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From coast to coast across the USA, travellers have a wealth of popular itinerary options to choose from when on vacation. However, those destinations that are often overlooked are sometimes the most interesting and exciting.

Here’s a list of off-the-beaten-path destinations for your next USA road trip.

Experience the Fervour of NASCAR in Charlotte, NC

Have you ever wanted to know what it feels like to speed around a raceway toward the checkered flag? The Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina offers insight into the exhilaration of the high-speed NASCAR chase.

The family-friendly venue hosts numerous races throughout the year and even allows visitors to get up close to the action by watching from the pits or trackside. (Additional fees apply.)

Check out this hotel and motel guide for insight into where to stay.

See the World’s Tallest Arch in St Louis, MO

You may have seen the familiar arched landmark in St. Louis, but did you know that you can visit the top of the 630-foot peak and take in panoramic views over St. Louis? For a small admission fee, guests can take an enclosed tram right to the top, where they can witness 30 miles of uninterrupted views of the city. This national monument (and the tallest manmade monument in the United States) is a fantastic must-see attraction for the whole family.

Explore National Parks Aplenty in Deadwood, SD

Did you grow up watching “Little House on the Prairie”? Are you a cowboy at heart? If you answered yes, then Deadwood, South Dakota, is the perfect pit stop, where you’ll not only learn about life in the Old West but also find the best of western sightseeing. From great destinations such as Yellowstone National Park, Mount Rushmore, and Devils Tower to the Badlands and the Black Hills, western lovers can tour to their heart’s content.

Get Lost in the Wilderness of Little Tybee Island, GA

If a weekend of bird-watching and adventures in the wild is what you’re looking for, then head to Little Tybee Island. Located 19 miles from Savannah, Georgia, this pristine and uninhabited island is home to several species of birds, including some endangered. Accessible only by boat, the landscape is one of the most beautiful on the Georgia coast and is a must-visit location for those who love nature and outdoor activities.

Join the Party in New Orleans, LA

Unique, exciting, extravagant, and historic are just a few words to describe New Orleans. With a mixture of culture, tradition, scandal, and folklore, this city is one of the best in the United States in which to let your hair down. No other time of year quite matches the enthusiasm of Mardi Gras, as tourists from around the world descend on the city every March to participate in the numerous parades that wend their way through the streets. Nowhere else can visitors enjoy music, dancing, great food, and wild parties such as those in New Orleans.

The United States is packed full of off-the-beaten-path places to see, delicious food to eat, and unique traditions to experience. Where will you visit on your next USA road trip?

About The Author

Freelance writer and blogger Charli has lived in 6 countries, driven 25,000km across Australia, explored the lush landscapes of Central America and the frigid winters of North America. Currently visiting St Kitts & Nevis she plans to explore the world one country at a time.

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