You’ve finally made it to the middle of Times Square or Hollywood Boulevard or Miami Beach. You’re ready to snap your Instagram shots, take in the scenery and live your perfect vacation. Everything is going to plan … except you keep bumping into hundreds of other people that had the same idea as you did.
There’s no denying that there’s a thrill to the iconic landmarks of big destinations, but sometimes, all you want is to be able to actually enjoy your vacation. If you’re the kind of person who would rather not share amazing places with hordes of tourists, opt to skip the lines and dodge the crowds by heading to these alternative American cities instead. While larger destinations like New York welcome a whopping 65 million visitors every year, we guarantee that these cities attract closer to 5 million or much less.
Some still have the entertainment of big cities, while others have the peace and quiet popular places lack. But, no matter what, they all have one major perk: You won’t be rubbing shoulders with large tour groups any time soon.