Some worthwhile vacation spots don’t get the attention they deserve or they have attractions that people tend to overlook. Choose one of these nine underrated vacation spots if you’re longing for an off-the-beaten-path getaway.
1. Branson, Missouri
While this destination gets regional attention, it still mostly flies under the radar. Attractions like the Titanic Museum and Silver Dollar City are fun for the whole family, and there also is scenic beauty at locales like Table Rock Lake and the Marvel Cave.
2. Las Vegas
If you think that Las Vegas is just casinos, think again. The casinos are here, but you’ll also discover incredible live shows, gourmet dining and upscale shopping. Go beyond the Strip to find natural wonders like the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
3. Carlsbad, California
Most people are more familiar with San Diego, but take a chance on Carlsbad. This is the home of LEGOLAND California and the place where you can visit the beautiful South Carlsbad State Beach. Don’t miss a chance to tour the Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park, the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve and the spectacular Alta Vista Botanical Gardens. If you’re looking for accommodation in the area, a Westin Mission Hills timeshare is a good choice.
4. Orlando, Florida
Most families come here to visit the theme parks, but they are missing out on other amazing attractions. Popular choices include watching alligator wrestling at Gatorland and renting a swan boat at Lake Eola Park. Don’t miss the Orlando Science Center and the charming Old Town amusement park.
5. Destin, Florida
A charming slice of Old Florida, Destin is often overlooked. It’s filled with quirky attractions like Big Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park, the Destin Harbor Boardwalk and the Destin History & Fishing Museum. Enjoy the beach at Henderson Beach State Park or James Lee Beach and take a fascinating tour of historic Fort Pickens.
6. Miami Beach, Florida
Other spots in Florida get more press, but you don’t want to miss this city’s Art Deco Historic District or the nightlife in South Beach. Soak in the scene from South Pointe Pier and relax at the fabulous botanical garden. The Bass is the place to be if you want to discover art and artifacts across the span of human history.
7. Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
From one end to another, this valley is nothing but fun. Can’t-miss attractions include the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Grand Caverns and Virginia Safari Park. Outdoor adventures abound with kayaking, horseback riding and much more. Stay in a deluxe timeshare to make the most of the experience.
8. Maui, Hawaii
Don’t overlook Maui with its Haleakala National Park. Dramatic snorkeling is found at Molokini and Kaanapali Beach should not be missed. The gorgeous waterfalls are just as beguiling as the beaches. A Westin Kaanapali timeshare is always a good option when on Maui.
9. Portland, Maine
Visit the Old Port for some of the freshest lobster you’ve ever tasted. Don’t miss the stately Portland Head Lighthouse or Peaks Island where you can rent a bike or kayak to do some more exploring. The Portland Observatory, gorgeous beaches and more all await you in this charming city.