Two of the Most Underrated Destinations in the US Are in New England
Here in New England, we know that we're pretty lucky to live in one of the best parts of the US.
Over the years, countless studies have directed high praise towards our region. Last year, a WalletHub study announced the best small cities in the country, and eight New England towns made the list. Our area has also been highlighted for having some of the most magical winter wonderland towns, hottest zip codes in America, and restaurants that made the New York Times' Restaurant List.
Now, it turns out that our neck of the woods is also home to two of the most underrated destinations in the country, according to CNN Travel.
The study's goal was to find locations that have passed beneath tourists' "travel radar" and remained "refreshingly underrated despite the surge in travel this past year." As we get further away from 2020, people have definitely been taking to the roads and skies and traveling all over the place. It's often these obscure, hidden gem locations that make for the best vacation destinations. Better than fighting huge crowds, right?
So, which two New England spots were highlighted on the list? Well, those would be....
#1- Central Massachusetts
Yes, we know that this is a pretty broad region, but CNN goes on to reference Northampton, specifically. The almost 30,000-person town is home to places like Smith College, Thornes Marketplace, and Look Memorial Park.
#2- Block Island, Rhode Island
CNN explains that this place is largely home to nature areas like wildlife refuges, but it's also got over 50 stores, shops, and art galleries, according to the town's website. You just have to take the ferry to get there, which could be a fun adventure in itself.
Now, here's a look at those eight small New England cities considered by WalletHub to be among the best in the country.