5 Great Under the Radar Destinations in the U.S.


Visiting some of the iconic and most famous places in the U.S. is certainly something everyone aspires to do, but there are also many amazing under the radar destinations which you would probably only pass by if you didn’t know about them. Not everything worth seeing is popular and some of the best places are hidden from the eyes of civilization.

1. Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan

You’ve probably been to Empire, Michigan, but have you heard about the Sleeping Bear Dunes located only 5 miles away from it?

Just along Lake Michigan, this dune was created naturally around 2,000 years ago by the power of wind which moved masses of sand from the Lake Michigan bluff which was around 234 feet in height. This beautiful wonder of nature is surely something you should visit while travelling across the U.S.

Climbing up the Sleeping Bear Dunes can be a little difficult if you’re out of shape, but once you arrive to the top you will have the opportunity to enjoy a wonderful view and a relaxing and refreshing way down. These dunes are not world famous and haven’t been commercialized but they are definitely wonderfully beautiful and should find their place on your ‘to-visit’ list.

2. Carova Beach, North Carolina

This secluded and intimate beach in North Carolina will give you all the privacy you may need, along with some peace and quiet as well as an amazing view. As this beach is located in the Outer Banks, you can only get there by boat or a four-wheeler, as there aren’t any paved roads to lead you there.


The shore line is 11 miles long, and if you choose to have a walk along it, you will be happy to see shells lying on the beach waiting for you to pick them up as souvenirs. This beach is so under the radar that there aren’t any hotels or motels you can rent when visiting, but there are rental homes to look for.

This is a great place to spend some romantic time with your loved one, enjoy some serenity or simply get away from the noise that rules the cities.

3. Boise, Idaho

Located around 41 miles east of the Oregon border and 110 miles north of the Nevada border, Boise is a beautiful city whose wonders have long been kept a secret. Once a military outpost, Boise is today a paradise for people who enjoy outdoor activities such as rafting, skiing, hiking and mountain biking.

The Boise River runs through the town and it’s amazing for rafting and swimming. Mountainsides are near the city outskirts and you will find amazing views which you should not miss if you have the opportunity to visit this part of the U.S.

4. Magic Gardens, Philadelphia

Magic Gardens located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania are a work of art that took around 14 years to complete. Famous and award-winning artist, Isaiah Zagar, spent almost a decade and a half working on these gardens to make them perfect in his eyes.

This piece of art spreads through 3,000 square foot of space, with galleries and gardens, and numerous artistic objects and shapes to tickle your mind. If you like and enjoy art, this is surely a place to visit.

This may be just one of the most intriguing and interesting works of art and it is surprising that it has stayed under the radar.

5. Lewis & Clark Caverns, Montana

Located in Jefferson County, Montana, these limestone caverns are among the largest ones in the Northwest and you can find them at the oldest state park of Montana. When you enter these caverns, you will see an abundance of stalactites and stalagmites, as well as helictites.

Many who have visited these caverns would rightfully argue that there aren’t any underground areas in the country that are more beautiful than this one. Stalagmites are shaped as if an artist has been working on them – it is a piece of art made by nature itself.

Lewis and Clark caverns are simply a wonderful place not many people know about, and you should put it on your list of places to visit if you like wonders of nature and natural beauty.