Places to discover next

There are some US destinations, from New York City to Yosemite National Park, that seem to get all the attention. But this vast continent and its territories is also rich in places that don’t get the recognition they deserve, whether that’s because they’re harder to reach, are overshadowed by glitzy neighbors, or just haven’t been shouted about that much (yet). These are the underrated, less-visited (and typically less crowded) spots around the US perfect for exploring once we travel again. Only travel when it’s safe to do so, and be sure to check restrictions before heading to any of these destinations.

Coastal Mississippi

Also known as Mississippi Gulf Coast or, appropriately, “The Secret Coast”, this 62-mile (100km) stretch may be something of a surprise to those who think Mississippi is all blues, BBQ and bayous. This area has a bit of that too, of course, alongside caster-sugar beaches, casinos, golf courses and fishing piers. Idyllic, shell-scattered Ship Island is a short ferry hop away. COVID-19 measures are in place – check the official page for updates.

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