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Written by Carl Hedinger

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Uncover Great American Cities

Whether one is traveling for business or pleasure, sometimes places don’t immediately jump out and say “Visit Me!” Maybe noisier neighbors overshadow them and make you think no other fun spots could be in the area. With a mix of indoor and outdoor fun, I’m going to help you uncover American cities from Richmond all the way down to Corpus Christi.

Richmond, Virginia

If you plan to visit Richmond, get ready for a historic city that starts with walks or drives down Monument Avenue. There are varieties of statues dedicated to Confederate war heroes, and they’re worth at least a snippet of your time. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is Richmond’s most popular attraction and is full of exhibits spanning various periods and styles. Many visitors love Omni Richmond Hotel for its access to all these sites and more.

Morgantown, West Virginia

Many people come to Morgantown to see West Virginia University battle in football at Milan Puskar Stadium or play basketball at the Coliseum. However, there is more to Morgantown and you’ll find that out after booking a stay at Waterfront Place Hotel. Start by checking out the locally produced food at the Morgantown Farmer’s Market or touring the Forks of Cheat Winery. Walk through the woods at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, and you’ll definitely get off to a good start with the best of Morgantown.

Wheeling, West Virginia

Many people head to West Virginia’s northern panhandle for a look at Wheeling. Oglebay Park is the big draw in the area for year-round fun, including walking trails and picnic spots, but the winter Festival of Lights show is why many people visit. Relax at a hotel like Oglebay Resort and Conference Center before learning about the state’s formation at West Virginia Independence Hall. Photographers and aesthetically minded travelers will love the Wheeling Suspension Bridge that lights up at night!

Plano, Texas

Many people will visit Plano for business, since it’s known as a corporate hub, but there are reasons to head there just for fun, too! Arbor Hills Nature Preserve shows off the city’s abundance of flat spaces for running, walking, or cycling. Homewood Suites by Hilton Plano-Richardson is near historic downtown Plano and a wealth of eats and quaint cobblestone streets. The Interurban Railway Museum will explain the history of Plano and Texas train transportation.

Corpus Christi, Texas

Spend time in Corpus Christi on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, and stay along the water at Emerald Beach Hotel. Visit attractions like the massive USS Lexington and the Texas State Aquarium nearby. Padre Island National Seashore’s collection of clean beach and wildlife is very popular with Corpus Christi locals and visitors to the area. Head a bit inland to visit the South Texas Botanical Gardens for flowers, butterflies, and more! You’ll find comfortable lodging at hotels such as Embassy Suites Corpus Christi to make your stay even more enjoyable.

Now that you’ve uncovered some truly interesting cities to explore, which ones speak most to you? Let these great places serve as just another demonstration that your bucket list is still incomplete. Whether you’re at the Morgantown Farmer’s Market or enjoying historic downtown Plano, I hope you have big fun in these lesser-known American cities.

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About the author

Carl Hedinger

I’m a writer and recovering American expat who shares my family’s travels through life. Follow our adventures here and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


  • The best part about living in the US for 3 years was uncovering all these small cities and towns that I would never visit if I was merely traveling. I was seeking for a slice of Americana and I’m glad I found it 🙂

    • I’ve just settled back in after being gone from here and can definitely feel you here, Danial. Even in my own state (North Carolina), there are tons of places to explore that I never knew about before. Any plans to come back and explore some more?

      • Definitely! I just have to wait for my little one to be a bit bigger so he too can appreciate traveling (and being brainwashed to be a Penn Stater).