Choosing a destination for an upcoming vacation can be difficult. There are so many lovely sights to see in the United States, but finding something that fits everyone in the group perfectly might be challenging. People’s minds might immediately go toward New York City or Los Angeles, but there are plenty of low-key destinations that are excellent for groups — and may not have as many crowds.
A low-key vacation is one that doesn’t require a lot of planning or money. Every vacation is bound to eat into a budget, but low-key vacations may not entail staying at the fanciest resort or eating only the highest-quality food. Low-key vacations can be expensive if the traveler wants them to be, but they’re usually perfect for people who want to relax on vacation or want to do something different from most people.
The Finger Lakes (New York)
Many of the lakes have special wine trails, which can take visitors through the famous wine country many of the lakes feature. The location has something for all ages in the form of museums and state parks. Travelers who are in it for the wine and scenery should travel to each of the 11 lakes. Those searching for something more fast-paced can make the journey to nearby Buffalo, New York, to take in more of the local sights.
Jekyll Island (Georgia)
Jekyll Island is one of the best places for travelers who love to see nature. The island hosts a race to mark the beginning of turtle season, where the sea turtles nest and lay their eggs. Jekyll Island used to be a retreat for only the wealthiest people, so some whispers of history remain for people interested in what has gone before. With both a historic district and attractions for every type of traveler, there will be something for any group here.
Quaint Villages (Delaware)
Kent County in Delaware has an abundance of natural beauty, making it one of the most spectacular destinations to vacation in. The Quaint Villages have everything from booming nightlife to quiet natural parks. A group can take part in lively outdoor sports or follow the trails and search for wildlife that could be hiding in the woods. It has a little something for everyone, no matter their personality type.
Eureka Springs (Arkansas)
This mountainside area is perfect for anyone who loves festivals and history. While it might not be the most historic site in the United States, it’s still a great option — if only to see the lovely shops and Victorian homes that line the downtown area. Walking through town will have a person feeling like they took a step back in time. If visitors want to relax, they also have the option to visit a spa or museums, making Eureka Springs the ultimate all-in-one trip.
Fredericksburg is an area of Texas not many people think of. Since it’s almost sandwiched between Austin and San Antonio, it can be easily overshadowed by larger cities — even though it shouldn’t. The city of Fredericksburg boasts German roots and is perfect for a romantic getaway. Though couples would love it in this city, so would families. The restaurants feature authentic German food, and it’s a great place for shopping. There are gorgeous lavender fields that go on for as long as the eye can see, and those alone are worth going for.
Mackinac Island (Michigan)
Voted the best island in the continental United States, Mackinac Island is a beautiful place to behold. It boasts car-free streets — transportation is done by horse-drawn carriages instead. The island is all-natural, meaning many landmarks are not artificial. It has a great downtown for shopping and even features a state park for people who want to take on an additional adventure.
Roanoke Island (North Carolina)
Part of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Roanoke Island is by far one of the most historic places a traveler can go — especially if they’re interested in unsolved mysteries. Roanoke Island was the location of the first attempted English settlement in the country, but by 1590, they had all disappeared. The small island contains two towns, and to learn more about the lost colony, travelers can visit the outdoor drama that recreates what may have happened. The island also features gardens and several fantastic shopping opportunities.
Alaska itself is rather out of the way and low-key, but travelers who definitely want to find something beautiful that not many other people know about should try one of the smaller towns in the state. The beauty of Alaska reaches all corners, including small towns. Homer isn’t far away from some of the more popular towns, but it contains multitudes of wildlife and even hosts a bird festival for waterfowl that return from migration. Homer is also famous for its fishing.
The Berkshires (Massachusetts)
The Berkshires have enough to offer that people can choose their own pathway of adventure when visiting. Nestled in the mountains, it’s perfect for a romantic getaway, a family outing, or a vacation with friends. It has plenty of outdoor activities to keep groups of any size busy. The best time to go might be during the fall when visitors can watch the leaves explode into an array of colors.
Take a Trip Somewhere Nice
People don’t need to go to a tourist-heavy spot to have a good time on vacation. While the more popular areas are definitely ones everyone needs to have on their bucket lists, visiting a less well-known spot can pay off. What matters is that the travelers have fun while on their journey. Everyone considering going on a low-key vacation should add one of these fantastic destinations to their list. It might just become their new favorite place to go.
About The Author
Ava Roman (she/her) is the Managing Editor of Revivalist, a women’s lifestyle magazine that empowers women to live their most authentic life. When Ava is not writing you’ll find her in a yoga class, advocating for body positivity, whipping up something delicious in the kitchen, or smashing the patriarchy.