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Unique Travel Destinations Worth Visiting in 6 Popular Vacation Spots

Discover the best hidden gems across the United States

The Vacationeer

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Every vacation destination has its go-to tourist attractions, and it's only natural to check the boxes off your must-see list. However, there are plenty of unique travel destinations to explore in the most popular cities across America. 

Here are underrated travel destinations worth exploring to make your next vacation unforgettable. 

1. New York City

For history buffs, there’s plenty of less traditional sightseeing to be had in The Big Apple. See an actual piece of the Berlin Wall in a plaza on Madison Avenue. Discover an old World War I fighter plane on the rooftop of 77 Water Street. Visit the southern tip of Roosevelt Island to explore the forgotten ruins of the country’s first hospital dedicated to treating smallpox patients.

Where to stay in NYC: Soak in picturesque views of the Manhattan skyline while enjoying world-class accommodations at one of our four New York City timeshare properties.

Rest your head at West 57th Street by Hilton ClubThe Quin by Hilton ClubThe Hilton Club — New York or The Residences by Hilton Club for an incomparable location and award-winning service during your stay in The City That Never Sleeps. 

2. Chicago

You won't find a yellow brick road, but Oz Park is worth visiting for Wizard of Oz fans. It's dedicated to Chicago-native Lyman Frank Baum, who authored the beloved children’s book series. Appreciate the wonders of modern medicine at the International Museum of Surgical Science, or check out a real $10,000 bill at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's Money Museum.

Where to stay in Chicago: Take in the Windy City's breathtaking architectural wonders with spacious accommodations along the Magnificent Mile at Hilton Grand Vacations Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile.

3. Las Vegas

Step off the crowded Strip, and you’ll find no shortage of one-of-a-kind destinations. Feel like a kid in an arcade at the Pinball Hall of Fame while playing vintage machines from the 1960s to 1980s. Experience the glow of Vegas signs from the past at the Neon Boneyard, or marvel at famous rides like the Dukes of Hazzard’s “General Lee” and the Batmobile at the Hollywood Car Museum.

Where to stay in Las Vegas: Rest and relax amid the bright lights and bustle of Las Vegas at one of our five Sin City properties.

Choose from Elara, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club, Hilton Grand Vacations at the Flamingo, Hilton Grand Vacations on Paradise, Hilton Grand Vacations at Trump International Hotel Las Vegas or Hilton Grand Vacations on The Boulevard to reserve well-appointed accommodations from studios to 4-bedroom suites. 

4. San Francisco

San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz are no secret to travelers, but consider a hike to the top of Grandview Park to test your strength and endurance. You’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and Bay Area.

Open your ears to the sounds of wave-activated music at the Wave Organ, an acoustic sculpture. Travel back to the 1960s and experience hippie subculture on display in the Haight Ashbury district.

Where to stay in San Francisco: Retreat from your adventures in The Golden City at the stylish four-star boutique timeshare Club Donatello, complete with rooftop dining and idyllic views of San Francisco’s Union Square. 

5. Myrtle Beach 

Sneak away from the crowded boardwalk and promenade to discover Lowcountry history on Sandy Island. Bring your tackle box and hiking shoes because the island, accessible only by boat, is home to plenty of opportunities for fishing and hiking.

Head down to Inlet Point Plantation and saddle up, where you can explore the shoreline by horseback. Spot the birds and wildlife along the hiking trails and boardwalk at Huntington Beach State Park.

Where to stay in Myrtle Beach: Ocean 22 by Hilton Grand Vacations ClubHilton Grand Vacations at Anderson Ocean Club and Ocean Enclave by Hilton Grand Vacations each provide the ideal setting to savor the sand, surf and southern charm of one of the most beloved beach towns in America.

6. Miami Beach

Venture away from South Beach to enjoy underrated South Florida fun, but first, begin the day with a Cuban-style breakfast in Miami’s Urban Core. Suit up in your snorkeling and diving gear to explore the reefs of Biscayne National Park.

Experience "Old Florida" at Barnacle Historic State Park, an area once owned by pioneers or make a splash in the Venetian Pool, where competitive swimmer Esther Williams once made her way through the waters.

Where to stay in Miami: After a day spent discovering this coastal city's hidden gems, grab a mojito and put your feet up at Hilton Grand Vacations at McAlpin — Ocean Plaza, which personifies the casual glamour for which this seaside playground is known. 

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The Vacationeer

The Vacationeer is a collective of Hilton Grand Vacations storytellers whose goal is to inspire travelers to go further. We're always on the lookout for new destinations to explore, useful travel tips, and unique ideas to help you plan the most memorable vacations possible.

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