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|Top 10 Least Popular States to Visit in The USA|
When it comes to travel, we tend to focus more on international destinations. When visiting different states it’s definitely impressive to think of just how much there is to see at home.
There are endless rankings of the US states: whether they are the best places to live, the best places to do business, or how much fun they are. Such judgments are made by economists, companies, and journalists – but what do Americans themselves think?
Prior to the survey, YouGov asked respondents, “Regardless of where you live now, which state do you consider yourself to be from?” and also “Regardless of where you are from, which state do you live in now?” Americans chose their home state 77% of the time it was shown, virtually the same as how often they selected their current state of residence (79%).
About one-third of Americans report currently living in a state other than their home state. These people selected their home state 70% of the time, with people living in their home state saying it is better in 81% of matchups.
6. Rhode Island
10. North Dakota
Annual visitors: 2.53 million
If only Alaska was anywhere closer than “next to Russia.” It’s a long, cold trek to reach the last frontier, but absolutely worth the effort. Given that half the state's visitors come via cruise ship, we're guessing that Alaska's tourism numbers are going to dip even further in the immediate future. But you needn't be living the lido-deck life amid the towering fjords and blue glaciers. In this expansive land full of majestic wilderness and wildlife, exploration happens by car, plane, train, snowmobile, and even dog sled.
Juneau has a big-league food scene for such a small city, and the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage is the best in the nation to see polar bears and other Arctic wildlife. And if you can brave the dead of winter, Alaska is lucky to be the only place in our great nation with a seat for the northern lights.
Annual visitors: 9.2 million
Being directly south of Montana, Wyoming shares many of its wild natural charms, including the majority of Yellowstone National Park, with over two million acres covering the state’s northwestern corner. Many of the landmarks — including Old Faithful, Lower Falls, and the Grand Prismatic Spring — will be familiar to Americans through photos and paintings, but seeing them up close really is a fabulous experience.
Even if you’re not a massively outdoorsy type, Yellowstone has hotels and motels if you don’t fancy backwoods camping, and if you do, permits are easy to get before setting out on your adventure.
Again, similar to Montana, Wyoming has a Western heritage, but takes it even further with dude ranches offering travelers the chance to get involved in the day-to-day business of ranching, while also offering horseback trips and fishing expeditions along with the fence-fixin’ and cattle-drivin’.
Annual visitors: 9.2 million
Virtually all of Delaware seems to be taken up with friendly beach-front communities. Rehoboth Beach, with its boardwalk, bandstand and amusement park seems like nothing has changed since about 1952, but it’s also one of the most progressive places in the region with a large number of LGBT-owned and operated businesses, as well as two LGBT-friendly beaches. The bandstand hosts bands at free concerts during the summer months, and it’s also one of the top dining destinations on the coast, with a selection of fantastic restaurants and bars.
Down the coast, Bethany Beach, South Bethany, and Fenwick Island are popularly known as “The Quiet Resorts” due to… well, being quieter, family-friendly sorts of places, but still home to top-class beaches with sailing and surfing on offer. Indeed, alcohol has only been sold in Bethany Beach since 1982, even today limiting the number of bars in the town and stopping sales at 11.30 pm.
It’s this mixture of cosmopolitan culture to the north and Southern-style charm and traditionalism that makes Delaware such an interesting place. Hills, beaches, farms, and the occasional city or colonial manor house, all come together to make the state a curiously interesting place to visit.
Annual visitors: 12.6 million
Montana? The state with Glacier AND Yellowstone national parks is the fourth LEAST-visited state? Yep. We really shouldn’t need to sell you on why you should visit Montana; the aforementioned national parks and Big Sky country are reasons enough to make the trip.
Nevertheless, we encourage you to check out Whitefish, which has become a trendy resort town outside of Glacier with first-rate skiing; or Livingston, a town that wears its rowdy past and thirst for adventure on its surprisingly artsy sleeve. If you’re into fly fishing, there’s no better place to do it than Missoula, where the Blackfoot River was made famous in A River Runs Through It and the beer scene punches way above its weight. And if you're into literally any other outdoor activity—stargazing, hiking, biking, mountaineering, bear cosplay, hunting, snowshoeing, rafting... we could do this all day—you'll probably find the best possible version of it a stone's throw from wherever you are at any given moment.
Annual visitors: 13 million
Rugged and forested, crisscrossed with hiking trails, and with more than its fair share of plaid shirts and pick-up trucks, Vermont can also be quaint and homely through covered bridges, antique shops, and maple syrup.
It’s an all-year-round kind of state, with skiing at places like Stowe, Manchester, and the creatively named Mount Snow in the winter, and summer spent by the lakes and swimming holes. Fall is when the foliage has its annual explosion of reds and golds, and spring is bracing and healthy.
Bennington County is the place to see the best of the aforementioned bridges, where every creek and stream seems to be crossed by a bit of wooden Victoriana. They include the 88-foot-long Silk Road Bridge which crosses the Walloomsac River and dates from 1840.
If you’re up for some hiking, camping or fishing, Vermont is a great destination for these as well, with 75% of the state covered by forest. Get into the woods for a day or two and live like a real explorer, trekking between settlements and startling the moose. Check out the beautiful Quechee Gorge, Vermont’s “Little Grand Canyon”, and feel like it’s just you and nature in all the world.
When you’re done with the outdoors and deserve a treat, head to Burlington for a craft beer tour, stopping at local breweries and pubs across the bustling little city, or to the world-famous Ben & Jerry’s factory for a look around and an ice-cream made up of any flavors you like!
Annual visitors: 26.2 million
Yes, Rhode Island is tiny, geographically-speaking. But what it lacks in size, it makes up for in grandeur. From stunning seascapes, to world-class wineries, to important historical sights, this state has it all. Catch some sun and surf along its over 380-mile shoreline on the Atlantic Ocean and Narragansett Bay. Or, get out and explore the unique Block Island, located 13 miles off the coast. The island has a small, charming town, and can be reached by ferry from the historic Point Judith Lighthouse. For a great view of indigenous wildlife, plan a trip to Prudence Island for excellent bird-watching at the Prudence Conservancy, or catch a glimpse of harbor seals at the National Estuarine Research Preserve. Newport County was once a popular summer destination for wealthy New Yorkers, and many of its austere mansions can be visited by the public.
Annual visitors: 36.5 million
For starters, to scope out the territory, Kansas will pay you to move there. Relocate to one of its rural areas and the state will cover your income tax for the next five years. This is not a bad deal, because Kansas’ rural areas are—and this truly does not get said enough—stunning. And some of them are really, really weird in the best possible way. Case in point: Lucas, the Grassroots Art Capital of Kansas.
Few things beat a solitary morning spent among the state’s quiet fishing lakes, or its protected marshes filled with migratory birds. But don’t get it into your head that the best reasons to visit (or, like, buy a home in) Kansas are only about having quiet time in nature. Wichita is home to celebrated breweries, art galleries, urban murals, exciting new food trucks, and botanical gardens throwing live music shows when the weather’s nice. Kansas is in that rare sweet spot; it’s got everything you need.
Annual visitors: 20 million
"The College World Series might be the best multi-day event in sports. But they use aluminum bats and my alma mater barely even had an intramural softball team." It's still worth hitting, without a doubt. But for reasons to visit Nebraska other than college baseball or Warren Buffett, allow us to suggest...
Football. The redded-out Memorial Stadium in Lincoln has sold out every game since 1962 and, despite the program's recent struggles (see ya, Bo!), the fans remain some of the most intense and spirited in the sport. Also, unlike in most big-time stadiums, they're polite to visitors.
If you'd prefer to participate in sports rather than watch them, Nebraska is one of the top destinations in the world for quail and pheasant hunters; the annual One Box Hunt in Broken Bow draws celebrities and top hunters every October and is considered one of the most revered hunts in the country.
Finally, you can't exit Nebraska without a visit to Chimney Rock or Scotts Bluff National Monument. Both are tall million-years-old stone monuments created when prairie winds carved away the natural rock.
Annual visitors: 24.7 million
This is the birthplace of American music. Start your sonic education in Tupelo (Elvis did), where you can walk up three different music trails—through cotton fields, churches, train depots, and nightclubs—to learn about the roots of blues and country music. Mississippi is also home to three of the five driving trails on the Americana Music Triangle, a 1,500-mile highway route through five states with historical stops related to countless types of music from the region, including blues, jazz, country, rock & roll, R&B/soul, gospel, Southern gospel, Cajun/zydeco, and bluegrass.
When you can't talk about Buddy Guy anymore, there are also 26 miles of pristine water and white sand beaches here, without anywhere near the number of tourists or tacky T-shirt shops you'd find in Florida. And unlike other beach towns on the Gulf, Biloxi and Gulfport have casinos. While you're there, hit the Beau Rivage for the best nightlife in the state, or head to the Walter Anderson Art Museum in nearby Ocean Springs.
Annual visitors: 22.6 million
Teddy Roosevelt loved North Dakota so much that he bought a ranch here, then made it a national park. Today, North Dakota has 63 national wildlife refuges and 13 state parks, and offers visitors the chance to see not only an albino buffalo, but the world’s largest buffalo in general—Dakota Thunder—at the National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown.
But it's not all rural land and Bull Moose. Fargo's one of America's most underrated cities tucked into an overlooked state. Amid its highly walkable streets, you'll find a food scene that goes beyond hot dishes and into fine dining and international fare, plus a vibrant brewing community in the midst of a beer boom. The music scene carries a surprising punk undercurrent, while bars range from gloriously divey Empire to the farm-to-glass cidery Wild Terra. In a place that defies expectation, though, there's some things that you can absolutely bank on: You betcha the wood chipper from Fargo is on display in the visitor center.
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