Whether you live in a major U.S. city or are simply visiting, there are landmarks in certain cities that automatically leap out as ‘must-see’ inclusions. The United States has been around for nearly three centuries. During this time, some pretty incredible sites and landmarks have been constructed or discovered along the way. Some of these landmarks are so distinct that even people who haven’t been to these cities can tell you about these main attractions. Some of these places have become immensely popular tourist destinations with millions flocking to see what all the fuss is about. And while these landmarks are undoubtedly highlights, they can sometimes be a letdown for multiple reasons. These may include overcrowding, overpricing, and overhyped expectations to name a few.

Although famous places can be great, there is a host of other hidden gems that are just begging to be explored and experienced. This opposite end of the spectrum offers more secretive sites that are less traversed and can surprise in all the best ways. Places that are under the radar are usually less crowded and allow for a more pleasant overall experience. Discover our incredible collection of lesser-known places that are worthy of a few hours on your itinerary.

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Another upside of exploring hidden gems is that you’ll be among locals. When relocating to a new city, there’s never a bigger feeling of accomplishment than finding yourself at a locals’ hangout. When it comes to finding a place to stay, the hidden gem apartments by Blueground are located in the most ideal areas so getting to know a city is easy. The apartments are also beautifully decorated and fully furnished, allowing for a hassle-free moving experience.

 

Hidden Gems in NYC

Manhattan Bridge in New York City

Many people travel to the Big Apple and miss out on the true excitement of this wonderful city. Travelers visit to get a taste of New York City’s top sights, museums, and monuments. Yet, in the shadow of attention-grabbing attractions like the Empire State Building and Central Park lies a beautiful assortment of hidden gems. Many of them are hardly hidden to locals, but they often fall just outside the spotlight for visitors, especially first-timers. The Whispering Wall and the Sea Glass Carousel are just a few of the secret treasures waiting to be discovered.

 

Hidden Gems in L.A.

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Los Angeles is home to the most famous artists, adventurous dreamers, and driven creatives who make their way to the city to find success. L.A. is also a top destination for travel. From Disneyland to Venice Beach to the Hollywood sign, there are a number of must-see sights for any tourist to cross off their bucket list. However, for the experienced traveler looking for less cliché and more low-key sights, Los Angeles will surprise you an array of beautiful hidden gems such as Grand Central Market and Blue Ribbon Garden.

 

Hidden Gems in San Francisco

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Seemingly, everyone who visits San Francisco goes to experience the same places. Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz and, of course, the Golden Gate Bridge. But the City by the Bay offers a whole lot more than that. It’s such a fun city and there are endless possibilities for things to do. Some hidden gems include the Sansome Roof Garden and the Short Story Vending Machine. If you’re willing to embrace the unknown, there are plenty more undercover spots to unveil.

 

Hidden Gems in Chicago

Garfield Park Conservatory is one of Chicago's top 10 hidden gems

If you’ve ever lived in or considered moving to Chicago, you’ve probably heard about most of the basics. The freezing winters, the green river on St Patrick’s Day, the renowned architecture, the summer days on Lake Michigan and of course, the hot dogs and pizza. Although all of these characteristics are core to Chicago’s makeup, there are several hidden gems that add to the city’s charm. For example, the Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary and the Maxwell Street Market are only two of the endless gems that the windy city has to offer.

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