Tired of the same old tourist traps and crowded destinations? Then maybe it's time to set your sights on something extraordinary and out of the way or should we say "off the beaten path".

While the travel blog Trips to Discover is great at showcasing those incredible vacation destinations across the world we all seem to have on our bucket lists, they also love giving travelers something different to try. for a change. They just released a list of "15 Best Off-the-Beaten Path Vacation Destinations in the U.S." and a historic Upper Peninsula town has gotten some notoriety.

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Trips to Discover wanted to highlight those "hidden gems that manage to fly beneath the radar"  that include places  "from lesser-known national parks to small towns with an interesting history and a wealth of outdoor adventure nearby". With that in mind, it's easy to see why one Michigan town made the list.

The town of Houghton, Michigan, a former mining town, landed on the list of 15 new places to check out on your next vacation, and it's easy to see why. This charming town of just 8,386 is located on the Keweenaw Peninsula and offers a true chance to "get away" for visitors.

"Set along the shores of Lake Superior on the Keweenaw Peninsula, the university city of Houghton is surrounded by natural beauty while offering rich history and lots of things to see and do. It’s known for its copper mining past, which visitors can explore on a Quincy Mine tour as well as in the Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw, focused on the region’s cultural and natural history", Trips to Discover wrote. "Along College Avenue, marvel at the Colonial Revival architecture. During the warmer months, a myriad of water sports can be enjoyed along with world-class hiking and biking. In the winter, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are popular. You’ll find plenty of shops and restaurants too – don’t miss the chance to sample the area’s rare delicacy, the thimbleberry, with thimbleberry jellies and jams readily available".

Many Michiganders have known about this hidden gem in the U.P. for some time. If you haven't made the journey north yet, your ticket to an authentic and unforgettable vacation experience is waiting. It's where nature's beauty meets small-town charm without the tourist trap hustle and bustle.

View the complete list of the "15 Off-the-Beaten-Path Best Vacation Destinations in the U.S." here.

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