You’re probably here because you’re looking for somewhere new and interesting to visit that's not overrun with people. These four somewhat secret locations in the U.S. are just what you’re looking for.
This Bavarian-themed town in central Michigan is like a delightful little trip to Germany without ever leaving the U.S. There’s just something about Frankenmuth that feels magical. The covered wooden bridge leading to the mill almost feels like a portal into time gone by — a simpler time and place with a sprinkling of solitude.
But arguably the best thing in Frankenmuth is Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, a Christmas store that is the size of one-and-a-half football fields. Bronner’s has different sections throughout the store that divide its lights and decorations into themes and cultures. Located at 25 Christmas Lane, you should have no trouble finding it.
Welcome to Chocolatetown, U.S.A. It’s also referred to as The Sweetest Place on Earth. Hershey, Pennsylvania, is known as the birthplace of the Hershey Chocolate Company. Milton Hershey founded Hershey’s in 1894, selling chocolate bars and milkshakes. It's now one of the world’s largest chocolate companies. From the streetlights in downtown Hershey that look like Hershey’s Kisses to the cute chocolate bar character signs around town, Hershey is all about chocolate.
Hershey’s Chocolate World is a really fun place that you don’t want to miss. Not only can you buy any Hershey’s chocolate or merchandise item that you could ever dream of, but there’s also a tour ride that will show you how Hershey’s operates. Good luck getting that cow song out of your head.
Haddonfield, New Jersey
Haddonfield, New Jersey, is a quaint, English-inspired town just minutes from Philadelphia. The streets are lined with robust trees, boutiques and restaurants, and there’s a standing analog clock on a post in the middle of town.
It’s just cute.
The British Chip Shop and the English Gardener Shop are a restaurant and store, respectively, are two highlights. Of course, strolling the shady streets and gazing at the stunning mansions is also a great way to pass the time.
St. George, Utah
Driving into this southwestern Utah town, you’re greeted by imposing red rock mountains juxtaposed with snow-capped ones under a glorious blue sky. It’s like heaven. St. George is also conveniently located just 45 minutes from Zion National Park and about 90 minutes from Las Vegas.
The most noticeable landmark in St. George is the St. George Temple, the first Mormon temple built in Utah. You can see it if you’re driving on Route 15. Also in St. George is the Red Hills Desert Garden, a five-acre conservation garden of desert plants and endangered species that bursts with color when you least expect it. For another fascinating experience, visit the St. George Dinosaur Discovery at Johnson Farm, a museum with preserved footprints and fossils from dinosaurs and other ancient animals of Utah.