If you plan on taking a trip abroad anytime soon, consider these underrated tourist destinations from around the world before you make any final arrangements. You’ll be happy you did!
When it comes to traveling the world some destinations have always been more popular than others. Famous cities such as Paris, New York City, and London receive millions of tourists each year. Likewise, nature parks around the world draw in millions of visitors annually as well.
On the other hand, many of the world’s best places to visit are vastly underrated tourist destinations. Cities, parks, and raw nature that are for whatever reasons passed up each year for the well-known and famous attractions such as the Great Wall of China and the Grand Canyon, in Arizona.
Once you find out about some of these underrated tourist destinations you may want to re-plan your upcoming vacation!
What’s so special about these underrated tourist destinations? Find out for yourself below!
Top 11 Underrated Tourist Destinations
1. Novi Sad, Serbia
Sitting on the banks of northern Serbia’s Danube River is the gorgeous European city of Novi Sad. For lovers of nature, culture, history, wine, good food, and friendly locals, Novi Sad is a basket of goodies waiting to be discovered.
One one side of the city and river sits the Petrovaradin Citadel and Fortress as well as the iconic Baroque clock tower. On the other side, are additional churches, the city’s synagog, and charming neighborhoods to stroll through and enjoy such as Dunavska Street.
Novi Sad is a highly underrated European tourist destination. The city is home to a score of lovely and significant historical sites, museums, vineyards, restaurants, hotels, entertainment venues and much more. It is also the hometown of the famous Balkan singer, Joli.
2. Lake Ohrid, North Macedonia
For those who love the water, but are itching for a new and exotic coast to try out, Lake Ohrid, located in North Macedonia is an excellent consideration. Similar to the Great Lakes of the United States, Lake Ohrid puts you in the mind of a small ocean or sea.
Situated in the mountainous border-region of North Macedonia and Albania, it is one of the oldest and deepest lakes in all of Europe. Furthermore, the ecosystem around the lake is crucial to the world, containing over 200 individual endemic species.
3. Williams, Arizona
A beautiful little town tucked away in Northern Arizona is Williams. Known as the gateway to the Grand Canyon, it is less than an hour’s drive away. Even more, Williams is more or less a town-size tribute to the Historic Route 66. The entire place is in the fashion of the early 20th century.
From Bearizona Wildlife Park and its bears, bison, and birds, to Pete’s 66 Gas Station Museum and the Route 66 Zipline, Willams, Arizona is quite the enjoyable tourist destination.
4. Cahokia, Illinois, United States of America
One of the most seemingly unknown and underrated tourist destinations on our list is Cahokia, Illinois. This once great city was the third largest in the ancient world. Cahokia boasts the largest pyramid base discovered on Earth. In its prime, the city included up to 600 kivas (small temples) and three miles of walled defenses.
You can visit this city-of-old by traveling to St. Clair County, Illinois, just east of the mighty Mississippi River. Located in the Greater St. Louis area, it’s easy to find. Today, Cahokia is classified as a village. It had a population of approximately 15,000 people at the time of the last census.
For history buffs and lovers of all things strange and mysterious, Cahokia is one of the most intriguing underrated tourist destinations in the United States by far!
5. Croatia (castles, cathedrals, and coastlines)
Croatia is an independent nation for nearly three decades now and is one of the newest members of the European Union (EU). The country is full of a wide variety of geographical treasures such as national parks(Kapački Rit, Krka, and Plitvice in particular), one-of-a-kind culture, beautiful cathedrals, and churches, as well as some of the most well preserved and gorgeous pebble and sand beaches in the world.
Croatia’s coasts are also a favorite of yacht club members around the world. Oh, yeah, did we forget to mention that Game of Thrones was filmed in Dubrovnik and Split? Yeah, Croatia is pretty much awesome.
Croatia is a very underrated tourist destination by Westerners. Aside from one-of-a-kind coasts that rival the finest Italian and Caribean beaches, the continental regions are also full of rich history and culture.
6. The Great Serpent Mound, Ohio, United States of America
The Great Serpent Mound located in Ohio Brush Creek in Adams County, Ohio, United States of America is a one of a kind historic landmark. Constructed by Native Americans (or so it is theorized), the Great Serpent Mound is an effigy mound of a snake with a curled tail.
The mound itself is approximately a meter tall and slightly over 1,300 feet long. Even more impressive, the head of the serpent is perfectly aligned with the setting of the sun on the summer solstice. Intriguingly enough, the coils are also aligned with specific equinox and solstices.
For fans of all things ancient and mysterious, the Great Serpent Mound is a genuinely remarkable tourist destination which is highly underrated.
7. Visoko, Bosnia
Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Visoko is another of the most underrated tourist destinations around the world for lovers of the outdoors and the great unknown. Located within a 15-minute climb from the city lie the ruins of what some people believe to be older pyramid-like structures than those at Giza.
Situated at a point on the Bosna river that the Fojinica river merges into it, the city of Visoko itself is a picturesque and bustling place. The city has an approximate population of 41,000 people. The excavation site of the “pyramid”, Tunnel Ravne and Ravne Park are just a couple of the fascinating archeological sites tourists will enjoy while visiting Visoko.
8. The Devil’s Tower, Wyoming, United States of America
The Devils Tower is a butte that appears quite like a gigantic tree stump perched above the Belle Fourche River. Located in the legendary Black Hills in Hulett and Sundance of Crook County, Wyoming, the massive “tower” is nearly 900 feet tall from top to bottom.
Available to the public 24-hours-a-day, there is no excuse for you to miss it if you’re passing through. The site has been legally recognized as protected land since the early 1900s. Could this protection have anything to do with the rumored motherload of gold waiting to be discovered underneath of the Devil’s Tower, or the unusually high UFO activity reported in the area?
9. Sante Fe, New Mexico
Possibly one of the most overlooked and underrated tourist destinations in the world, let alone in the United States, is Sante Fe, New Mexico. Steeped in old-timey western themes, as well as approximately 200 Native American art and cultural museums, the city is nothing less than uniquely American.
Sante Fe, in addition to its diverse nature, is also one of the oldest modern cities in the United States. It was founded over 400 years ago as a Spanish colony, almost two centuries before the American revolution. That said, the place is chock-full of significant historical sites and artifacts.
For the artistic heart, or nature lover seeking a whole new experience, Sante Fe, New Mexico (and the four corners region of the United States Southwest in general) is a beautiful and mysterious place to explore.
10. Budapest, Hungary
Among the European gems located along the Danube River, lies Budapest, Hungary. The city is bisected by the river and laden with beautiful structures and significant landmarks on both sides. The couple centuries old Chain Bridge connecting flat Pest with hilly Buda, allowing modern Budapest to exist as it does today.
The city is full of romantic atmosphere, historical museum and tourist sites to see dating back as far as the Roman eras. Beautiful churches, such as Matthias Church and Fishermen’s Bastion, both of which are hundreds of years old, dot the city giving it a noble feel.
Coffee shops, restaurants, novelty shops, and entertainment venues are perched along the river and through the sprawling streets of Budapest making it a never-ending, yet highly enjoyable, bombardment on the senses of visitors.
11. Prague, Czech Republic
Capital of the Czech Republic, also known as “the City of a Hundred Spires,” Prague is quite the site to behold. For a non-European tourist, the centuries old Prague is one of the most interesting and quizzical cities to explore.
Prague is known for many things, including the fantastic imperial castles, the Habsburgs’ summer residence, its old Jewish ghetto, and St. Vitus Cathedral.
However, there is far more to Vienna than meets the eye (despite what meets the eye is pretty awesome, to begin with!).
Among some of the most recommended tourist sites to see in Prague is the city’s magnificent old town square, Prague Castle, the Astronomical clock (especially when striking an hour), too many neighborhoods and streets to name, and a quirky one-of-a-kind KGB museum.
A Final Word About These Underrated Destinations
Depending on what sort of tourist you are, the world is full of underrated tourist destinations just begging to be visited and rediscovered.
Whether you enjoy experiencing strange new cultures, or merely beholding the beauty of the world in all its various forms, other exciting underrated tourist destinations include hundreds of World Heritage Sites and National Parks around the globe.
For those a bit more extreme, the Trans-Siberian Railway is another excellent and highly underrated tourist destination. It is the longest train in the world (over 5,750 miles) and connects Russia with Mongolia, North Korea, China, and other countries. The amount of nature, as well as far-flung cities along the way, is nearly limitless while riding the railway.
What do you believe are the most underrated tourist destinations around the world? We’d love to hear your opinion in the comments section below!
Good luck with selecting an interesting new tourist destination for your next trip!