Nothing kills the relaxing vibe of a summer vacation like a huge crowd of people. That's why we recommend seeking out destinations a little off the beaten path. Maybe it’s a seaside village tucked away from the hustle and bustle. Or perhaps it’s a tiny town with a quaint bed and breakfast that is known for its homemade blueberry scones. If you’re longing for this type of vacation getaway, read on to discover some relaxing summer destinations in the U.S. that the masses don't know about yet.
Playalinda Beach, Florida
If you're on the hunt for a low-key vacation spot, you can’t go wrong with Playalinda Beach, Florida. Situated in Canaveral National Seashore, it’s one of Florida's best kept secrets, a place where surfers chase some of the finest waves in the state. Stay in the neighboring town of Titusville and you're a few minutes away from the famous Kennedy Space Center. And if you don't mind one day with crowds, Titusville is only an hour away from Orlando.
New Bern, North Carolina
When you think about vacations in North Carolina, you probably imagine traveling to Asheville or Charlotte. But if you long for a secluded vacation spot, consider New Bern. Located on the central coast of North Carolina, New Bern is nestled close to the Neuse River, which provides tourists plenty of water activities, including fishing, boating, swimming and ferry tours. New Bern’s Tryon Palace allows you to travel back in time to the 1700s when New Bern was the state capital. Actors in period-correct clothing interact with visitors, providing tours and demonstrations. If that’s not your thing, you can always check out Fort Macon State Park and New Bern Battlefield Park.
Sandbridge Beach, Virginia
While everyone else is fighting the crowds at Virginia Beach, you can be sitting pretty at Sandbridge Beach. Picture yourself reclining on your towel sipping a chilled drink, enjoying plenty of space on the gorgeous sand. Situated 15 miles from the resort area, Sandbridge has plenty to offer, just without the crowds. Once you’re done at the beach, head on over to False Cape State Park and enjoy hiking and kayaking. Don’t forget to visit Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and explore its marshes. You won’t find lots of hotels in this part of Virginia, so rent a condo or beach house, and you can enjoy some peace and quiet just steps away from the ocean.
Mid Beach in Tybee Island, Georgia
Mid Beach is an ideal place if you want to hide out from all the other tourists. Located near Savannah, Georgia, Tybee Island is the spot to go if you are one of the locals. It’s a barrier island with five public beaches. Tourists can rent a vacation home or check into one of several hotels. The island has only one restaurant, Marlin Monroe’s. So if you want to make like Greta Garbo and be left alone, this is the place to be.
Block Island, Rhode Island
Let all those other tourists hightail it over to Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard and the Hamptons. You’ll be one smart vacationer if you go to Block Island instead. This low-key neighbor to those other three spots offers 17 miles of breathtakingly white beaches.
While in Block Island, you can wander around lighthouses or go hiking on one of several trails. Take a self-guided bike tour or visit an art gallery. Get in the water and surf or kayak. When you’re hungry, eat at one of Block Island’s many restaurants. Choose from casual dining, upscale restaurants and a variety of other excellent places to grab a bite to eat.