Offbeat USA: Great Lesser-Known American Cities

When it comes to visiting the cities of the USA, a number of names will shoot to the front of people’s minds. New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C and San Francisco are all obvious choices. But sometimes one of the great joys of traveling is finding destinations that are a little bit off the beaten path that not so many people have been to in the past. With this in mind, let’s take a closer look at a few American cities that aren’t the location of a million movies and TV shows but still provide great places to visit this summer.

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Fort Worth, Texas

While Houston, Dallas and Austin may take a lot of the plaudits; Fort Worth is another great city that shows you just how blessed Texas is as a state. Many people are drawn in by the chance to enjoy an authentic American West experience. Websites such as can provide more information. For sightseers, the Cultural District offers a treasure trove of riches; while Stockyards National Historic District is the place to go for more information about the history of the place. Entertainment opportunities are ample, so you certainly won’t be short of activities on a trip to Fort Worth.

Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville stands out in the state of Kentucky for its liberal values in a largely Republican state. If you are looking to visit a destination where the dining opportunities are absolutely first-class; you need to look no further! You also shouldn’t miss out on some of Louisville’s famous bars where the party keeps going until 4 am! If you are more interested in the cultural side of the place; it is certainly worth checking out Louisville Slugger, the Speed Art Museum and Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft.

Tulsa, Oklahoma

The city where Chandler from Friends was once forced to move to would probably not appreciate being called underrated! But in relative terms, Tulsa is still not a hugely visited place in the country. The second city in Oklahoma is well-known for being home to two of the country’s most highly regarded museums; the Philbrook and the Gilcrease. The downtown area is also buzzing with life, with regenerated neighborhoods galore and plenty of young people drawn by the universities and ample career opportunities. If you happen to be there in October, you should certainly not miss out on experiencing one of the best Oktoberfests that the world has to offer.

Islamorada, Florida

When most people think about the Florida Keys; their minds are usually immediately drawn to Key West and everything they have either experienced or seen on TV. A lesser-known and more cultured spot is located further up the coast, but that’s not to say that you won’t be able to find a Full Moon Party if you are there at the right time of year! Ultimately, it is a place where you can go to blow off some steam and enjoy a different section of this great state.

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  • tara pittman

    I have been to Tulsa many times. We always travel through on the way to visit my mom.

    April 16, 2018 at 12:44 pm Reply
  • Sarah Bailey

    I have only ever been to America once but it is somewhere I would love to be able to go back to and explore more as it is such an interesting country.

    April 16, 2018 at 4:31 pm Reply
  • Daria

    It is great to find out about interesting places, that are so popular. I moved to the USA from Europe couple years ago, and there is still so much to discover!

    April 16, 2018 at 6:55 pm Reply
  • Kristi Ann

    So great to remember some of the less popularized places to travel!! The Full Moon Party sounds interesting!

    April 16, 2018 at 7:56 pm Reply
  • Reesa Lewandowski

    I love learning about off the beaten path places. Islamorda was one of our favorite places!

    April 16, 2018 at 8:41 pm Reply
  • Stephanie Pass

    I live very near Fort Worth, and it’s one of our favorite places to go out. It’s a very laid back town and different from Dallas.

    April 17, 2018 at 12:14 am Reply

    We thought about moving to Louisville at one point because there’s more to do there than Lexington, Kentucky where we used to live. My husband would have hated it, though, because he hates their basketball team LOL.

    April 17, 2018 at 10:35 am Reply
  • Ada

    I actually do not think I have been to any of these cities. Need to add them to my travel list soon.

    April 17, 2018 at 6:04 pm Reply
  • Athena

    I haven’t been to any of these places but really think they would be awesome to visit – especially with the kids. I love exposing them to so much…

    April 17, 2018 at 8:00 pm Reply
  • Cat

    Oh my gosh there are SO many places in the U.S. that I still need to visit!! These are only a handful of the places I need to go!

    April 17, 2018 at 11:26 pm Reply
  • Ruth I

    Sometimes, it is a good idea to travel in less crowdy places. Who knows what one can discover to these cities.

    April 18, 2018 at 1:14 am Reply
  • Evelyn, PathofPresence

    These are great selections! Interestingly enough I feel your selections are the epitome of the state from which the hail. They are all charming and great representations of each region.👍🏼

    April 18, 2018 at 1:51 pm Reply
  • Natasha

    I’ve definitely have never heard of Islamorada Florida and have visited Fl many times. This really peeks my interest to research is more to find spots to visit next.

    April 18, 2018 at 2:15 pm Reply
  • aurora

    I’ve been to Fort Worth and it truly is a great city. There are so many historical places to go. I’m not one to like historical places but it’s a great place to be!

    April 18, 2018 at 3:17 pm Reply
  • fashionmommywm

    You’re so right that people only think about visiting the obvious cities, but you have some great ideas here for those who like to think outside the box.

    April 18, 2018 at 6:28 pm Reply
  • Janice

    I’ve only been to the US once. I was only able to visit Los Angeles, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Michigan. I’d love to go back and visit these place on your list.

    April 19, 2018 at 1:19 am Reply
  • Mommy Rockin' In Style

    I wish I could get to visit all the places you have listed. Seems like they are great places to explore. Thanks for sharing.

    April 24, 2018 at 3:38 am Reply
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