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What Are The Best Hidden Gems in US Destinations?

Travel Agent Lisa Iannucci November 23, 2016

What Are The Best Hidden Gems in US Destinations?

Photo courtesy of The Allison Inn & Spa

Do you think that just because you live in the United States, you know all the great places to travel? There are some travel agents who would like you to reconsider that. After all, it’s their job to know what’s popular and what the hidden gems are.

In Newberg, Oregon, there’s The Allison Inn & Spa, located just 25 miles from the Portland airport. Travel agent Tammi R. Van Volkinburgh describes this property as a LEED Gold-certified boutique property that has 85 rooms. “It’s built in the Pacific Northwest eco-lodge style with an award-winning spa, restaurant, and sommelier,” said Van Volkinburgh, an affiliate of Travel Experts. “It is in the heart of the Oregon wine country, which has more than 500 wineries within a 90-minute radius. All rooms have a gas fireplace, a balcony or terrace, which is perfect for dog owners, and beautiful views of the Yamhill valley.”

Jacob Marek said that his favorite "hidden gem" in the United States is Capitol Reef National Park in southern Utah. “It is a bit off the beaten path and doesn't receive as much attention as other nearby parks in the ‘Grand Staircase,’ but Capitol Reef is a true standout in the national park system,” said the founder and chief explorer of IntroverTravels. “Stargazers will appreciate some of the purest, blackest night skies anywhere in North America, so I recommend packing a small travel telescope to take in the immensity of the Milky Way.”

While Nashville is a destination that many people have heard of, Becca Fritz, marketing & communications manager of Luxury Trips, said that travelers may not realize how diverse the city really is.

“When you venture outside of Lower Broadway in downtown Nashville, you will be pleasantly surprised to find out that the rest of the city is not all country music and honkytonk,” she said. “Each neighborhood took on a different personality: East Nashville, 12 South, and The Gulch are all so charming and unique and the food – the food scene totally blew me away! If you have enough time, take the 40-minute drive out to Arrington Vineyard for the afternoon, a wine lover’s paradise with breathtaking views of the countryside. I could go on and on about how lovely Nashville was. If it’s not already on your list of places to visit, it should be.” Emily Ceruzzi, operations manager global connections, said that, in her opinion one of the most underrated places to travel is Dunedin, Florida, which she calls “delightful.”

“It’s a sleepy little town between Tampa and Clearwater, so it’s perfectly situated, both to get there and for things to do,” said Ceruzzi. “We have a resort there, Beso Del Sol Resort. Dunedin itself is small, but mighty, with art galleries, boutique shops, restaurants and bars. Honeymoon Island and Caladesi Island are a boat ride away. The on-site Marker 8 Tiki Bar and Grill serves adult beverages and has live music to entertain guests. Not to mention two pools and a hot tub, plus complimentary bikes to use on the Pinellas Trail.”

Sometimes, travelers find hidden gems when they least expect it. What hidden gem have you found?