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    Hidden gems?

    Have you traveled to anywhere not particularly well known but amazing nonetheless? We all know the typical spots that inspire wanderlust, I'm looking for some off the beaten path ideas .

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    Re: Hidden gems?

    I don't know if it's a hidden gem exactly, but I recently went to Peterborough and saw the Cathedral there.

    Peterborough is smallish town in the East Midlands. I never would have been there if I didn't know someone who lived there, but the cathedral is just gorgeous and has an amazing history. It's were Catherine of Aragon is buried for starters. And the drive into town was through the most beautiful rapeseed fields in full bloom.

    I think you can find those sorts of places everywhere if you just keep your eyes open, though

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    Re: Hidden gems?

    I've never found any, but I will bump this, as I'm curious others experiences.

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    Re: Hidden gems?

    Zlemune, that sounds lovely! I think things of that nature can be considered hidden gems, depending on the person. I agree about the keeping your eyes open bit, as well .

    Thanks Alycat, I'm hoping people will be willing to share a few.

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    Re: Hidden gems?

    Just realized you probably meant within the US, given the board you posted in, whoops.

    So I'll mention Alameda, which is in the Bay Area. Where a lot of other places in the San Francisco Bay Area are known the world over, or at least locally, I feel like Alameda doesn't get a lot of love. I lived in SF for nearly 20 years before I finally went there.

    It's partly because it's not as easy to get to as most of the bay. But it has a really quaint 1950s vibe to it, with old military housing and little shops and good food places, including a tiki bar.

    Alameda Visual History | City of Alameda

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    Re: Hidden gems?

    My favorite vacation spot I've visited is probably Little Gasparilla Island in Florida. It's very small, you can walk the length of the beach easily, which is part of what I loved about it. I love a walk on the beach. It's not overly crowded, the beach itself is very nice. If you like quiet and sand and ocean, it's really perfect. We went down there once for a month and loved it. We then went to Florida a second time several years later, planning to visit the keys. After one day of driving through the keys looking for someplace nice, we turned around and drove back up and ended up staying at Gasparilla again. The Keys just couldn't compare to it.

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    Re: Hidden gems?

    Thanks for your replies....Zlemune, I would have been happy with outside US answers, I just wasn't sure where best to post it and post most often in here. That sounds very cool, thanks for the links!

    L3club, I've never been to Florida but that sounds lovely. Ocean peace? What's not to love?

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    Re: Hidden gems?

    Pioneertown, California is the best hidden gem if you want to travel back to the Old West. Located near Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree (where the Joshua Tree National Forest is-that's amazing in itself) Pioneertown is located in the high desert with beautiful desertscapes. They used to shoot westerns there and Dale Evans and Roy Rogers owned large parcels. There is horseback riding and ARV areas, but for the ultimate quaint factor there is the Pioneertown Hotel and Pappy and Harriets Desert Palace for entertainment and the best brew and a burger you can imagine. There are also other local attractions in neighboring Landers, CA where there is the Gubler Orchid Tour, the Integretron and Giant Rock (places of UFO lore and a Howard Hughes Hangout). Search any of these on the computer for an out of this world experience.

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    Re: Hidden gems?

    Most of the time when i travel to some rocky places, there are so many gems in the way but we don't have such identification of these gems so we can't get them right.

 

 

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