A destination’s top attractions are the most popular for a reason. Though many are worth seeing for a better understanding of a place’s history and culture, they can still feel underwhelming or overcrowded or both. Enough so that travelers want to seek out somewhere that gives a deeper sense of connection.
In the United States, there are lesser-known spots just about everywhere you look. These may not get the same level of hype, but they are no less worthy of a detour. The Hawai’i vacation publication HawaiianIslands.com compiled a list of these spots in each state in what it calls the “Ultimate Hidden Gem Tourist Spot in Every State.”