Some states teem with tourists. Places like New York, California, and Florida see a constant influx of out-of-state visitors. Other states are much quieter. This doesn’t mean that these less popular states are any less beautiful. If you’re looking for shopping and commerce, these states aren’t for you. But if you’re looking for a quiet time away from it all, which is what a vacation should be about anyway, then check out the following places.
The flight to Alaska is long and when you get there, there are no warm tropical beaches waiting for you. But this is your chance to get a glimpse of the Northern Lights and experience what life is like near the North Pole. There are mountains, trees, and serene lakes everywhere. And if you go in the summertime, you’ll never have to worry about getting lost in the dark. This state is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Delaware is a small peninsular state near New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. It’s often overlooked because people choose to go to Atlantic City, Philadelphia, or Baltimore instead. This means that while the Jersey shoreline might be packed with tourists, Delaware’s beaches are relatively empty. If you’re tired of price-gouging vendors and noisy beaches, spend a weekend in Delaware to really enjoy the seaside life.
When you think of skiing, what comes to mind? Aspen? Vail? Are you now conjuring images of crowded ski slopes, packed lodges, and long lines for the lift? Skip Colorado and head north to Wyoming instead. This state is often overlooked because there aren’t many big cities here. You’ll get to enjoy even better powder than what Colorado has to offer and there won’t be as many tourists flocking to the slopes.
Is your dream vacation to kayak or paddleboard across a quiet, mirror-like lake? Many travel guides will tell you to head to Lake Tahoe, but instead of going so far west, try Montana instead. This state is nothing but beautiful lakes set in the mountains. You can wake up to colorful sunrises and end your day watching another colorful sunset. There’s very little pollution so those colors aren’t made by chemicals in the atmosphere, but by Mother Nature herself.
Looking to visit Canada, but still stay in the US? Vermont is the place for you. This little New England state is right next to the Canadian border, so it shares a lot of similarities with our neighbor. There’s lots of maple syrup, and you may even run into a neighborhood of Francophones. And if you love skiing, head to Killington or any of the other ski mountains in the wintertime for some fun on the slopes. There’s no lack of hiking trails either, so you can visit any time of the year.