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Old 05-12-2021, 07:42 PM
 
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Looking for an escape from vacation clichés? Check out this list of the best off-the-beaten-path destinations across the United States.

Time for a little post-COVID travel!


These are great
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Old 05-12-2021, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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None of the Colorado listings are exactly what I'd call hidden gems. All of them, with the exception of Blue Lakes, are overrun by tourons every year. Brainard Lake is so overcrowded that they're switching to a timed permit entry system this year.
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Old 05-12-2021, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Queens, New York
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The one Vermont option isn't Stowe, Woodstock, or Killington, so I'll give it points for that.
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Old 05-13-2021, 12:33 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Any website about "Hidden Gems" that starts off with Mackinac Island, Michigan, can't be taken very seriously, I'm afraid.
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Old 05-13-2021, 02:02 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston-Dallas/Tricity
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Maybe not hidden gems, but I really like this website:
www.onlyinyourstate.com
So many places to explore, and all neatly categorized.
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Old 05-13-2021, 05:30 AM
 
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Is there a link to a list anywhere? I'm really bad at exploring clickbait.
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Old 05-13-2021, 06:18 AM
 
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Any website about "Hidden Gems" that starts off with Mackinac Island, Michigan, can't be taken very seriously, I'm afraid.
Exactly my first thought. Starts with "avoid the typical tourist traps" and gives a tourist trap as the first option.
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Old 05-13-2021, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Southern Illinois
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I’m bemused at the inclusion of the Salton Sea in CA. You can’t even take your dog for a walk in there because the fish can’t live in the foul water and then the birds die from botulism from eating the dead fish so everything living thing in the food chain dies and you’d have to watch your dog to keep it from eating any of the dead fish or birds whose bodies litter the lakeshore. Yeah, great place to send a tourist. It is beautiful and almost unearthly to drive by on your way to the date farms though.

Oh yah and those art colonies? I think they’re mainly thinking of Slab City, a place that literally has no laws and is very dangerous after dark or even daylight. It’s possible to go and it’s a very enjoyable experience but I went with a big group.
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Old 05-13-2021, 12:57 PM
 
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I couldn't access the Redbook link...so maybe this was mentioned, maybe not.


Purina Farms, in Missouri. It's been years and years since I've been there, but it's free to get in, and it's all about domestic animals. Dogs, cats, sheep, horses, cows...etc. It's an enjoyable way to spend the day. https://www.purina.com/about-purina/purina-farms/visit
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Old 05-13-2021, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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None of the Colorado listings are exactly what I'd call hidden gems. All of them, with the exception of Blue Lakes, are overrun by tourons every year. Brainard Lake is so overcrowded that they're switching to a timed permit entry system this year.
Really. I've been to Colorado once, forty years ago, to visit a friend who had moved from NJ to Colorado Springs, and Garden of the Gods was the first place she took me to. Twenty years after that, my neighbor's father died of a heart attack in the park while his parents were on vacation. So if people from 2000 miles away know about it, it's hardly a hidden gem.
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