How many hidden places in the USA do you know about? Even though many people think they had this country all figured out from head to toe, there are still many off-the-beaten-track places to visit. So just forget about all the popular tourist attractions and hit the road to places that not many people have seen before. And especially nowadays with all the hard restrictions to travel abroad, you can just travel in your own country and be in the presence of breathtaking hidden gems. Keep on reading to know all about hidden places in the USA you never knew existed (probably).
1. Apostle Islands, Wisconsin
Did you know that there are 21 gorgeous islands in Lake Superior in Wisconsin? They are some of the best hidden places because they are filled with picturesque lighthouses, lush forests, and spectacular caves, and by the way, this is the world’s largest freshwater lake! The Apostle Islands is currently the home to some of the most breathtaking landscapes on Earth, which is why it has become a federally protected area. If its beauty is not enough reason to visit, then know that the Stockton Islands (one of the islands) is where the phenomenon of singing sands is located.
2. Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, Tennessee
It’s sad to realize that The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is one of the most overlooked hiking trails in the USA, and also one of the greatest hidden places of all time. You could have zero knowledge about photography, but you would still take wonderful pictures due to the amazing scenery. If you went on a hike on this Tennessee’s trial, you will be in awe of all the breathtaking views, especially when you stand in front of the fastest and biggest flowing mountain stream in the US. also, don’t forget to take a picture of the rainbow that’s always over the 80ft tall Rainbow Falls.
3. Hamilton Pool Preserve, Texas
Some people know Hamilton as a popular musical, but real travel enthusiasts know it as this magnificent piece of nature that is still considered a hidden place and treasure! The Hamilton Pool Preserve was created thousands of years ago when the dome of an underground river collapsed, and today, the pool creates 50 ft tall waterfall. Before, only 5 people were about to access this hidden gem due to the difficulty of getting transportation in there, but it’s slowly becoming a tourist attraction. That’s why you need to quickly get on there since the number of people is still limited, and enjoy a great summer/spring vacation ever!
4. Garden of The Gods, Colorado
Garden of The Gods is basically a biological melting pot with stunning red rock formations that meet rich green forests, so when you are there, you will truly feel like you are in the home of Gods! This marvelous place includes five different ecosystems: mountain shrub, prairie-grassland, cottonwood-willow, ponderosa pine, and pinyon-juniper. And the best part about it still being a hidden place is the entrance that is still free of charge. The owner of the land, Charles Perkins, had a last wish and it’s to keep the Garden open to the public forever.
5. Block Island, Rhode Island
It’s really shocking when you see such a gorgeous place not getting many visitors, but that’s actually a great thing for people like us to enjoy freely. The Block Island is truly a gorgeous, hidden place and it’s located close to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Perhaps, there are many touristic places around the region that leaves Block Island to remain almost crowd-free. There are many great hiking trails across that island you can add to your bucket list.
6. Brainerd Lakes, Minnesota
One of the least popular states in the USA is Minnesota, making The Brainerd Lakes one of the greatest hidden places to visit during your vacation. It’s actually living proof that Minnesota is not so bad, at least not for those who can handle the cold anyway. The Brainerd Lakes contain more than 500 beautiful lakes with countless miles of green forests and serene water to help anyone relax, forget about their stressful busy days, and allow them to connect with nature peacefully, especially that there won’t be many people around.
7. Thor’s Well
Have you ever heard of Thor’s Well? Exactly, it’s a hidden place that is also a magnificent treasure. This well is sitting on the edge of the Oregon Coast, and it’s basically a giant sinkhole that never fills, despite the powerful stream that always flows into it. Thor’s Well is a hole that was dug out by the waves, and it is one of the biggest natural wonders that you must see yourself to believe. But don’t dare to come very close or challenge yourself into a dangerous bet because it can be very risky.
8. Fly Geyser, Nevada
We saved the best for last: one of the most unique hidden places in the USA is this incredible Fly Geyser. This list wouldn’t be complete without it! Located in Nevada, the Fly Geyser was created in 1961 by accident during the drilling of an artesian well. The water comes out of it in different colors, which is the result of different mineral deposits, like iron and sulfur. The vibrant colors and the unique shape creates a mystical steaming pout, which makes this place looks like it came out of a fairytale. So if you ever in Nevada, visiting the Fly Geyser must be a necessity.