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The Most Underrated Cities On The East Coast

Do you live on the East Coast or plan to take a trip there? If so, you should consider visiting one of the many underrated cities adorning the coast rather than the typical big tourist destinations.

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The best thing about going somewhere underrated is that you won't have to worry so much about overcrowding due to it being a notable tourist trap, such as New York City or Virginia Beach. There are plenty of places to go on the East Coast that people totally overlook or forget about, here's ten!

10 Red Bank, New Jersey

Red Bank was dubbed one of the "hippest" towns by Smithsonian Magazine and it's not hard to figure out why. Are you a fan of Kevin Smith or Jay and Silent Bob? If so, you should visit the Kevin Smith-owned comic book shop located here!

There are also historic local theaters where you can go see a show or concert known as Count Basie and also the Two River Theater. If you're more inclined to gaming, they have a classic arcade called Yestercades that includes arcade games straight out of the '80s. Pretend you're in an episode of Stranger Things and pay it a visit.

9 Delaware City, Delaware

Delaware is a small state that often gets overlooked but you might be surprised at how much there is to do there. Visiting the Fort Delaware State Park is definitely a must. It contains a historical Civil War prison.

And the local history museum has some fascinating exhibits featuring dinosaurs that would be a real treat for your kids. You should also be sure you stop by to eat at Crabby Dick's for some of the best seafood around in the area. Plus, Delaware is the first state and its historical value shouldn't be ignored.

8 Aiken, South Carolina

Aiken is a beautiful place to visit if you love the outdoors and especially if you love horses. This is a town that is known for its love of all things equestrian. One of its best features is its epic concert series that runs from May to October with six in total. They also feature an annual two-day craft event and many other festivals in the area.

There are multiple horseback-riding and biking trails. Then you can visit the equine rescue centers and even volunteer your time if you like. Don't forget about the Arboretum either! Finally, you'll want to visit the Hitchcock Woods which is one of the largest urban forests in the country.

7 Ithaca, New York

When you think about New York the first places you probably consider visiting are New York City or Manhattan, but there are plenty of other cool cities in the state many people miss out on! Ithaca is home to some truly unique places to visit. The A.D. White Library affixed to Cornell University is a must-visit for avid readers.

At one point the book had a massive collection of 90,000 books! If you enjoy nature, then you should go to Cayuga Nature Center which is a six-story treehouse that offers breathtaking views of the finger lakes. Perhaps one of the weirder things to do is visit the Wilder Brain Collection located at Cornell. You'll be surprised by the beauty of Ithaca too, it's a fun place to just walk the streets.

6 Fort Walton Beach, Florida

If you're looking for a nice place to go to the beach then Fort Walton is a great area for that. There are several beautiful beaches here where you can go parasailing, swimming, or simply relax! But even if you want a break from the sun and surf you can visit many of the museums in the area.

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They have everything from an Indian museum, post office museum, schoolhouse museum, and even more! Plus there is the famous Gulfarium Marine Adventure where you can interact with dolphins or take a catamaran out on the water.

5 Floyd, Virginia

Depending on where you live in Virginia you might not see much of the country or heartland, but Floyd, Virginia offers a nice and open landscape that will make you feel like you're journeying into the country's heart. There is plenty to do there all-year-round, especially for arts.

Rocky Knob Recreation offers breathtaking views of the mountain ranges, stunning hiking trails, and you can even stay in some of the old cabins straight from the 1930s. If you're a nature fan you'll also want to visit the Buffalo National Preserve to see the pristine wildlife and ecosystem. Beyond that, you'll also be able to visit several art galleries and museums in the area.

4 Baltimore, Maryland

Despite being the capital of Maryland, many people don't think of Baltimore as a great place to go and spend time beyond the occasional business trip or if you're already in the Washington D.C. area.

However, Baltimore offers its own share of fun places to go. It's bursting with culture and arts if that interests you with plenty of fascinating museums such as the National Aquarium, Washington Monument, Babe Ruth Museum, Emerson Tower, and more. You can also pay a visit to the original Edgar Allen Poe house.

3 Hamden, Connecticut

One of the main draws of Hamden is the Sleeping Giant State Park due to its excellent hiking. If you're someone who likes to go on long walks of varying difficulty levels, then this is a great place for you to visit and it is beautiful. Many travelers like to go here simply to view the autumn foliage.

There are other notable parks in the area so this is a great city to visit if you really want to get in some outdoor adventures. The Counter Weight Brewery is also another great place to visit if you want some classic New England IPA and other excellent beer tastings.

2 Providence, Rhode Island

Many people skip Providence in favor of New York City but Providence is kind of a smaller more idyllic version of New York in some ways. You can still get some of the adorable, cutesy town streets with little shops adorning each strip.

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Plus it's located near the Newport Harbor and you won't have far to travel if you want to go visit some of the seaside spots or take a boat trip. They even offer narrated boat tours and day trips to Martha's Vineyard. You can also visit notable schools like Brown University and RISD Museum of Art and going to the Roger Williams Park is a must.

1 Portland, Maine

You may have heard of Portland, Oregon, but have you ever thought about visiting the East Coast version of Portland located in Maine? Take a guided walking tour through the historic city, particularly in Old Port, or indulge in some of the best seafood you'll ever taste.

They also offer food and brewery tours! You should also make time to visit Cape Elizabeth, it makes for a great day trip.

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