Summertime is all about sunshine and open possibilities. Even though gas prices are not super friendly to the summer road trip itch, there are still plenty of places that are with visiting — and many of them might be closer to home than you thought.
This week, we asked Twitter what’s the most underrated city in the U.S. There’s no shortage of unique places to visit, and you can check out the full list of suggestions here. But here’s a few we think you should add to the top of your road trip bucket list:
One part of the Twin Cities, Minneapolis is known for its bounty of beautiful parks and lakes. This city is great for anyone looking to get some fresh air and enjoy the great outdoors while still enjoying some cool weather. If you’re looking for an active, outdoor getaway Minneapolis is the place to go. The city is also home to many art museums and sculptures. And if you’re up for a small drive, the Mall of America is just a few miles outside of town.
You may not know it, but Cincinnati has an incredible foodie scene. Findlay Market hosts tons of food and beverage vendors each week, hosting a diverse and delicious buffet of eats. You could find your new favorite meal here, When you’re done there, head over to the American Sign Museum to see five decades of funky, neon signs — ideal for “where did you take that pic?” selfies.
Atlanta may seem like the obvious pick for the city to stop in in Georgia, but some RELEVANT fans are adamant that Savannah is the place to stop. The Southern city is a great spot for a secluded getaway, with historic landmarks covered in cobblestone streets and Spanish moss trees. Don’t be surprised if you feel like you’re on a movie set, since there have been plenty of movies filmed in the town. While you’re there, take a quick trip out to the beach to enjoy some of the most beautiful sunsets in the country.
St. Louis, Missouri
If someone ever asks you to meet them in St. Louis, you should definitely say yes. There’s a lot more to do here than take a picture of the famous Arch. A fun and eclectic food scene is there for anyone who cares to do a little research, and don’t miss the City Museum — think less museum, more giant playground. When you’re done there, take a walk through the massive Tower Grove Park. You’ll feel like a little kid again in a giant, bright world.
Hear us out: we know the Western states have a reputation for exciting hikes in the mountains, the South has its own scenic vistas — although their secret locations are closely guarded by locals. Set at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Chattanooga is home to the spectacular Rock City Gardens and Ruby Falls. You’ll feel like you’re walking through a magical garden rather than a southern Tennessee city. From Lookout Mountain to the Raccoon Mountain Caverns, there’s plenty to visit and see here.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
New Mexico’s capital is full of eccentric places to visit. Start with the gorgeous Lorenzo Chapel, which contains a one-of-a-kind staircase with a miraculous origin story. Then, head over to the Canyon Road Arts District to interact with renowned artists from around the world who create unique, gorgeous art pieces and jewelry. Make sure you make time to hit the slopes, too — that’s right, Santa Fe is home to some spectacular ski resorts.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
If you’re looking for a cool place to hike (cool as in rad and cool as in colder weather), Colorado Springs is the perfect pick for your summer trip. Located just south of Denver, Colorado Springs is most notably home to the Garden of the Gods, a place that looks and feels like Heaven on Earth. There are plenty of trails and parks to visit, so you won’t pass the same place twice. It’s the perfect spot to get out in the great outdoors and reconnect with God’s Creation.
There are plenty of beach destinations in America, but one of the most underrated is located in Monterey. While many think Big Little Lies when they hear Monterey, the coastal California city is home to more than just big drama. Cannery Row, immortalized in the writings of author John Steinbeck, is a massive strip full of exciting cuisine and activities. Plus, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the biggest in the U.S. with over thousands of marine animals who live in the aquarium or in the nearby ocean.