3 Underrated Cities To Visit In The USA

For many who've grown up on pop culture and MTV, the USA is a bucket-list destination. But although many will achieve their dreams of visiting the land of the free, most stick to tourist hot spots like San FranciscoLas Vegas, Los Angeles or New York City.

Whilst these places definitely have their own merits and still need to be seen to be believed, it's important that travellers, tourists and even American citizens themselves that the time to visit the more underrated cities that the USA has to offer.

Why? Because we believe you can never truly know a country until you've seen the underrated cities. The problem with touristy cities is they are designed for tourists - which can be a good thing or a bad thing, but either way it's not the real country. To know the real country you have to walk off the beaten track and into the (relatively) unknown.

So today we're going to talk about three underrated cities to visit in the USA:


San Antonio despite it's Spanish name (which translates to Saint Antony) is actually located in Texas, not Mexico. This is because it was originally Spanish, then Mexican and it wasn't until the Mexican-American war that it became American. San Antonio is the second most populated city in Texas and actually is the seventh most populated city in the whole of the USA! 

It has a lot to offer to visitors: from world heritage site 'the Alamo' to the River Walk, from theatres to museums, to markets to cinemas, San Antonio has it all - and so much more! It also has a SeaWorld, but please don't visit there - like all SeaWorlds it's an extremely cruel and unnecessary place. Instead perhaps try a tour of the natural bridge caverns - simply stunning!

There are many great places to stay in San Antonio - from B&Bs to resorts, there's surely something for everyone's tastes and needs.


Honolulu is the largest city of Hawaii, but perhaps due to Hawaii's isolated location, or perhaps due to the fact that Hawaii is predominantly seen as a beach destination, Honolulu is still an underrated city.

This is unfair as Honolulu has so much to offer, from nightlife to churches, it even has a Chinatown! But where Honolulu truly shines is with shopping - did you know Honolulu has the largest open air shopping centre in the world? Well with weather like that how could they not!

Be sure to check out the cheap Honolulu hotels.

And be sure to pay your respects at the Pearl Harbour National Monument and USS Arizona Memorial. 

Last, but certainly not least, we recommend getting high (no not like that) for Honolulu's incredible sunsets by having dinner at Top of Waikiki - as it's a rotating restaurant you'll get 360 degree views! 


Portland, the largest city in Oregon, is so close to the Canadian border you'd be forgiven for thinking it's part of Canada. With its gorgeous parks, cool coffee shops and friendly locals it's an honorary Canadian city! But don't worry, it's still part of the USA and an underrated city at that. 

When it comes to things to do in Portland, visiting at least one of their beautiful parks is a must - personally we favour the Portland Japanese Garden, but Forest Park and National Park are also gorgeous. 

A historical walk to sites like Old Church and Union Station is also recommended, and perhaps an afternoon in one of their fun museums - Oregon Science Museum for dinosaurs and/or the Portland Art Museum. 

Luckily, there are plenty of cheap hotels in Portland. So you can treat yourself in other areas, like a fancy dinner out. 

And whilst you're so close to Canada, you may as well extend your trip and visit Vancouver too - let us know which city you prefer!

So there you have it, three underrated cities you simply must visit in the USA, perhaps you can put them on your 2018 bucket-list, or perhaps you've already visited one or more of these cool cities. If you have, let us know in the comments below your top tips to help out fellow travellers!

What do you think is the most underrated city in the USA?

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