The United States is the fourth largest country in the world by area. That’s a lot of land to explore. So, Americans say travelers need to expand their horizons by visiting these underrated American cities.
1: Madison, Wisconsin
Madison needs to be on more tourists’ bucket lists, according to one traveler. They describe the college town set between two lakes as having “Lots of great bars and restaurants.” It also “has a really nice bike/pedestrian trail system.”
2: Atlanta, Georgia
The fact that so many travelers skip over Atlanta baffles some residents. “People dump on it, but I love it,” says one person. Another agrees, citing “awesome food and music scenes, great cultural/historical attractions, and super diverse crowds almost no matter what you’re doing” as their reasons for loving Atlanta.
3: Portland, Maine
Forget about Oregon’s capital. Maine’s Portland is far too underrated, say several travelers. It’s “ludicrously beautiful at the shoreline,” and its lobster rolls are a must-try in-between visiting the town’s cute shops.
4: Savannah, Georgia
A Philadelphia resident says Savannah is a severely underrated destination. With its “super pretty” appearance, beaches with warm water, and a “laid back old South town” atmosphere, what more can one want?
5: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Fe is an excellent place for tourists looking for underrated cities, with over 300 people agreeing. New Mexico’s capital has “tons of art, great food, [and] mountains to hike and ski.”
6: Omaha, Nebraska
A native New Yorker says, ” I absolutely LOVED Omaha,” noting there was far more to do there than they expected. They found it to be “affordable, walkable, [and] friendly.”
7: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Travelers planning a vacation for the summer or fall would do well by choosing often-forgotten Milwaukee, say some. The architecture is stunning, and “the whole city [is] alive and buzzing” during the summer fest.
8: Detroit, Michigan
One tourist didn’t have high expectations for Detroit but left feeling like it’s an underrated American city. They say Detroit is “surprisingly beautiful, [has] plenty of history, and a thriving multicultural food scene.”
9: Flagstaff, Arizona
“What’s not to love?” asks one Flagstaff lover about the “college town at altitude.” They defend their position as Flagstaff being an underrated city, saying it has “good food [and a] great brewery and bar scene.”
10: Louisville, Kentucky
Those seeking underrated U.S. cities should make a beeline to Louisville, according to some travelers. The Whisky District and 4th Street Live make downtown great, and there are several unique neighborhoods to explore, like Old Louisville and St. Matthews.
11: Boise, Idaho
“Don’t laugh,” says the commenter recommending Boise as an underrated American city. “It’s a beautiful little city with a well-preserved downtown, nice new construction, walking paths along the river [and] surrounded by mountains.”
12: Sacramento, California
Sacramento is a favorite underrated American city for several Americans. It’s “One of the most diverse cities. Amazing food. The grid is walkable and flat.” As for those who don’t like the heat, Sacramento’s “trees absorb a lot of the heat.” Its location is also hard to beat. You “can travel 2 hours west and hit the beach, 2 hours east and you are in Tahoe. An hour away from wine country, and great farmers market.”
13: Chicago, Illinois
Americans need to ignore the bad press about Chicago’s crime and head to its downtown tourist area, say many tourists. “Chicago is architecturally the most impressive US city,” says one. Another agrees, “It’s also surprising how many folks I know who are born and raised Midwesterners who still haven’t made the trip to Chicago…it’s one of my favorite cities.”
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