a cars museum, mini-golf and so much more. 

Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Photo by Will Breen on Unsplash.com


Featuring an endless seam of petrified woods, this American National Park covers 346 square miles. An abundance of fossils of trees from millions of years ago, vivid badlands and flat-topped mesas create a dramatic landscape. You can run into the wilderness with 400 species of plants, 200 species of birds and a large range of fauna. Connected by 28-mile long Main Park Road, make it easily navigable. 

Regardless of your taste of adventure, there is something for everyone — you can hike the winding trails, delve deeper into the prehistory at Rainbow Forest Museum and explore the age-old homes. The crowd-puller is the awe-inspiring national monument Painted Desert. Did we mention it is the only national park that has dog-friendly trails? 

9. Estes Park, Colorado

Want to live like nomads in the jungle? Located at the foothills of Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes is a town in northern Colorado 70 miles from Denver. The trails meander through rugged peaks and verdant forests opening to stunning views year-round.

Although hiking is a favorite activity here, the park is also home to a cornucopia of choices. Right from biking and cross-country skiing to kayaking and horse riding, it is a paradise for outdoor adrenaline junkies. 

Keep your eyes peeled as you can bump into elk and bald eagles. The unspoiled wilderness and untamed landscape of the park promise an unforgettable excursion. 

10. Anna Maria Island, Florida

To take a breather by some of the best beaches in Florida, visit Anna Maria Island. Laid-back, organic and recreational, the island is just 20 minutes away from Bradenton. From the Gulf of Mexico to peninsular Florida, the broad strip of white-sand beaches offers a relaxed holiday. 

Saunter around with your partner, enjoy sunbathing and hop on a sunset cruise. The Belle Haven Cottage was originally built in 1920. There is a range of well-planned amenities like showers and picnic tables to help you plan a family day out without interruption. Stay in fabulous sea-facing resorts, taste delicious cuisine and eat a scoop of ice cream at Small Town Creamery.  


You have been to so many clubs and restaurants, it’s time you think of something out of the ordinary. Did you find an attraction that was completely unknown to you? Book your visa today and travel to places recreated by oceans, wind and nature. Happy travels! 


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