When we think of the United States, our minds are instantly filled with images of iconic destinations: the skyscrapers of New York, the twinkling lights of Las Vegas, the sunny beaches of California, the mythical Route 66 or the majestic national parks of the Wild West. However, America is full of unusual places that promise you an unforgettable travel experience. In this article, we invite you to embark on an off-the-beaten-path journey across America. We will go in search of little-known, but no less exceptional and picturesque places, cultural nuggets and natural treasures that will amaze your adventurous spirit.
Travelers looking for adventure or simply curious to explore a little-known aspect of this vast country will love these destinations, true hidden gems that allow you to discover this nation in a new light. Whether you’re planning your trip on your own or with the help of a travel specialist in the United States, there’s no doubt that these destinations will make you want to travel.
The Amazing Fairy Chimneys of Bryce Canyon (Utah)
One of the most extraordinary natural landmarks in the United States, Bryce Canyon is often overshadowed by its more famous neighbor, the Grand Canyon. Nevertheless, its unique fairy chimneys create a landscape worthy of a fairy tale. These rock formations, eroded by time, stand majestically there, evoking towers sculpted by invisible hands. And above all, the color palette from red to pink to orange creates a dazzling visual spectacle, especially at sunrise or sunset.
The magic of Joshua Tree National Park (California)
Welcome to a mystical universe where the desert and the strange trees of Joshua Tree intermingle. This national park in the southwestern United States offers a panorama of lunar landscapes dotted with singular cacti. Under a breathtaking starry sky, astronomy enthusiasts will be delighted. During the day, adventurers can also climb huge rock formations for breathtaking views and souvenir photos.
New Orleans (Louisiana): The Hidden Pearl of the Old South
While New Orleans is often associated with the Mardi Gras holiday and its lively vibe, it also reveals a more intimate and historic side. Lose yourself in the alleys of the French Vieux Carré, soak up its colorful and old-fashioned colonial architecture, and let yourself be seduced by the jazz music that floats in the air. New Orleans is a unique cultural melting pot, steeped in voodoo traditions and Creole cuisine that will delight foodies’ taste buds.
In the footsteps of the ghost towns of the Wild West in Bodie (California)
Step back in time to the Gold Rush era (between 1848 and 1856) as you explore the ghost towns of the Wild West. One of the most notable is Bodie, California. Once bustling with gold miners, this abandoned mining town now seems frozen in time. Crumbling buildings to visit, dusty streets, and artifacts left untouched offer a fascinating dive into the tumultuous past of the American West.
Les Great Smoky Mountains (Tennessee et Caroline du Nord)
Are you looking for unspoilt wilderness with a unique ecosystem? The Great Smoky Mountains, a mountain range on the border between Tennessee and North Carolina, are a haven of peace. With incredible biodiversity and stunning hiking trails, this place is a paradise for nature lovers and long hikes. Don’t miss the mystical mist that creeps between the peaks, creating an almost fairytale atmosphere.
On the trail of UFOs with the enigmatic Area 51 and the Extraterrestrial Highway (Nevada)
Area 51 is a military base in the Nevada desert that has been shrouded in mystery and conspiracy theories for decades, including potential research into alien technology and advanced military experiments. Although access is prohibited, this has not stopped the curious and ufology enthusiasts from going to the area to try to catch a glimpse of strange phenomena in the sky or unravel the mysteries of this mythical base. It is also possible to drive along the Extraterrestrial Highway (or Route 375), a remote road that is particularly scenic. You can discover signs, sculptures and works of art on the theme of aliens, creating a unique atmosphere. Enough to soak up the strange and intriguing atmosphere that reigns in this region.
The Carlsbad Caves in New Mexico
The Carlsbad Caves offer a truly magical experience for nature and adventure lovers. Wandering through these rock formations transports you directly to a magical and surreal underground world. Added to this is the possibility of sleeping in an underground chamber after a day of exploring. Enough to retreat to a cocoon of calm and serenity, surrounded by magnificent stalactites and stalagmites. This then creates an almost unreal atmosphere and also allows for a deep connection to be made with the underworld. Lovers of unusual tourism will never forget this rare opportunity to spend a night in a unique place while appreciating the singular beauty of these thousand-year-old geological formations.
Branson, Missouri to experience the beauty of the Midwest
Nicknamed the “Las Vegas of families”, this very authentic little town is a destination that is still too little known and offers a surprising contrast to the large urban centers and national parks often popular with travelers. Renowned for its friendly atmosphere, Branson offers a unique variety of entertainment with its many theatres offering country music, comedy and variety shows. What’s more, this scenic destination is nestled in the Ozarks, offering beautiful mountain and lake scenery for hiking and outdoor activities.