Discover These American Gems Before The Crowds Do

The United States is a vast country full of vast possibilities when it comes to travel. Many of the country's top destinations are extremely overrated, however, and you'll find that some of the nation's true gems are actually located off the beaten path. In the age of social media and increasing domestic tourism numbers, however, it's only a matter of time before many lesser known spots are crawling with tourists.[slideshow:104627]

From small islands best seen from the water to artistic communities and quaint villages, there are many American destinations that are surprisingly under-the-radar yet worthy of your attention. With fewer crowds, they seem quite untouched and a perfect slice of authentic Americana. Take a vacation that doesn't require a passport, and visit these American gems before the word gets out.

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