If you’re thinking about a vacation closer to home, any advice you receive may sound like a broken record. Go to Montauk—for the beaches. Go to New Orleans—the food’s to die for (as is the jazz). Go to Vegas—what happens there, stays there. We won’t blame you if this repetitive information blast has given you an impression that America is the Beautiful is quite small.
But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Look between the cracks and you’ll see that our country is big. Really big. For every well-groomed resort you read about in a travel mag, there’s an unsung artsy, foodie haven. For every over-documented vista you see on Instagram, there’s an au naturaldestination out there, yours for the photo-taking. Herein, we’ve compiled the 15 best under-the-radar American escapes. So read on, and happy travels.