Top 10 lesser known US highlights

The Grand Canyon, the Big Apple, the Golden Gate Bridge, Niagara Falls...there are some US sights that we'd all write down as 'must-sees' on a visit to the States.

But, believe us, in amongst the 'big boys' there are some amazing, lesser-known places that the TrekAmerica team have fallen in love with over the years. Here are our 'perfect ten' – let us know yours over on Facebook and Twitter!

 

Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Antelope Canyon

The wonderfully weird Antelope Canyon is made up of cave-like canyon 'slots', with rays of light making their way down to light up the red rock corridors. The perfect spot for some incredible photos!

 

Destin Beach, Florida

Destin Beach
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With white sand unlike any other in the States, Destin offers up an alternative to the built-up city beaches of Miami and Orlando. The soft, fine sand here is almost pure white, and the sea of the Emerald Coast is a stunning blue-green hue. Take a dip and watch the sun set in these incredible surroundings.

 

Seligman, Arizona, Route 66

Seligman, Route 66

Sure, Route 66 is pretty famous, but have you heard of Seligman? Known as the birthplace of historic Route 66, this stop-off town has preserved old-time Americana perfectly. Think banged-up vintage cars, road trip memorabilia and quirky cafes. Make sure you stop off at Delgadillo's Snow Cap Diner for a big ol' plateful of classic diner grub and a souvenir tee.

 

Ocoee River, Tennessee

Ocoee River, Tennessee

The Ocoee River flows 93 miles through the Appalachian Mountains in the Southeastern US states, and offers up a hefty dose of white water rafting opportunities through incredible surroundings. With names like Broken Nose, Tablesaw and Slice-n-Dice, these rapids are perfect pickings for all you thrill seekers.

Raft the Ocoee River on the Atlantic Dream!

 

Kenai Fjords, Alaska

Kenai wildlife Alaska
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Spot bears, sea otters and even whales at Kenai Fjords in remote Alaska. A land dominated by glaciers, around 40 of these ice rivers flow from Harding Icefield, shaping the terrain as they go. A truly beautiful sight, you can hike the glaciers themselves or just bask in the rugged landscapes.

 

Salvation Mountain

Salvation Mountain

Bright, colourful and powerful, Salvation mountain is a visionary site covered in artwork made from adobe (mud brick), straw and lead-free paint. Covered with Christian sayings and imagery, even if you're not religious you'll find yourself appreciating the unusual beauty of the artwork.

 

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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You'd be forgiven for thinking this picture's a painting, or a scene from a sci-fi movie. Nooope. This is a real place. On actual planet Earth. In New Mexico, in fact, where you'll find Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Visit Carlsbad Caverns on our Coast to Coast South

 

Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham Alabama
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Named after a certain city in the UK's West Midlands and known as 'Magic City', Birmingham is one of the lesser-known stop-offs in the Deep South but still packs a mighty punch. In the 1960s, Birmingham became a hotspot for the civil rights movement. Nowadays, you can learn all about the movement and Martin Luther King Jr, followed by a spot of Southern hospitality and live music.

 

Flaming Gorge, Wyoming/Utah

Flaming Gorge
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Watch the Green River gently flow by from an amazing vantage point at Flaming Gorge. Catch a sunset across the red-tinted landscapes as you settle in for a night camping under the stars.

 

Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Sat on Hawaii Island, also known as 'Big Island', one of the most active volcanoes in the world creates incredible landscapes. Hike trails across smoking ground and old lava tubes, and gaze upon the glow of the lava from Jagger Museum Observatory. Volcanoes National Park is definitely hot stuff!

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