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Five awesome under-the-radar American cities

These understated second cities definitely don’t stand in the shadows of their more showy neighbors. Each one is packed with hidden gems you won’t find anywhere else – so get set for some big surprises.

1. Savannah, Georgia (via Atlanta)

Not only is Savannah Georgia’s oldest city, it’s also said to be the most haunted place in America. Who’da thunk it? A spooky ghost tour is an absolute must when you’re visiting. If you’d prefer to stick to the safer side of history, we’ve got you there, too. Head over to the historical district to wander cobblestone streets lined with 18th and 19th-century homes against a backdrop of Spanish moss-laden oak trees. Dreamy.

Photo credits @katie-manning, @matt-briney, @hervbru7

Start your trip here:

  1. Check flights to Atlanta
  2. Stay at The River Street Inn
  3. Visit the Wormsloe Plantation

2. St Augustine, Florida (via Jacksonville)

Go to St Augustine and you might be surprised to learn you’ll be visiting the oldest city in the US. Expect the breath-taking Florida beaches you know and love, but this time surrounded by Spanish colonial architecture that gives the place a quaint, distinctly European feel. Take it all in from one of St Augustine’s famous hop on, hop off trolleys, or soak up the sun on a scenic boat tour along the Matanzas River.

Photo credits @philip-arambula, @troy-davism, @dan-cutler

Start your trip here:

  1. Check flights to Jacksonville
  2. Stay at the Kenwood Inn
  3. Visit the Fountain of Youth

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3. Oakland, California (via San Francisco)

Nestled on the other side of the San Francisco Bay, Oakland offers an even more alternative spin on the already obscenely cool California. Browse independent shops inside a converted horse stable, go on a walking tour of the city’s eye-catching street murals, and sample all the food trucks on offer throughout the many unique neighborhoods. Fly in direct or soak in SF first, then take the BART under the bay.

Photo credits @binh-nguyen, @michael-bradley

Start your trip here:

  1. Check flights to Oakland
  2. Stay at the Waterfront Inn
  3. Visit Oakland’s Chinatown

4. Portland, Maine (via Boston)

You’ve probably heard of Portland, Oregon – but have you thought about checking out its namesake in Maine? Located on a peninsula in Casco Bay, this coastal town is as beautiful as you imagine, and it’s also got a world-class outdoor adventure scene to keep you entertained. Fill your day with kayaking, white water rafting, and even moose watching before regaining your energy over the best freshly caught seafood in town. (We recommend hitting up The Highroller Lobster Co. – drool!)

Photo credits @david-anderson, @inera-isovic

Start your trip here:

  1. Check flights to Boston Logan Airport
  2. Stay at the Westin Portland Harborview
  3. Visit the Portland Head Light lighthouse

5. San Antonio, Texas (via Dallas)

Just a four-hour drive south of Dallas, San Antonio is the place to experience the true spirit of Texas. Check out historical hotspots like The Alamo and San Fernando Cathedral to see why people from the Lone Star State stand taller than most. Or head out on the famous River Walk to experience the best of its people and vibrant culture. What’s not to love about a riverbank lined with colorful umbrellas shading some of the best cafés, street food carts, and boutique hotels in town? See you there, cowboy.

Photo credits @henry-becerra, @weston-mackinnon, @pete-alexopoulos

Start your trip here:

  1. Check flights to DFW
  2. Stay at the Drury Plaza Hotel Riverwalk
  3. Visit the San Antonio River Walk

More inspo from America Calling

There’s more to explore across the US – check out our guides for recommendations, tips, and surprising destinations. Want to book? Hey, don’t let us stop you. We’ve got flights to all 50 states, all in one place.



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