If someone tells you they are going to the US on holiday, you will likely assume that they are going to one of the following:
- California; San Diego, Los Angeles, etc.
- Florida; Miami, Disneyworld, etc.
- New York; Manhattan, Brooklyn, etc.
- Hawaii; Honolulu, Mauna Kea, etc.
… and that’s pretty much it. There’s a good reason that we all make the above assumptions when we consider the idea of US holidays, too– the above states are by far the most popular with tourists.
However, there’s more to America than the “big” tourist states. America is a country of glorious small towns, rich history, and hidden gems. In fact, some of those “hidden” gems aren’t actually that hidden at all– they’re the capitals of their respective states, yet they never quite seem to draw the attention of the tourist crowd.
If you want to try something different the next time you head to the US, then exploring the three little-known state capitals below might just be the best way to do it…
Austin is one of the most intriguing cities in the US. As the capital of Texas, one might expect to the scene for the height of the values we all associate with Texas– conservatism, bigger is better, and oil. In reality, Austin is nothing like the state it is the capital of; it’s a liberal, metropolitan city that embraces its status as the slightly offbeat jewel in Texas’ crown.
Must See: The natural swimming grotto at Hamilton Pool is an essential day trip, and perfect for helping to cool off from the summer heat of the Austin sun!
Annapolis is a city rich in history, making it the perfect spot to visit if you’re a fan of exploring old buildings and architecture. Not only can you explore these areas on your trips around the city, but you can even choose to base yourself at a hotel that is steeped in history, such as The Annapolis Inn, the former home of the primary physician to Thomas Jefferson. So much of the accommodation in Annapolis has a similar story to tell, so you can soak up the history of this quaint, attractive city even while you’re sleeping.
Must See: The hiking trails at Quiet Waters Park are a delight, so try to set aside a day to explore them in all of their splendor.
Finally, Juneau — the state capital of Alaska — is an essential destination if you adore breathtaking scenario and a quaint, old-school feel. Surrounded by mountains on one side and the might of the Pacific Ocean on the other, Juneau is a stunning place to visit, and has a reputation for the quality of its seafood.
Must See: Take a day trip to the Tracy Arm Fjord, which is breathtaking in its majesty and beauty, and has been ranked as the #1 activity that those visiting Juneau should try.
There’s so much to see and enjoy in these state capitals, so why not plan a US holiday with a difference and give them a try?
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