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Stars and Stripes: Try these under-the-radar family travel destinations

From the bloggers at Stars and Stripes.

The most common reaction we get when people learn about our family’s year—long trek around the country living in a travel trailer is, “So what was your favorite place?” It’s not that it’s an unreasonable question, it’s just impossible to answer.

Despite 40,000 miles under our timing belts and miniature plastic license plates from most of the 49 states you can drive to (next time, Nebraska), so many of this country’s attractions await our discovery. “Best place” is hopeless anyway, like picking a favorite child or singling out the best slice of pie in the Florida Keys. You love them all.

By the numbers, Great Smoky Mountains, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Yellowstone draw the most visitors. But how about the unheard-of or under-appreciated gems further down the list? They deserve some love, too.

I love the underdogs, those obscure places that surprised us with their culture, history, learning opportunities, recreation and beauty. These are the places we could easily have missed but now can’t stop raving about, those we dream of returning to before our kids leave the nest. In no particular order:

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