New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami. When asked which cities in the US they’d most like to visit, travellers often tend to go for a few usual suspects. However, in a country the size of the US, you’re bound to find some hidden treasures.
Here are some of the less famous US cities that should be on your travel bucket list.
1. Detroit, Michigan
A host of new developments and revamps of old buildings are waiting to be explored and if the slightly underground feel of guerrilla gardening and bohemian communities is your thing, Detroit is the destination.
2. Portland, Oregon
You’ll find microbreweries, quirky stores, indie bands and an eco-conscious lifestyle, not to mention lots of green spaces.
3. Aberdeen, Washington
As you enter the town, a sign tells you to ‘Come As You Are’, a nod to the fact that Aberdeen is also the birthplace of Nirvana.
4. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
It is, after all, the birthplace of Andy Warhol too and Pittsburgh has a lively cultural and contemporary arts scene.
5. Providence, Rhode Island
The annual WaterFire is a showcase of the city’s creative spirit and with both Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design located here, Providence has the young energy of a college town.
6. Austin, Texas
7. Baltimore, Maryland
8. Tulsa, Oklahoma
In its heyday, Tulsa was home to oil barons who built fabulous art deco structures, giving the city one of the highest concentrations of this architectural style in the US.
9. Louisville, Kentucky
The city also features a lively indie scene and the largest municipal forest in the US.
10. Buffalo, New York
If the historic architecture, galleries and museums, craft breweries and delicious local cuisine aren’t your thing, you’ll find plenty of gorgeous parks and a rocking nightlife.
11. Portland, Maine
When the weather is good, you’ll also want to go out on the water and enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery.
12. Missoula, Montana
There’s a lively arts and cultural scene but the main attraction is the great outdoors.
13. Omaha, Nebraska
There’s a vibrant foodie and cultural scene and the Henry Doorly Zoo is regarded as one of the best in the world.
14. Nashville, Tennessee
Naturally you’ll find plenty of live music here and a favourite night-time activity is honky-tonking, better known to most people as bar-hopping.
15. Asheville, North Carolina
The surrounding mountains and waterways combined with the subtropical climate make Asheville a paradise for lovers of the great outdoors too.
16. Boulder, Colorado
It’s a very sporty place too, with serious athletes coming here to train at high altitude and less serious athletes opting to cycle or hike in the stunning countryside.
17. San Diego, California
Great beaches, parks, aquariums, zoos, a vibrant nightlife and a splash of Mexican flavour due to its proximity to Tijuana make San Diego a wonderful find in Southern California and if that’s still not enough to convince you, San Diego is also renowned for its craft beer.
18. Santa Fe, New Mexico
Georgia O’Keeffe was just one of the artists who found inspiration here and "A Song of Ice and Fire" author George R.R. Martin has made Santa Fe his home too.
19. Salt Lake City, Utah
In fact, the vibe here is surprisingly liberal and mellow and the surrounding mountains are popular with hikers, bikers and skiers.
20. Minneapolis, Minnesota
Probably the best endorsement for the city’s charms is that fact that local boy Prince chose to stay here for most of his life.