The United States is an incredible country indeed. Though unified as one, it is a land of incredible contrasts, stretching from one beautiful coastline to another – we’re not going to say which is best! And whether you’re on one of those coastlines or somewhere in between, there’s always something incredible to check out just a short drive away.
Sure enough, there are the big things you want to see in the United States. We’re talking about the big skies of Montana, the depths of the Grand Canyon, and even the hustle and bustle of that incredible metropolis, New York City. But while there are definitely some “big” things you’ll want to see in your travels through the United States, there are some great hidden gems that are worth your time too.
Below, we’re going to share our 20 picks for the best hidden gems in the United States that you should absolutely visit. Depending upon where you live, some of these might even be familiar to you. However, we’re willing to bet even someone who’s had the chance to see all fifty states hasn’t had the opportunity to check out every item on our list… So, let’s take a look!
1. Biosphere 2 (Arizona)
Located in Oracle, Arizona, it turns out that “The Biosphere” isn’t just a passable movie starring Pauly Shore.
2. Bodie Ghost Town (California)
Built in the 1800s and abandoned in the 1920s, this is a real-life ghost town that you can walk through.
3. Camden, Maine
A wonderful little town on the coast of Maine has everything you could want, from rich local history to incredible restaurants and shops.
4. Mildred B. Cooper Chapel (Arkansas)
There are a lot of famous architectural wonders in the United States, but few as ornate and awe-inspiring as this hidden gem.
5. Dry Tortugas (Florida)
If you want the best beach in Florida, and you want to check out a cool fort, then you’ve got to go here.
6. Fly Geyser (Nevada)
When someone tried to dig a well back in the 60s, they inadvertently created this strange and beautiful wonder.
7. Smith Rock State Park (Oregon)
If you want to enjoy the roots of mountain climbing in the United States, then you have to check out the sheer cliffs of Smith Rock State Park.
8. Roaring Fork Motor Trail (Tennessee)
This amazing destination is located in Gatlinburg, and it offers some of the best hiking in the country, particularly during the autumn months.
9. Mendenhall Glacier (Alaska)
You’ll need to kayak in order to get there, but once you do, you’ll be able to enjoy the famous Mendenhall Glacier Ice Caves.
10. Meow Wolf (New Mexico)
This strange story museum is totally unique in the world, and “Game of Thrones” author George R. R. Martin has even become an investor.
11. The International Car Forest (Nevada)
There’s nothing more American than cars, and there’s no roadside attraction more American than this strange and unique wonder.
12. Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Ice Caves (Wisconsin)
Anyone who’s ever said that there’s nothing cool to see in Wisconsin has clearly never paid this location a visit.
13. Plaza Blanca (New Mexico)
Those who have ever wondered where Georgia O’Keefe drew the inspiration for her paintings should visit this natural beauty.
14. Byodo-In Temple (Hawaii)
Built in 1968, this is the closest you can come to visiting an actual Shinto shrine without leaving the United States.
15. Chiricahua National Monument (Arizona)
Caused by a volcanic eruption, the strange rock formations here look as if they were made by human hands.
16. Neptune Memorial Reef (Florida)
Located on Key Biscayne, this attraction is purely for scuba divers who can dive below the waves to check it out.
17. Garden of the Gods (Colorado)
Commotion caused by a fault line has created one of the most beautiful and strange natural stone wonders in the world.
18. San Juan Mountain’s Blue Lakes (Colorado)
For another incredible sight in Colorado, be sure to head up into the San Juan Mountain where you can check out this beautiful blue lakes.
19. Grotto of Redemption (Iowa)
Sometimes referred to as the “Eight Wonder of the World”, this man-made grotto holds many secrets.
20. Tamanawas Falls (Oregon)
Located in Mt. Hood National Forest, this beautiful waterfall actually flows over a cliff created by flowing lava.