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Places like the Grand Canyon, Disney World and the Smoky Mountains are great vacation spots, but there are lesser known locations that are just as interesting. If you’re on the lookout for something a little different and off the beaten path, the following are five great travel destinations you’ve probably never heard of.
1. The Hearst Castle in California
This amazing castle built by William Randolph Hearst in 1919 is an exquisite combination of elegant beauty and Gothic mystique. It’s also an historic landmark. Located along the coast of California near the city of San Simeon, the estate features architectural brilliance and magnificent works of art. Visiting the Hearst Castle is a must-see destination.
2. Providence Canyon in Georgia
Located along the western border in southern Georgia, Providence Canyon is known as the “Little Grand Canyon” of Georgia. From the rim trail you can enjoy gorgeous rock formations and huge gullies. There are also hiking trails and areas where camping is permitted. An interesting part of the canyon includes an area where approximately a dozen junked cars from the 1950s have been left because it would be environmentally unsafe to remove them.
3. Commercial Street in Portland, Maine
Portland, Maine features an incredible street in the downtown area with lots of fun shops, great eateries, and an interesting vibe. You can take a culinary walking tour to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the restaurants. There’s also boat tours and whale watching available nearby to provide extra incentive to visit this unique spot in Maine. It’s worth the trip to Commercial Street just to enjoy the beautiful harbor and try one of the many incredible seafood restaurants!
4. Limestone Caverns in Montana
Also known as the Lewis and Clark Caverns, the Limestone Caverns in Whitehall, Montana feature amazing stalagmites, stalactites and helictites that are truly geological wonders. Guided tours are available from the beginning of May through the end of September. If you ever make the journey to southwestern Montana you’ll want to be sure and experience these breathtaking caverns.
5. Pecos National Park in New Mexico
The Pecos National Park offers both natural beauty and rich history. You can see stunning archaeological ruins as well as a battlefield from the Civil War. The park is less than 32 miles from Santa Fe, making it easy to visit both spots in one vacation. Only a few miles from the visitor center there are several restaurants to choose from in the village of Pecos.
The next time you’re looking for someplace a little different to explore, check out one of these fun destinations!
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