I’ve been able to visit some pretty cool cities in the United States. Some of these cities are lesser-known but offer some real gems. Here are my top 5 recommendations for underrated cities in the United States.
Half Moon Bay, CA
Half Moon Bay is perhaps the best-kept secret of California. Located just under an hour south of San Francisco, Half Moon Bay sits on the coast of Northern California offering a beautiful beachside view from nearly every angle. Surfing is a popular sport that locals and tourists alike participate in year-round.
Half Moon Bay is home to the famous Mavericks waves. These waves are famous for being some of the largest waves to ever be recorded in California and in the world. Found by a local, Jeff Clark, they soon became popular by surfers from all over the world. Clark has since opened a surf shop that can be found in the area.
Great restaurants can be found all throughout the area. Sam’s Chowder House is one of my favorites. It offers an incredible menu of seafood while showing off an equally incredible view of the ocean. Many other local shops and restaurants can be found along the coast and in downtown Half Moon Bay.
Park City, UT
Park City lies just east of Salt Lake City and is perhaps best known for its ski resorts and the Sundance Film Festival. Hundreds of people, both locals and tourists, flock to Park City every year for the excellent snow resorts. That’s not all this city has to offer, however.
Park City has a historic main street that is home to dozens of restaurants, bars, and unique shopping experiences. In the warmer months, there are a few festivals including the Deer Valley Music Festival and Kimball Arts Festival, which offer entertainment. This can include live music, dancing, and other lively events.
Waco, which sits along the Brazos River, is known for housing the Dr. Pepper museum, Magnolia Silos, and Baylor University. This wonderful city has something for everyone from the Hippodrome (which shows movies and live performances) to vintage shops like Laverty’s.
This city has recently gained traction from the popular HGTV show “Fixer Upper”. Many people from all over the States flock to Waco year-round to explore the Magnolia Silos and all it has to offer. Locals now offer tours of Waco both on land and on boat for all tourists hoping to get a better grip of what the city has to offer.
Alexandria, also known as Old Town Alexandria, sits on the Potomac River and overlooks Washington D.C. Old Town Alexandria is known for its historic culture and beautiful scenery. This city houses more than 200 restaurants and boutiques that each have a unique feel to add to the city.
As well, historic museums can be found all throughout Old Town. One particularly interesting museum is Gadsby’s Tavern where it is said the Founding Fathers used to dine. It is now filled with period objects and photographs to help show what it must have been like to dine there all those years ago.
Gulf Shores, AL
Gulf Shores is perhaps one of the better-known secrets of the south. While most tourists flock to Florida for white sand and blue water, those in neighboring states know you can find the same thing in Alabama. Gulf Shores has plenty of beachside restaurants, trails, and beach space for everyone.
Gulf Shores is host to the Hangout Music Fest, a music festival held by a restaurant called The Hangout each spring. Throughout the year, The Hang Out also has live music within their restaurant. Check their website for a calendar.
I hope this post is helpful in exploring some of the more underrated cities in the United States. If you want to read about what to pack in a travel backpack, check out this post. Thanks for reading my blog!