While it is great to plan a vacation to soak in the breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon or the jaw-dropping majesty of Niagara Falls – chances are thousands of other tourists will be right up next to you.
And while classic sites are a must-add to your bucket list – sometimes it’s the “hidden gems” available in plain sight that make for a truly unique travel experience.
So if you’re looking for a new place to visit where you’ve never been – and avoid the crowds – check out these hidden gems located right here in America.
Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia
Tucked away in the Allegheny Mountains – you’ll find Blackwater Falls, a 62-ft. cascade waterfall which flows from the Blackwater River down into the Blackwater Canyon.
This waterfall is easily accessible and can be seen from many angles – so it’s a family friendly option – or perfect for those who “don’t like hiking” an aggressive trail.
What makes this waterfall truly unique is the amber color hue of the water which contrasts against the gushing white bright foam as it roars down into the Blackwater Canyon.
There’s a reason this is the most photographed waterfall in all of West Virginia!
And if camping is your thing – there’s plenty of outdoor space to experience a night in the great outdoors.
Albert Einstein Memorial, Washington D.C.
Chances are, when you think about memorials in D.C. – you think of the classics everyone knows like the Jefferson, Lincoln, or WWII.
But one of the coolest things about D.C. is there are literally memorials everywhere – if you know where to look.
The Albert Einstein Memorial is located on Constitution Avenue on the grounds of the National Academics.
This 21-ft. bronze statue weighs a whopping 7,000 lbs., and shows Einstein leaning on a bench holding his famous mathematical equation with a starry map at his feet.
While this may not be worth making the trip out to see solely on its own – definitely add it to your bucket list if you’re vacationing in Washington D.C.
Driftwood Beach, Georgia
If you’re a history buff who also enjoys the serenity of a beach view – then a trip to Jekyll Island is a must.
On Jekyll Island, you’ll find Driftwood Beach, which is listed by USA Today as one of the best Southern beaches for a “weekend escape”.
The unique landscape of Driftwood Beach reveals bleached and preserved fallen trees that line the beach – making a site you won’t see anywhere else.
That coupled with the contrast of a stunning sunset make it a truly unique experience you’ll want to share with a loved one.
In fact, the official Jekyll Island tourist website reports Driftwood Beach continues to rank as one of America’s top ten “Most Romantic Beaches”.
Other Hidden Gems
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