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10 Places You Never Thought of Visiting (Pt. 1)

It's summer! Now what? Beat this southern heat and check out a some places in the States you might have never dreamed of visiting! Today we're looking at five get aways that range from coastal paradises to big cities with an old time feel.

Portland, ME

Foodies are about to lose it. Portland, Maine offers a variety of different cuisine but is mostly known for its seafood- especially its lobster. Portland is also home to over a dozen breweries, so if you like craft beer- Portland is for you. Make sure you check out the Old Port for tons of shopping, restaurants, cafes, and bars. Portland is also a short drive to a handful of beaches and three historic lighthouses.

Portland, Maine | Places to Go

{Photo via Gear Patrol}

2. Westerly, RI

Rhode Island is smaller than Berkeley County- but there sure is a lot to do. Westerly, Rhode Island is home to an upscale beach lifestyle. If you’re there to shop check out its coastal boutiques on Watch Hill. Stop by the Ocean House for High Tea. Grab a coffee at Dave’s Coffee and stop by their unique boutique.  And if you love ice cream, make sure to stop in at Brickleys (it’s a necessity). With a state as small as Rhode Island, everything is in close proximity. There are other beach towns nearby, such as Narragansett, Block Island, Newport, and Mystic, CT.Westerly, Rhode Island | Places to Go

{Photo via The Ocean House}


3. Cedar Key, FL

Described as a trip back in time to Old Florida, Cedar Key is a quiet retreat. This beach town boasts absolutely zero chain restaurants and stores, and you’ll have to stay in one of their quaint B&B’s right on the water. The old timey Key West look is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Kayak with dolphins, swim with manatees, and make sure to try some of their world-renowned clams.

{Photo via Southern Living}


4. Memphis, TN

Eighty miles southwest of Nashville, TN lies Memphis, TN. I hope you’re ready to dance because this is the birthplace of rock n’ roll and home of the blues. From Beale St. to Graceland there isn’t a shortage of sights to see here in Memphis. There are plenty of things to do an see! Take a trolley ride, sit back and enjoy a riverboat cruise, or maybe go on a haunted walking tour. Something unique to Memphis is the Duck Parade at the Peabody Hotel. You can check out the duck's suite on the top floor- and their spectacular view. Memphis, Tennessee | Places to Go

{Photo via Ditching Suburbia}


5. Cleveland, OH

A trip to the Midwest not on your radar? Cleveland, Ohio might make you change your mind. Cleveland is a place where historic and modern styles clash to create something beautiful and unique. Stop by East 4th street for food and drink. (We recommend Eerie Island Coffee Co.) Check out Cleveland’s botanical garden, or rock out at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Make sure to stop by America’s first shopping mall- the incredible Cleveland Arcade for some sight seeing.

{Photo via Emerald Event Center}

Want more?

Check us out next week for five more vacation destinations!