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Under the Radar Summer Break Destinations in the United States

by Haley Dobrowski | May 11, 2023
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Every year, as the summer season approaches, a quest is embarked upon by some vacationers and travelers alike, a quest to discover an enjoyable, yet less crowded, summer getaway within the United States. Many travelers flock south to the tropical climates; overcrowding the resorts, town streets and white sandy beaches. Overlooked by many, these six offbeat destinations can indeed be worth exploring in order to experience their unique charm, natural beauty and exciting activities.

Door County, Wisconsin

First on the list, a visit to the scenic Door County, Wisconsin. Often overshadowed by the popular summer hotspots of the East and West Coasts, Door County's charm lies in its 300 miles of shoreline, quaint lighthouses and wineries. A bounty of outdoor activities like kayaking, hiking and sailing can be enjoyed here, surrounded by the serene beauty of nature. The local gastronomy, led by the famous Door County Fish Boil, is also something you may not want to miss.

Asheville, North Carolina

In the southern part of the country, tucked away in the mountains of North Carolina, Asheville is found. A vibrant arts scene, historic architecture and a thriving food culture can be discovered in this city. A unique blend of small-town charm and cosmopolitan sophistication is offered by Asheville. Surrounding Asheville, is a number of intricate hikes, cascading waterfalls and beautiful mountain picnic spots overlooking the mountain valleys. Not to be forgotten is the breathtaking view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which can be admired from the Blue Ridge Parkway, commonly referred to as "America's Favorite Drive."

Finger Lakes, New York

The next hidden gem, the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York, can often be overlooked in favor of the bustling city life of NYC. A treasure trove of vineyards, waterfalls, gorges and lakes is presented by this region. Wine tours are especially loved in this area, renowned for its award-winning Rieslings. A charm of rural life, coupled with the sophistication of wine country, is elegantly combined in the Finger Lakes.

Sun Valley, Idaho

Unassuming beauty can be found in Idaho's Sun Valley, a destination known for its winter pursuits, yet equally delightful in summer. A myriad of outdoor activities like mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding can be indulged in in this high-altitude haven. To be mentioned is the region's rich arts scene, with the annual Sun Valley Summer Symphony offering outdoor concerts.

Mystic, Connecticut

Delightful surprises can be discovered in the town of Mystic, Connecticut. A rich maritime history, picturesque landscapes and the famous Mystic Pizza are provided by this New England gem. A visit to the Mystic Seaport Museum, where the country's maritime history is beautifully preserved, is suggested for history enthusiasts.

Bishop, California

Finally, the list is wrapped up by Bishop, California. The beauty of this town is often bypassed by travelers en route to Yosemite or Death Valley. Known for its spectacular rock climbing, fishing and hiking opportunities, Bishop can provide an enticing allure for the outdoor enthusiast. A backdrop of the Sierra Nevada and White Mountains enhances the charm of this high desert town.


These under-the-radar destinations can offer an enchanting mix of nature, culture, history and adventure. Fleeing the summer crowds can be possible with these lesser-known locales, providing a refreshing alternative to the usual summer hangouts. A different perspective on the summer getaway can be offered by each of these destinations, leading to an unforgettable experience. It is hoped that the charm of these offbeat locations will be appreciated, and their unique experiences enjoyed. Before exploring off the beaten path, consider protecting your trip with travel protection. To learn more about the plans and benefits offered by Travel Insured, talk to your travel advisor or visit our website



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