Looking for the perfect destination for a vacation is almost an impossible task at times. There are so many amazing places to see in the grand world we live in and sometimes, all the choices we have can be dizzying. Do you want to spend your hard-earned vacation backpacking through Europe? Or maybe lying on a beach in some tropical location that you only thought existed in your imagination? Or even maybe, you want to spend your time at one of the world’s best kept secrets. A place that hasn’t been hailed as a tourist destination as of yet, but holds all the beauty and wonder of a place that everyone is dying to go. Below is a list of ten places that are completely amazing yet, totally underrated. These vacation spots can provide the perfect location for anyone who just needs to get away from it all, and the cherry on top is that you won’t have to deal with all those tourists (which we can all agree, can sometimes be a little annoying). It will just be you soaking up all the culture and beauty that your vacation spot has to offer.
10. Bilbao, Spain
There are a number of famous cities that everyone is dying to go to in Spain, but none of them is quite like Bilbao. The city boasts a number of inspiring museums, beautiful plazas and breathtaking landscapes. Some of the many things that you can do on your trip to Bilbao include: a visit to the Guggenheim Museum, a look at the Santiago Cathedral and an exploration of Bilbao’s coast. What’s more, is that Bilbao is now one of Europe’s major art centers. So if you’re looking for a place to get your inspiration and creativity flowing, Bilbao might just be the perfect place for you.
9. Gdansk, Poland
Although Gdansk has had a rough history, the small city has come back into its prime, stronger than ever. Much of the architecture in Gdansk was destroyed during WWII, but eventually the people of Gdansk rebuilt the town into its former glory. The beautiful town boasts cobbled roads, quaint houses and particular museums. There is even a coastline that provides a one-of-a-kind view for the tourists who are looking to add a little beauty to their lives. And for the tourists who want to let loose, Gdansk has a great nightlife for those who want to forget their problems for a while. This unique city is perfect for the tourist who is ready to get lost in a city filled with life and culture.
8. Quito, Ecuador
Quito is the perfect destination for the more active tourist. Quito is actually the capital of Ecuador and it was founded on the ruins of an Inca City. The city has some of the best-preserved Inca Architecture, so it is the ideal place to go and soak up some history. In addition, Quito has a number of physical activities for tourists, so they can see the breathtaking city of Quito while getting their heart pumping. Visitors can Mountain Bike, raft and even explore the Amazon forest during their memorable stay. After a day of physical activity, you can always take a break on one of the many beaches that the city has to offer.
7. Avebury, England
You’ve probably heard of Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire England, but you might not have heard of Avebury. Avebury is an eerie Neolithic henge monument that contains three stone circles. It is actually the largest stone circle in all of Europe. Archaeologists believe that the stone circle was used for some sort of ritual or ceremony, but they don’t know much else about it. Although you might not want to spend your whole vacation in the little town of Avebury, it’s definitely worth the trip to see this prehistoric mystery and who knows, maybe you’ll come up with your own theory concerning Avebury.
6. Dresden, Germany
Although Dresden was practically completely destroyed during a WWII bombing, the city has risen up from the ashes into one of Europe’s most beautiful destinations. The city is one of Germany’s most elegant Baroque towns. There is nothing quite like the scenery in Dresden, which has caused many artists to sit down and capture the beauty that it offers. While on vacation in Dresden, you can visit one of the many world-class museums, enjoy the nightlife at one of its many pubs and relax in one of the riverside beer gardens. Whatever you choose to do in Dresden, you’re sure to have a once in a lifetime experience.
5. Granada, Nicaragua
The city of Granada offers one of the oldest colonial towns in Central America. Although Granada is on its way to becoming a popular tourist destination, it’s still relatively underrated. When visiting Granada, you can take a horse drawn carriage through the park, visit the La Calzada Art center, or even rent some kayaks to explore the city by water. If you do manage to make it to Granada once in your lifetime, make sure you try the coffee there, it’s supposed to be amazing.
4. Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes is one of the most underrated islands in Greece. While most tourists would choose to go to Santorini or Mykonos to enjoy their Greek style vacation, Rhodes has a type of atmosphere that the other islands just don’t have. Rhodes boasts an abundance of beaches, valleys and ruins. During your vacation in Rhodes, you can get lost in Old Town, dive in its crystal-clear water and if you’re lucky enough to be in Rhodes during the summer, you can enjoy one of your days by taking a trip to the valley of butterflies. Rhodes is the perfect place to be if you want to relax on the beach, while getting lost in the culture that the city has to offer.
3. Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam. This diverse city presents tourists with a fascinating blend of East and West. Hanoi always leaves a lasting impression on the tourists that stay there. It’s a bustling city that is arguably on of the most beautiful places on Earth. During your visit to Hanoi, you can visit the Vietnamese Women’s museum, take a trip to the Temple of Literature, relax for a day at the Hoan Kiem Lake and see a show at one of the city’s two theaters. Hanoi is the perfect destination for the tourist who wants to do a little bit of everything during their vacation.
2. Stromboli, Italy
Stromboli is a small Italian Volcanic Island that is located just North of Sicily. Although the island doesn’t have much more to it than the volcano, it’s still definitely worth a day trip. Stromboli is a fully active volcano that is always going through some mild activity. This makes Stromboli one of the most spectacular views to see on the list. While you’re on the island of Stromboli, you can also explore the two small villages that have been nearly untouched by tourism, relax on a black sand beach, or if you truly are a thrill seeker, you can even climb the Stromboli volcano. And when your done climbing the volcano, you can always relax at the open-air bar, Bar Ingrid.
1. Bay Islands, Honduras
The Bay Islands are some of the last beaches in the Caribbean to be untouched by tourism. It is the perfect vacation for someone who truly wants to get away from it all. The Islands offer tourists sandy white beaches that stretch on for miles, without the hustle and bustle of a tourist region. It is truly a travelers paradise. While in the Bay Islands, you can of course, relax on the beach but you can also go zip lining, scuba diving, see the Marine Park and visit the exquisite Butterfly Garden. The Bay Islands is one of the world’s best-kept secrets.