There are tons of ultra-popular locations in the US to travel. According to TripAdvisor, New York City, Maui, Las Vegas, Oahu, and Orlando are America’s most vacationed destinations in 2018.

But there’s also countless other United States’ travel spots that are worth checking out – and some may surprise you!

Here are 7 surprising must-see US destinations that may need spots on your bucket list.

  • Santa Fe, New Mexico

Founded in 1607, Santa Fe is not only the nation’s oldest state capital but also the highest state capital, sitting at an altitude of about 7,000 feet above sea level.

Its rich history breeds incredible art, music, and boutique shops featuring colorful handmade clothing and sterling silver jewelry at every street corner.

Enjoy sweeping mountain views as you dine at some of the world’s greatest Native American and Mexican influenced eateries – many critically acclaimed by the James Beard Foundation.

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  • Portland, Maine

Portland is a bustling old port city, featuring factory buildings restored into corner pubs, chic restaurants, and “made-in-Maine” specialty shops. This small city is easily walkable along beautiful cobblestone streets.

Sitting on the Casco Bay, Portland boasts some of the world’s freshest seafood (especially lobster!). After dinner on the Bay, explore Portland’s nightlife featuring local street bands.

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  • Badlands & the Black Hills, South Dakota

Take the ultimate road trip along the winding mountain roads and rolling prairies of South Dakota. Stop at the iconic Mount Rushmore monument for a photo-op or at Custer State Park, where you’ll probably spot wildlife like bison, deer, elk, prairie dogs, and hawks.

Experience the true “Wild West” in South Dakota’s beautiful, unspoiled landscape.

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  • Utah

With deserts, mountains, canyons, lakes and rivers, Utah is the adventurer’s paradise. In Utah’s ridged mountains, you may want to hike, climb, or horseback ride. On the water, hop on a boat and go fishing or river rafting. With about 33 percent desert, Utah is perfect for a wild off-roading journey through desolate sand dunes. And without a doubt, Utah’s Slot Canyons are one of Mother Nature’s finest creations.

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  • Washington State

Home of one of the country’s largest temperate rainforests and Mount St. Helen’s (a big volcano!), Washington State is perfect for the outdoorsy type. Even for those who prefer indoors to outdoors, visit one of Seattle’s many coffee shops on most every street corner. Wondering why the coffee surplus? Coffee is recognized as the state’s official drink!

Wine over coffee? Washington is also the second-largest wine producing region in the US, generating wine shop staples like Chateau Ste. Michelle and Columbia Crest.

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  • Nantucket, Massachusetts

Nantucket could very well be the perfect summer destination. Its picturesque dune-backed beaches, cobble-stoned streets, and unpainted cedar-shingled houses look much like a painting. The epitome of New England charm, Nantucket’s ritzy shops, restaurants, and inns make for an extra special island getaway.

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  • Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Hunker down in a log cabin during the winter or hang by a mountain-lined pool during the summer – Jackson Hole is a destination that’s equally incredible during every season.

In the colder months, experience unparalleled snowboarding and skiing, or hop on an exhilarating dog sled tour. During the warmer months, ride white water rapids, golf at breathtaking courses, or find an event at the Grand Teton Music Festival.

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