The United States of America is famous for its bustling cities and grand vistas, but what about those travel destinations a little off the beaten track? Rather than treading the same well-worn path as every other visitor, how about heading to one of these underrated towns and hidden nature spots?
Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
When most people think of Nevada, they picture the glamour and lights of Las Vegas. However, heading north for an hour will land you on the edge of one of most beautiful national parks in the country.
With 150-million-year-old sandstone structures creating a unique and almost alien landscape, this surreal destination offers a huge number of impressive sights you won't find anywhere else. Just remember to pack plenty of water, as the Nevada desert can be a warm place to visit!
Fort Worth, Texas
If the city is more your style but you don't want the same old stories as every other visitor to the United States, consider Fort Worth in the country-loving state of Texas.
With all the creature comforts of Austin or Houston, Fort Worth is a town to rival all others without the crush of typical tourists. As the fifth-largest city in Texas, and located just down the road from Dallas, this community offers the same southern hospitality that is loved about Texas. A year-round water park provides fun for the whole family, while rodeos, art festivals and unique cuisine are other major attractions.
Who needs Hollywood? Forget the walk of fame and take a trip to Weaverville, a small gold rush town in Trinity Country in the north of California. While you aren't likely to bump into a celebrity on the streets here, you can enjoy the quaint and historic landmarks scattered through the area.
In particular, the Joss House is one of the country's oldest Chinese temples, stocked full of trinkets, art and tools of a time long passed. Weaverville has plenty of family friendly activities to ensure your stay is fun and educational.
Right on the border of Utah and Colorado, the Hovenweep National Monument is definitely off the beaten path. In fact, it's so well hidden that the park website recommends forgoing your GPS when attempting to find the monument and using an official map for directions instead!
Once the home to thousands of people, Hovenweep – which means deserted valley – is dotted with ruins that date back to the 13th and 14th centuries. A sombre and breathtaking experience, Hovenweep should not been left off your United States itinerary.