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Often, we ask for suggestions from friends or search online for any tips from extensive travel bloggers. Well, why not try something that is off the beaten path? Why not go away from the crowd, create your own trail and forget what travel guides tell you? Here are not-so-popular, underrated destinations to kick-start your wanderlust.

1. The Outer Banks, North Carolina

This North Carolina beauty is seriously underrated! The Outer Banks offer you miles of un-crowded beaches that seems to offer endless possibilities. But there are already plenty of rental homes, hotels and other lodging houses for your comfort. For water lovers, there are tons of water activities to choose from – kayaking, dolphin watching, beach bum fishing and a lot more. You can also take a walk at the neighboring towns and go to Duck Soundside Boardwalk, visit lighthouses and historic attractions at Cape Hatteras National Seashore or go hiking and discover hidden treasures at Buxton Woods or Nags Head Wood Preserve.

The Outer Banks, North Carolina

2. Pismo Beach, California

Pismo Beach is something you can go to for whatever activity you want. Whether you want to immerse in the water or just want to enjoy the sunset, this is the place to find whatever you want to do. You can also enjoy a much more energetic activity such as golfing, riding the dunes in a four-wheel ATV, horseback riding, surfing, body boarding or fishing. Even a leisurely walk at the boardwalk adjacent to the Pismo pier is already soul-stirring.

Pismo Beach, California

3. Falmouth, Massachusets

Falmouth is a quaint New England town with beautiful beaches and harbors. People love the sunset here and its serenity. Though the town is quiet, there are more than a handful of things to do: sailing, kite surfing, paddle-boarding, surfing, and swimming. You can also go hunting and fishing. Falmouth is also home to many historical sites you may want to explore.

Falmouth, Massachusets

Photo by VRBO.com
4. Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Located in the Mid-Atlantic and the state’s largest beach, you’ll love this beach with great temperatures and outlet shopping. The place is known as the “Nation’s Summer Capital”. Top place to visit is the Delaware Seashore State Park where you can go swimming, sunbathing, fishing and boating. You can also camp using tents or park your recreational vehicle in the park with electricity, water, shower, and sewer year-round available for campers.

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Photo by Realty Times
5. Block Island, Rhode Island

Block Island has been able to manage a low profile. But that doesn’t mean it is short on attractions and natural beauty. It doesn’t have that much crowd as other popular beaches but the good news is you can have the 17-miles of pristine beaches all by yourself. If you feel restless on the beach, you can do bike riding, hiking, horseback riding, bird-watching, snorkeling, fishing, parasailing, kayaking, and sailing. Another bonus: the dining options are diverse and delicious!

Block Island, Rhode Island

Photo by Yankee Magazine
Do you know any other underrated travel destinations in the US? Let us know in the comments below.