4 Great North American Travel Destinations for 2015

With the United States having 50 states to visit, big cities like New York City, Las Vegas, Chicago and Orlando are often the go-to choices. Yet some of the best destinations are those off the beaten path and not packed with thousands of other tourists. Here are four hidden gems to visit in 2015.

Park City, Utah

 

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Most famous as home of the Sun Dance Film Festival, Park City is an outdoor adventurer's paradise. Try biking, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, or zip-lining – you can even go bob-sledding at the Utah Olympic Park. Then head back to town and relax with five-star cuisine and spa services at one of the city's three world-class resorts.  

According to visitparkcity.com, here are some of the town's most interesting attractions and activities: 

  • The scenic drive to Provo Canyon
  • Mirror Lake Highway
  • Park City Food Tours

Asheville, North Carolina

 

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Nestled between the Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is the place to be for music and beer lovers. This historic town is known for its live music at local coffee shops and bars. It's also jam-packed with locals who have tried their hand at making their own micro-brew beers, and tours are available to take you around to all of them.

According to the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, here is a selection of the area's must-see attractions: 

  • The art deco architecture
  • Asheville Brews Cruise
  • The WNC Nature Center

Boulder, Colorado

 

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At over 5,000 feet above sea level and hidden within the Rocky Mountains, Boulder was recently ranked the #1 Sports Town in America. Its snowy mountain tops are perfect for all winter sports. After spending the day on the slopes, wine and dine like a pro, and enjoy one of the "Foodiest" cities in America.  

According to the Boulder Convention & Visitors Bureau, here are some interesting activities to do while you're here: 

  • Banjo Billy's Bus Tours
  • Boulder Brewery
  • Boulder Winery

Sarasota, Florida

 

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The perfect spring or summer vacation destination without all the college spring-breakers, Sarasota is home to one of the nation's top beaches, Siesta Key, with sand as fine and white as salt. Hit the beach on a warm, sunny day and then head to the downtown area to listen to live music, shop, or see local theatre performances.

According to visitsarasota.org, these are some of the area's must-see attractions and landmarks: 

  • St. Armand's Circle
  • The Player's Theatre
  • The Ringling Museum

There are two important factors to remember when visiting these off-the-path cities:

Transportation:  Part of the beauty of these cities is that they are nestled in remote locations and thus, they are not necessarily close to a major airport. Make sure to consider how you'll get to and from the airport as well as how you'll get around the city. Be in charge of your own schedule and transportation by renting a car. Be sure to check for Rent-a-car locations across the nation to make getting around any city easy and affordable.

Weather: Know the highs and lows of the places you are visiting so you can pack accordingly. Be aware of typical weather patterns – like knowing it usually rains for several hours every afternoon during the summer. Being able to prepare ahead of time allows you to make the most out of your trip. The National Weather Service can tell you weather forecasts as well as historic trends. 

No matter which of these cities you choose, you're sure to have an excellent time while you're there. Have you visited these cities? If so, what other attractions and activities would you recommend?