Unusual US travel Destinations
An expansive and varied country, the United States has a lot to offer for those looking to travel off the beaten path. There are many remarkable, exciting and unusual destinations that you can take advantage of, whether you’re interested in the natural splendor of the country or an educational, historical experience. While the amount of unique travel locations in the United States is virtually limitless, here are a few of the top destinations that are just waiting to be discovered by you.
1. Dry Tortugas National Park
Seven islands, 100 square miles of open waters and a historic 19th century fort — it’s hard to imagine a more diverse and exciting marine location than the Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida. Camping and boating are both allowed within the national park, and the park itself is only accessible via plane or boat; even getting there is part of the experience! Explore coral reefs, go bird watching, take a boat around the area or simply learn more about the history of the fort. About half of the Dry Tortugas National Park is a Research Natural Area, and those visiting the national park can learn quite a bit about marine biology — perfect for families with kids. And if you get tired of the bright blue waters, mainland Florida is only minutes away
Located in Jefferson County, West Virginia, Harpers Ferry is an historic town primarily remembered for the American Civil War. Retail stores, restaurants and other activities are plentiful in the area, making it a superb location for those who want a relaxing, interesting and all-inclusive trip. Throughout the year, there are a variety of events held in the small town — which has a cozy population of only 300. And once you’ve had your fill of the historical sites within and around the town, you can stop by the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races for an exciting game of poker. The Hollywood Casino at Charles Town even offers thoroughbred racing throughout the year, including simulcast.
Scenery buffs will be entirely entranced by The Wave, located in the Arizona Strip. The Wave is an incredible sandstone rock formation, slowly carved out of the surrounding land by wind. Incredibly popular among both photographers and hikers, The Wave requires a permit to visit and allows only 20 individuals every day, so make sure that you get your permits early — Spring and Autumn are the hardest times to secure a pass, especially for those with large groups. The best time to visit The Wave is shortly after significant rainfall — after rainfall, the water collects at the bottom of the “waves,” and small shrimp and tadpole spawn there.
On the coast of Oregon is the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, home to both the Devil’s Chum and Thor’s Well. An incredibly popular outdoor site — with a visitor center, programs, camping, hiking and more — the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area is a combination of tidal pools, old forests and salt water fountains. In particular, Thor’s Well is a world famous site, where the sea itself appears to drop endlessly into an empty chasm. During whale season, Cape Perpetua is an incredibly popular whale-watching sight. Just watch out! High winds can make the site a little dangerous for visitors who aren’t paying attention. The visitor center includes a theater, bookstore and a children’s science center — great for families on vacation.
Next time you’re visiting Texas, you might want to stop by the Hamilton Pool, known as one of “the best swimming holes in Texas.” What makes the Hamilton Pool special and unusual? Hamilton Pool was created through the erosion of an underground river — today, it appears as though it is carved straight into the rock. The light green pool is inviting and warm, filled by waterfalls and surrounded by lookout paths, cypress trees, hiking paths and picnic areas. Hamilton Pool is well-known due to its appearances in a variety of movies, such as The Tree of Life.
Nature lovers can’t go wrong at The Sequoia National Park, home to some of the largest and oldest known trees in the region. Visitors are able to experience the Sequoia National Park in comfort at their gorgeous mountain lodge, or have a more authentic journey by staying at the Bearpaw High Sierra Camp, where they can camp in a tent under the stars. The National Park is home to a wide variety of wildlife and plant life. Visitors can also stop by the gifts and supplies center before they leave, for a variety of memorabilia.
This list is only an introduction to the remarkable, exciting and above all unique travel destinations available in the United States. From coast to coast, north to south, the country contains an incredible variety of cities, historical landmarks, national parks, museums and more.