Here are 15 cities, full of things to do, see, and eat, that may be overlooked when you are sitting around planning a vacation or weekend getaway. And that’s a real shame, because, in the emerging pandemic travel era, these destinations may be just what the doctor ordered.

We’ve included small towns from across the United States, along with larger cities that seem to get passed by (and shouldn’t). These are destinations full of outdoor activities, scenic drives, vibrant art scenes, rich history, fine dining, museums, and lots of wonderful attractions.

Enjoy our recommendations and start planning a trip to one of the underrated places to visit in the U.S. Fall and winter will be off-season for many of them, a perfect time to take advantage of lower rates, but we're also big believers that the perfect time to visit is when it works for YOU.


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I have a few more underrated – or perhaps merely overlooked – cities that are on my to-visit list. We recently went to San Luis Obispo, read about our stay there, and it’s possible to get to one more before the end of the year. It’s so great to be back traveling again!

Where do you want to visit?